Deliver services on our behalf (Right to Challenge)

The Right to Challenge is a national process introduced through government’s Localism Act. It came into force on 27 June 2012.

The Right to Challenge is one way that voluntary and community groups and council employees can bid to run council services. It enables eligible groups to express an interest in running a council service. We must consider expressions of interest, and where we accept them, run a procurement exercise which anyone can compete in. So, rather than a ‘right to run’ a service, it is a ‘right to compete’ in a procurement exercise.

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We are currently undergoing significant change to make sure that we are ready for the challenges ahead and can continue to deliver services that meet people’s needs. Find out more about our transformation programme Facing the Challenge.

Facing the Challenge will involve thinking very differently about how we deliver services to make the most of every penny we spend. This will involve talking to people who use our services, Kent’s communities and potential providers of services. At this time of change, we would encourage anyone who is interested in delivering a Kent County Council service to contact us first so we can discuss your idea as part of our transformation plans. You can contact the service directly, or email us at