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Community Right to Challenge

13 July 2016

The Community Right to Challenge came into force on June 27 2012.
This new community right gives community and voluntary organisations, parish councils and groups of two or more Essex County Council (ECC) employees the opportunity to express an interest in running council services. 

If communities choose to submit an expression of interest, and these meet certain key criteria set by national government, we will begin a procurement exercise. This procurement exercise will give communities the opportunity to bid to run the service under contract with ECC.

Essex County Council will be inviting expressions of interest from relevant organisations during a series of ‘windows of opportunity’.


  • For services which are currently provided under contract to ECC, specific windows of opportunity have been set to align with timescales for contract review. 
  • For all other relevant services, ECC will invite expressions of interest between March 1 and April 30 2013. 

For more information, see our summary of the Community Right to Challenge


See also our current Schedule of Contracts.


We have also published a guide on the process through which relevant bodies can exercise the Community Right to Challenge by submitting an expression of interest in providing a service on behalf of ECC. It also provides guidance on the process that Essex County Council must follow, and the criteria it must apply in assessing any expression of interest.


Further information on the Localism Act 2011 and the provisions relating to the Community Right to Challenge can be found on GOV.UK: 


Further support for relevant bodies wishing to use the Community Right to Challenge can be found on the My Community Rights.

If you have any further questions, please email: