Blue Badge Independent Mobility Assessments

Blue Badge Independent Mobility Assessments

Southend on Sea Borough Council’s Support Services Directorate is inviting expressions of interest from established, suitably experienced independent organisations, to provide specialist Mobility Assessments for Blue Badges.

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Deadline date:22/02/2013

This deadline is for… Deadline for Expression of Interest

Contract value:£100,000 – £500,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Southend-on-Sea

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

 

Description of the contract

Southend on Sea Borough Council’s Support Services Directorate is inviting expressions of interest from established, suitably experienced independent organisations, to provide specialist Mobility Assessments for Blue Badges. The aim of the Blue Badge Scheme is to help disabled people with severe mobility problems to access goods and services, by allowing them to park close to their destination. The scheme is open to eligible disabled people irrespective of whether they are travelling as a driver or as a passenger. The scheme provides a national range of on-street parking concessions to Blue Badge holders. It allows them to park without charge or time limit in otherwise restricted on-street parking environments, and allows them to park on yellow lines for up to 3 hours, unless a loading ban is in place. Local authorities are responsible for the day-to-day administration and enforcement of the scheme. They are responsible for determining and implementing administrative, assessment and enforcement procedures which they believe are in accordance with the governing legislation. With effect from 1st April 2012 legislation prescribed that the eligibility of those applying because of a ‘permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking’ be confirmed by an independent medical assessor. Department for Transport (DFT) guidance to local authorities’ states that where a medical opinion is needed, DFT strongly recommends that independent health professionals, such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists, (registered with the Health Professions Council) should undertake these assessments, as they are often best placed to assess eligibility due to their professional knowledge of mobility. The contract will be for a 3 year period from 1st May 2013. The estimated annual value of this contract is £100k over the 3 year period and Southend on Sea Borough Council envisages awarding this contract to a maximum of 1 provider only. If you wish to tender for the above requirement, please contact procurement@southend.gov.uk to request the full Tender documents. Closing date for Tender document requests is Noon on Friday 22nd February 2013. Completed Tender submissions must be returned by Noon on Friday 8th March 2013

 

Documents

Classification of the contract

85141000 Services provided by medical personnel

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – 25

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 01/05/2013 – 30/04/2016

 

Who to contact

Contact name Ellen Butler

Organisation name Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Address Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6ER

Telephone 01702215000

Extension number:

Fax 01702 215110

Web address

 

How to apply

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.

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