The right to challenge is the right to allow community groups to bid to run a local service. The right to challenge will allow voluntary and community groups, charities, parish councils, and local authority staff to bid to run a local authority service where they believe they can do so differently and better. This may be a whole service or part of a service.

Relevant bodies will need to submit a written expression of interest. Local authorities will have to consider and respond to expressions of interest which, if accepted, will trigger a procurement exercise for that service. The challenging body can then participate, alongside others.

It is expected that the community right to challenge regulations will to come into force on 27 June 2012. The draft statutory instrument is available on legislation.gov.uk.

Source: DCLG