Any relevant body can approach ECDC to run or help to run a service it provides. A 'relevant body' are those bodies entitled to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to ECDC and include:
- a voluntary or community body;
- a body of persons or a trust which is established for charitable purposes only;
- a parish council;
- in relation to a relevant authority, two or more employees of that authority; or
- such other person or body as may be specified by the Secretary of State by regulations.
Relevant bodies may submit an EoI in partnership with other relevant bodies and non-relevant bodies.
There is no requirement for a relevant body to have a local connection.