Community Right to Challenge
The Community Right to Challenge is the right for community organisations to submit an expression of interest in running services of local authority and fire and rescue authorities on behalf of that authority.
The legislative framework is contained in the Localism Act 2011, Part 5, Chapter 2 – Community Right to Challenge.
Submissions of Expressions of Interest
Daventry District Council (the “Council”) hereby specifies for the purpose of Section 82(2) of the Localism Act 2011 (the “Act”) periods during which expressions of interest, or expressions of interest in respect of a particular relevant service, may be submitted to the Council by a relevant body. Note that in accordance with Section 81(6) of the Act a relevant body is:
a) a voluntary or community body,
b) a body of persons or a trust which is established for charitable purposes only,
c) a parish council,
d) in relation to the Council, two or more employees of the Council, or
e) such other person or body as may be specified by the Secretary of State by regulations.
The Council’s specification is set out in the table below. For information, the specification is based on a five year recurring cycle for most services, with services which are tied to an existing contract or other arrangement placed in appropriate times in relation to the expected end date or break point in such contracts or arrangements. These services are shown in italics.
Where in this Table a service might be considered to be included under more than one service description it shall be deemed to be included under the service description to which it most closely relates, and not under the other service description(s) in question. In particular, if a service is specifically named it is not included under any other service description which might otherwise be considered to include it. In the case of doubt about where a service appears the Council should be contacted for clarification and may in response revise the Specification to remove any ambiguity identified.
Nothing in this specification prevents the Council entertaining suggestions made to it relating to the provision of its services other than under the terms of the Act, or from commencing a procurement process in relation to any of its services of its own accord.
Consideration and Action in Relation to Expressions of Interest
In this specification:
- The “Consideration Period” is the period which will elapse between receipt of an expression of interest by the Council and notification to the relevant body which submitted the expression of interest of the Council’s decision on it (Section 84(3) of the Act).
- The “Preparation Period” is the period between the date of the Council’s decision to accept an expression of interest and the date on which it will begin the procurement exercise as a result of that acceptance (Section 83(4) of the Act).
The Council hereby specifies under Sections 83(4) and 84(3) the following periods:
- The maximum Consideration Period is six months.
- The minimum Preparation Period is three months.
- The maximum Preparation Period is nine months.
The following information is included in this document to assist relevant bodies considering making an expression of interest.
Expressions of interest should be made on this form and submitted to:
Corporate Procurement Officer
Daventry District Council
Or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is expected that expressions of interest will be published in full by the Council. If a relevant body does not wish part(s) of its expression of interest to be published it should identify them together with the reasons why. The Council cannot however guarantee to comply with such requests.
Date and Effect
This specification is effective from 27 June 2012 and replaces all previous specifications.
I J Vincent