A new right has come into force that enables communities and charities to put forward ideas on how they could run a local service more effectively. Under the Community Right to Challenge, part of the Localism Act introduced in 2011, voluntary and community bodies (as well as local authority staff and parish councils) will be able to submit an expression of interest to their local authority to provide a service. If accepted, the local authority must then enter into a procurement exercise for that service.
Please use this page to post examples of how you and others are seeking to make use of the Community Right to Challenge.
Share ideas and stories of success or frustrations.
Let us record what really happens as a result of this initiative.
Is it just talk and Government PR or will it really lead to community empowerment?
Let us name, shame or applaud those local authorities that are approached by community activists, charities, Co-ops and social enterprises and challenged to make changes.