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Community Right to Challenge - Step 1

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Step 1: The Council specifies a period during which an expression of interest may be submitted.

Who has the Right to Challenge?

You must be a ‘relevant body’ to use the Community Right to Challenge.

These are:

  • voluntary and community groups;
  • parish councils;
  • charities;
  • groups of 2 or more employees of a ‘relevant authority’ (local council and fire and rescue authorities).
  • another person or body specified by the Secretary of State by regulation.


Most of the services provided by or on behalf of the Council are open to the Right to Challenge, but some are excluded by the statutory guidance. Click on the link above to find out what these are.

When can an expression of interest be submitted?

Birmingham City Council will only consider expressions of interest at certain times. These are:

  • For services currently delivered by the Council, we will receive expressions of interest during the period April to June;
  • For services currently delivered by another organisation through a contract with the Council, we will receive expressions of interest for a period of 3 months running from 12 months before the contract expiry date.

Organisations should contact the Council to establish if the service is delivered by the Council or by another organisation to identify when the expression of interest should be submitted.

Things an organisation should consider before submitting an expression of interest:

  • When deciding during the procurement exercise who is suitable to deliver the service, we will need to consider the organisation’s experience, financial resources and capability. Do they have the relevant skills, experience and financial resources to run the service successfully? Will they need to employ staff members or bring in additional skills and expertise?
  • Can they deliver the service for the whole of Birmingham or one area?
  • Will they need to join up with another organisation to provide the service?
  • How will their service delivery benefit and meet the needs of service users?
  • What benefits will their service provide to the wider community including the social, economic or environmental well-being of the area?
  • Do they have the time and money to commit to the procurement process which can often take some time to complete?