New regulations and guidance to bolster the community right to challenge

The right for community and other groups to challenge the way in which public services are delivered, which is set out in the Localism Act 2011, has been bolstered by new Regulations and draft Guidance, both published in May 2012.

The Regulations exclude certain services from the right to challenge and contain details on what information must be included in an expression of interest submitted by a body seeking to run a public service.

The draft Guidance expands on the types of bodies entitled to exercise the right to challenge, confirms that they may do so in partnership with others and details when an expression of interest can be rejected.

The extent to which the right to challenge will be exercised by community and other groups (and will result in a change in service provider) remains to be seen…

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