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FAQ's - Community Right to Challenge

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there criteria that a company needs to follow when making an expression of interest?There will be an initial discussion to ensure ideas in the Expression of Interest are feasible, which if accepted, triggers a procurement process. For more information on criteria, see the government's statutory guidance
  • Will any initial (pre Expression of Interest) conversation be kept confidential? This initial discussion can be kept confidential, if requested by the enquirer. Any information shared in this session relevant to a subsequent tender process will have to be published if a procurement exercise is initiated
  • How does the Community Right to Challenge fit in with Sutton Smarter Services Review?If a Smarter Services Review is in process, the launch of a procurement process following the acceptance of an expression of interest may be delayed
  • Would you get a budget to run the service? Not necessarily. Although the budget is still there, you have to put in a bid as it is not simply passed on to the next group but instead awarded based on the best value bid, including now a consideration of social value
  • How will the council involve or make aware other organisations and community groups of this process? There is a responsibility for the council to make it easy for voluntary groups to submit an expression of interest and to consider this. It is making organisations aware of this new piece of legislation by putting relevant information on the website and by holding seminars for the voluntary and community sector. There is a responsibility on the part of the voluntary sector to share information about the community right to challenge with other groups
  • What happens to community groups who already provide a service which isn't commissioned by council? How will this work on a practical basis? The legislation around the community right to challenge does not refer to gaps in service provision, but rather services that are already provided by the council. It is about reducing the level of direct service provision provided by the government. If an organisation feels that they are meeting an essential need of residents, which is not currently supported by the council, it should speak to relevant commissioners about how the council could support its work
  • What is the criteria for a successful expression of interest? Please see the statutory guidance for more information on criteria
For any other questions please contact Tom Alexander on 020 8770 4522.