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.
Organisations wishing to exercise the right to challenge will need to submit a written expression of interest. The Council 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.
For more information on the Community Right to Challenge, visit the Communities and Local Government website.
If you wish to submit an expression of interest, please complete the application form and send it to: righttochallenge-SP@rbkc.gov.uk or to the following address:
Strategic Procurement Unit
Purple Area, 3rd Floor
Kensington Town Hall
London W8 7NX
The Expression of Interest must be in writing and include the following information. If the proposal is to deliver the relevant service as part of a consortium to use a sub-contractor, the following information must be given in respect of each member of the consortium and each sub-contractor as appropriate:
Using the application form provided will help ensure that all the necessary information is included in your application.
The Council may accept an expression of interest, accept it with modifications, or reject it. Potential reasons for rejection are listed below:
Local authorities are able to designate certain times of year when expressions of interest can be submitted. The Council has agreed that expressions of interest may be submitted from 1 January to 31 March each year. This is to allow us to consider expressions of interest as part of our budget-setting process. The Council will acknowledge receipt of the Expression of Interest and will notify the applicant of the timescales within which it will make its decision by 30 April each year.
If you have queries, please email us at: righttochallenge-SP@rbkc.gov.uk