Community right to challenge

Service information

The community right to challenge came into force on 27th June 2012. This is one of a number of new community rights that were introduced as part of the Localism Act 2011. The community right to challenge is designed to make it easier for community and voluntary groups to bid to take over the management of a council service by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).

The submitted EOI must meet specific criteria which has been established by the national government. Should an EOI be accepted, an official procurement exercise will commence on the specific service. However, it must be noted that there is no guarantee that the group which submitted the EOI will be the selected provider once the procurement process is completed.

Expression of Interest

Who can submit an expression of interest?

The Act defines ‘relevant bodies’ as:

  • a parish council.
  • a voluntary body that carries out ‘not for profit’ activities.
  • a community body that carries out activities primarily for the benefit of the community.
  • a charity organisation or trust.
  • two or more employees of the Council.
  • any other person or body specified by the Secretary of State regulations.

Before completing a submission you are advised to read the statutory guidance on the new community rights under the Localism Act published by the Government and available at

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council will be opening up the window for the submission of expressions of interest between 30th June 2014 – 4th August 2014.


You can view the process diagram here.

Consideration and notification of a decision

We will consider all applications received in the window above and you will then be notified in writing (within 30 days of the closing date period) whether we have decided to accept or decline your EOI. Decisions will also be published online.

Procurement exercise

If the Council accepts an expression of interest for a service, then we will carry out a procurement exercise to select the most appropriate service provider.

For more information please contact us.

Contact details

Mail Democratic Services, Floor 2, Town Hall, Blackburn. BB1 7DY
Phone Number(s) 01254 585321
Fax Number(s) 01254 585755
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