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Submitting an Expression of Interest

Who can submit an expression of interest?

Any relevant body can use the community right to challenge and submit an express of interest.

The act lists the following as relevant bodies:-

• A voluntary body (a body whose activities are not carried out for profit)
• A community body (a body that carries on activities primarily for the benefit of the community)
• A body of persons or a trust which is established for charitable purposes only
• A parish council
• Two more or more employees of the relevant authority
• Any other person or body specified by the Secretary of state by regulations.

How do I submit an expression of interest?

Any relevant body wishing to submit an expression of interest can do so by completing an expression of interest form, please click below for a copy of the form which needs to be completed manually and returned to simon.sowerby@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk or sent FTAO the Business Improvement Manager, Castle House, Barracks Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1BL.

PDF document (486Kb) : Community Right to Challenge Expression of Interest Form

When can I submit an expression of interest?

Expressions of interest can be submitted from 1 March to 30 April. A list of the timescales for managing the Right to Challenge in Newcastle-under-Lyme is listed below.

Indicative timescale activity:-

March to April:   Window for submission of expressions of interest
May to July:        Assessment and analysis of expressions of interest by procurement group
September:         Cabinet report on expressions and recommended decisions. Approval by full council

Assuming acceptance of the expression of interest:-

Indicative timescale activity:

October to March:  Preparation of tender documents.
                                  NB: The time taken will depend on the nature of the tender.

*Between January and April to September:  Procurement process
NB: this will begin after the preparation of tender documents has been completed, which could be before March.

October to February:  Decision to award contract, TUPE, contract completion etc.

April:  Go live

*The table above allows three to six months between determination of an expression of interest and the start of procurement, based on non-complex procurement processes. It is intended that the minimum time between the acceptance of an expression of interest and the start of the procurement process would be three months (October to January). The maximum time would be six months (October to April).

More complex procurement (for example, in-house service takeover or competitive dialogue procedures) will be subject to a different timetable. Procurement in these circumstances would commence within nine months of acceptance of an expression of interest and determination.
Community Right to Challenge Statutory Guidance

Last updated 7 September 2020

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