Guidance for completing MFRA’s Expression of Interest Form
When will MFRA accept expressions of interest?
MFRA will publish specified windows for when expressions of interest will be
Providing supporting information
MFRA is only allowed to base their decision on whether to accept, accept with
modification or reject your expression of interest on the information MFRA have
requested in the form. This is taken from the regulations for the Community
Right to Challenge, as set out in the Statutory Guidance for Community Right to
Challenge. If you choose to provide other information, MFRA will not be able to
use it to make their decision.
However, you may choose to send supporting documents to provide evidence of the
information MFRA have asked for in the form. For example, you may wish to send a
copy of your organisation’s articles of association or registration with
Companies House to provide evidence that you meet the definition of a Relevant
Body. If you would like to provide supporting material, please make reference to
it when you complete the relevant part of the form. You will be given the option
to upload files in Section 7 of the form.
The information which MFRA have requested plus any supporting Information will
be used to make a decision on whether to accept or reject the expression of
interest. If accepted, your organisation will be invited to compete in an open
procurement exercise, during which your organisation (and any other organisation
who wishes to compete in the procurement exercise,) will be required to provide
information. The information provided by potential providers during the
procurement exercise will be the basis on which MFRA awards the contract.
Sending us your completed form
When you have completed the form, submit it to MFRA by clicking ‘Submit’ in the
final section of the form. If you have any problems completing the form online,
or need the form in an alternative format, please email
A copy of your completed Expression of Interest Form and any attached documents
will be sent to the email address you provide for your reference.
MFRA are required to let you know the date by which they will make a decision on
your expression of interest within 30 days of the end of the expression of
interest window for the service.
Who to contact for help
Should you have any questions about completing the form, or experience any
problems, please email
Sections of the form:
The notes below are provided for advice only. The Statutory Guidance for
Community Right to Challenge sets out the information that must be provided in
an expression of interest.
Section 1. About your organisation
Q1. Please provide the name of the lead organisation submitting the expression
of interest. If you are submitting an expression of interest as two or more
employees of MFRA, please provide your names as the organisation name.
Q2. Section 81 of the Localism Act (2011) specifies the kinds of
organisations/bodies who are eligible to use the Community Right to Challenge.
These are known as Relevant Bodies. Information about Relevant Bodies and
definitions of different types of Relevant Bodies are provided in the Statutory Guidance for
Community Right to Challenge
Q3. Relevant Bodies are asked to prove that they meet the definition of a
Relevant Body. Evidence that your organisation meets the definition of a
Relevant Body could include your Charity Number, articles of association,
registration with Companies House, registration with the Financial Services
Authority etc. Further information is provided in the Statutory Guidance. You
will be able to upload any supporting documents later. The Statutory Guidance
states that organisations who provide contracts for local authorities would
normally be expected to be incorporated with limited liability. However, it is
not essential for the Relevant Body to be incorporated by the time the
expression of interest is submitted. If your expression of interest is accepted,
Government suggests that the time between acceptance and the start of the
procurement exercise will allow time to arrange incorporation. If you plan to do
this, please explain in the answer box for Question 3. Similarly for expressions
of interest submitted by groups of MFRA staff, you are not required to have
formalised all the arrangements for forming an employee-led structure to run the
service, but you must do so by the time any procurement exercise begins. If this
is the case, please explain in the answer box for Question 3.
Q4. As explained in the Statutory Guidance, Relevant Bodies are allowed to
submit an expression of interest in partnership with one or more other
organisations which are not required to meet the definition of a Relevant Body.
If you are submitting the expression of interest as a consortium, you are
required to provide information about all members of the consortium or
partnership. Click ‘Yes’ to add this information.
Q5. You may be proposing to use sub-contractors to provide or assist in
providing the service that the expression of interest relates to. It is not
necessary for any sub-contractors you propose to use to meet the definition of a
Relevant Body. If you are submitting the expression of interest as a consortium,
you are required to provide information about them. Click ‘Yes’ to add this
Section 2. Service being challenged
Q1. Please include any information necessary to help us to understand the
service you are interested in running.
Q2. Please explain which District in Merseyside that you would like to run the
service in. This might be the whole of Merseyside, or one or more Districts.
(i.e Knowsley, Sefton)
Q3. Please explain if you can deliver the service to the whole district or just
an area within that district (i.e Huyton)
Section 3. Financial information
Q1. The Statutory Guidance does not specify the type of financial information to
be provided. We suggest that you provide information that proves that your
organisation is financially sustainable. Proof of financial sustainability might
- Your Business Plan
- Copies of accounts
- Bankers’ / accountants’ references
- Any guarantees, for example from a parent organisation if applicable
These examples are given for advice only - the information that each
organisation wishes to provide may vary.
Financial information must be provided by all members of a consortium and each
sub-contractor if you propose to deliver a service in this way.
Section 4. Capability to provide the service
Q1. The Statutory Guidance does not specify the type of information needed to
prove your capability to provide the service. We suggest that you provide
information that proves that by the time any procurement exercise starts, your
organisation or consortium will be in a suitable position to deliver a contract
on behalf of MFRA. Information about capability might include:
- How you will become incorporated (if relevant)
- Information about your organisation’s objectives
- How you will ensure that you have in place any necessary insurances such
as public liability insurance
- How you will meet any specific requirements relating to the service you
are interested in providing, for example accreditation to governing bodies
- Information about the experience and skills of your organisation that are
relevant in providing or assisting in providing the service.
These examples are given for advice only - the information that each
organisation wishes to provide may vary. Information about capability to provide
or assist in providing the service must also be given for all members of a
consortium and each subcontractor if you propose to deliver a service in this
Section 5. Outcomes to be achieved in providing the service
The Statutory Guidance does not specify the type of information to be provided
or the outcomes to be achieved. We suggest that you provide measurable outcomes
Q1. Relevant Authorities (including MFRA) are required to consider the social
value of expressions of interest. We are also required by the Localism Act 2011
to consider the promotion of or improvements to the social, economic or
environmental wellbeing of the authority’s area when considering expressions of
interest. We are also required to consider the same factors in carrying out any
subsequent procurement exercises. This obligation is also reflected in the
Public Services (Social Value Act) 2012. You should demonstrate how your
provision of the service will promote or improve the social, economic or
environmental wellbeing of the area. Statutory Guidance for
Community Right to Challenge provides examples of social value, including improving local skills,
increasing volunteering opportunities etc. However Relevant Authorities are
required to balance the consideration of Social Value with procurement law
applying to the award of contracts. Further information is available in the
European Commission publication Buying Social: A guide to taking Account of
Social considerations in Public Procurement
Q2. In this section you also need to provide information about how your
provision of the service will meet the needs of service users. The Statutory
Guidance suggests that you may wish to refer to sources of information including
needs assessments carried out by MFRA or surveys of service users carried out by
Section 6. Staff engagement
Q1. This information is only required for expressions of interest from
groups of MFRA staff. Statutory Guidance for
Community Right to Challenge states that the way in which employees are engaged is best decided
locally and that well-established staff engagement and governance channels could
play a part. The Guidance sets out an expectation that the engagement of staff
is appropriate and proportionate to the size and nature of the service and the
number of employees directly affected by the expression of interest. There is no
requirement for a ballot to demonstrate support for a proposal under the
Community Right to Challenge.
Section 7. Supporting material
- Here you can upload any supporting documents that you have referenced when
completing the Form, and any other documents that you wish to submit to support
your expression of interest.
Section 8. Contact details
- Please provide contact details so that we can get in touch with you about
your expression of interest and notify you of our decision.
- The representative(s) whose details are given should have good knowledge
of the expression of interest and be able to make decisions on behalf of the
Please note that we will not receive your form until you click Submit.