Community Right to Challenge

The Community Right to Challenge is one of the community rights introduced by the Localism Act 2011.

The Community Right to Challenge allows voluntary and community groups, charities, parish councils or employees of the council to submit an expression of interest in running services of Salford City Council on behalf of the council.

The Community Right to Challenge applies to the majority of services provided by or on behalf of the council. The right to challenge can be made in respect of an entire service or part of a service. If an organisation is interested in running a service, they have to submit an expression of interest to the council.

The council then has to decide whether to accept, modify, or reject the expression of interest. If the expression of interest is accepted by the council, then a normal procurement exercise will take place for the service. The organisation that put forward the expression of interest can take part in this procurement exercise along with any others who wish to run the service.

Making an expression of interest

The following bodies are able to submit an expression of interest to the council:

  • A voluntary or community body
  • A charitable trust or body
  • A town or parish council
  • Two or more employees of the council

When you can submit an expression of interest

The council has determined that expressions of interest will only be accepted during the period from 2 January to 2 April each year.

How to submit an expression of interest

If your organisation is a relevant body and you wish to submit a formal expression of interest to the council, please complete the Community Right to Challenge application form from the downloadable documents section.

Downloadable documents

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