Benefits Advice Service Merseyside – Welfare Reform

Benefits Advice Service Merseyside – Welfare Reform

Wirral Borough Council is seeking to commission additional support to provide free welfare advice, information and advocacy service, open to all Wirral residents but with a particular focus on individuals and families with specific needs in relation to the Welfare Reform. 

United Kingdom-Birkenhead: Adult and other education services

2014/S 095-166345

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Wirral Borough Council
Corporate Procurement, Municipal Building, Cleveland Street
Contact point(s): Corporate Procurement
CH41 6BU Birkenhead
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: tenders@wirral.gov.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Benefits Advice Service – Welfare Reform.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services
NUTS code
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

As part of Wirral’s response to welfare reform, Council budget proposals for 2014-2015 agreed on 12.2.2014 that funding of GBP 100,000 would be available for a one year period to provide advice services to people who are experiencing the impact of the welfare reform changes. This is in addition to the GBP 120,000 made available in the last financial year.
Wirral Borough Council is seeking to commission additional support to provide free welfare advice, information and advocacy service, open to all Wirral residents but with a particular focus on individuals and families with specific needs in relation to the Welfare Reform. Recent experience of offering welfare and benefit advice, case work and representation at appeals, debt and financial advice relating the Welfare Reforms is required.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

8040000080000000980000008532000085000000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

As part of Wirral’s response to welfare reform, Council budget proposals for 2014-2015 agreed on 12.2.2014 that funding of GBP 100,000 would be available for a one year period to provide advice services to people who are experiencing the impact of the welfare reform changes. This is in addition to the GBP 120,000 made available in the last financial year.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 200 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: There is an option to extend for up to a further 12 months, subject to funding.
II.2.3)Information about renewals

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Please refer to tender/online supplier questionnaire.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Please refer to tender/online supplier questionnaire.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

The Council reserves the right to require groupings of service providers to take a particular legal form or to require a single service provider to take primary liability or to require each party to undertake joint and several liability, if relevant. Further details will be set out in the tender documents.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Please refer to tender/online supplier questionnaire.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

9JXF-VJRFYN
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 27.6.2014 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

27.6.2014 – 12:00

IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

13.5.2014

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 27.6.2014 – 12:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Invitation to Tenders will be opened electronically by Members and Officers of Wirral Borough Council.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

13.5.2014

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