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Community Right to Challenge

The Community Right to Challenge (CRTC) was introduced under the Localism Act 2011 and it came into force in June 2012.

The link below provides access to the guidance.

Community Right to Challenge: Statutory Guidance - Local government - Department for Communities and Local Government 

You can read the policy along with some FAQs here:

It gives voluntary groups, charities, parish and town councils and two or more council employees a right to express an interest in running a council service.

Gloucestershire County Council's approach to the CRTC builds on the Big Community Offer and is all about making services more local and enabling communities to get involved.

The council welcomes new ideas and challenge from others interested in improving services and obtaining best value. We encourage early and meaningful engagement in the design of services, development of markets and delivery of outcomes.

We are committed to working with local partners including the voluntary and community sector and parish councils to develop local capacity and create stronger communities.

Our intention is to work as effectively as possible using existing routes for dialogue so that groups have the opportunity to engage in commissioning processes and improve services without the need to resort to the formal CRTC process.

If you are considering submitting an expression of interest we would welcome an informal discussion with you in the first instance. If after this you still wish to submit an expression of interest we will:

  • Accept expressions of interest between 1 May and 30 June
  • Acknowledge receipt of an expression of interest within 30 days
  • Make a decision on an expression of interest within 12 weeks
  • If an expression of interest is accepted, the maximum time in which a procurement exercise can be started will be 2 years.

All enquiries please contact: Hester Hunt, Commissioning Officer, email