Groups given chance to challenge to run Council services

26 May 2016

Local groups have got until the end of July to get involved and challenge for the running of South Cambridgeshire District Council services.

The national initiative called Community Right to Challenge was introduced under the government's Localism Act and gives voluntary and community groups, charities and parish councils the opportunity to make formal expressions of interest in running council services if they believe they can provide them in a more efficient, responsive or cost-effective way.

An expression of interest will trigger a procurement exercise, open to others who wish to tender, and will look at all the competing options for running the service.

Where council services have already been contracted out, groups can still submit expressions of interest for running the service in a different way.

The Council will accept formal expressions of interest under the Community Right to Challenge between 1 June and 31 July each year.

Details of the Right to Challenge process can be found by visiting

Cllr Mick Martin, South Cambridgeshire District Council's cabinet member for corporate services, said: “We have made a number of changes at the Council over recent months and years to ensure we deliver excellent value for money and make the most of every taxpayer’s pound. The Community Right to Challenge presents a great opportunity to build on this further and for local people to put forward their own ideas for how they would do things differently and to get involved in delivering services.”

"This is a real opportunity to look at what we do, make sure we are delivering services as effectively and efficiently as possible and to look at new opportunities for partnership working with our communities.”