One of the main requirements of the act is to introduce new powers for local communities, including a Community Right to Challenge.
Under the Act, a defined 'relevant body' such as a charitable organisation, voluntary or community body or a town or parish council will be able to express an interest in providing a local authority service subject to certain exceptions.
Under the new law, councils must respond to this challenge and consider the positive impact the proposal could have on the community.
If a challenge is rejected the council must publish the reasons for this. When a challenge is accepted the council must run a competitive procurement process.
If you are considering making a challenge please contact the council first for an initial discussion. It may be that there are alternative ways of achieving the outcomes you are seeking.
Annual timetable for making a challenge
1 March to 30 April: Expressions of interest must be received by Norwich City Council.
1 May to 31 July: Evaluation and determination of expressions of interest.
September: Cabinet report on expressions and recommended decisions.
Late September: Notification of cabinet decisions.
Assuming acceptance of the expression
1 Oct to 31 Dec: Preparation of tender documents and procurement process
1 Jan to 30 Sept: Procurement process
1 Oct to 31 Dec: Mobilisation with selected supplier
1 April: Contract start date
Additional information and guidance for relevant bodies in support of a challenge: