Careers Advice for Cumbria County Council
This contract supports the Council fulfil its duties to: Support targeted vulnerable young people to participate in education, employment or training; Implement a management information system that meets the information reporting requirements of the Department for Education’s (DfE) National Client Caseload Information System.
United Kingdom-Carlisle: Welfare services for children and young people
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
Cumbria County Council
Children Services, The Courts, First Floor, Lonsdale Building
For the attention of: Mr Noel Camm
CA3 8NA Carlisle
Telephone: +44 1228226298
General address of the contracting authority: www.cumbria.gov.uk
Further information can be obtained from: Cumbria County Council
Internet address: www.the-chest.org.uk
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Cumbria County Council
Internet address: www.the-chest.org.uk
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Cumbria County Council
Internet address: www.the-chest.org.uk
I.2)Type of the contracting authority
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 24: Education and vocational education services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Cumbria including: Allerdale; Barrow-in-Furness; Carlisle; Copleland; Eden and South Lakeland.
NUTS code UKD1
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
— Support targeted vulnerable young people to participate in education, employment or training;
— Implement a management information system that meets the information reporting requirements of the Department for Education’s (DfE) National Client Caseload Information System (NCCIS).
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
Services described in the Service Specification provided on the Chest (www.the-chest.org.uk) are to be provided across Cumbria by Area with each area, being a Lot, including: Allerdale; Barrow-in-Furness; Carlisle; Copeland; Eden and South Lakeland.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 4 500 000 and 5 500 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
Description of these options: 4 year contract with option to extend by 2 periods of 2 years each.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
Number of possible renewals: 2
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
Parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability may be required by Cumbria County Council if considered appropriate.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
(a) is bankrupt or is being wound up, where his affairs are being administered by the court, where he has entered into an arrangement with creditors, where he has suspended business activities or is in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure under national laws and regulations;
(b) is the subject of proceedings for a declaration of bankruptcy, for an order compulsory winding up the administration by the court or of an arrangement with creditors or of any other similar proceedings under national laws and regulations;
(c) has been convicted by a judgment which has the force of res judicata in accordance with the legal provisions of the country of any offence concerning his professional conduct;
(d) has been guilty of grave professional misconduct proven by any means which the contract authorities can demonstrate;
(e) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(f) has not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which he is established or with those of the country of the contracting authority;
(g) is guilty of serious misrepresentation in supplying the information required under this Section or has not supplied such information;
(h) has been the subject of a conviction for participation in a criminal organization, as defined in Article 2(1) of Council Joint Action 98/733/JHA;
(i) has been the subject of a conviction for corruption, as defined in Article 3 of the Council Act of 26 May 1972 and Article 3(1) of Council Joint Action 98/742/JHA3 respectively;
(j) has been the subject of a conviction for fraud within the meaning of Article 1 of the Convention relating to the protection of the financial interests of the European Communities;
(k) has been the subject of a conviction for money laundering, as defined in Article 1 of Council Directive 91/308/EEC of 10 June 1991 on prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
(b) the presentation of balance-sheets or extracts from the balance-sheets, where publication of the balance-sheet is required under the law of the country in which the economic operator is established;
(c) a statement of the undertaking’s overall turnover and, where appropriate , of turnover in the area covered by the contract for a maximum of the last three financial years available, depending on the date on which the undertaking was set up or the economic operator started trading, as far as the information of these turnovers is available.
Tenderers will be assessed against their ability to deliver the services described in the Service Specification in accordance with the award criteria detailed in the ITT.
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Authorised staff from within Legal and Democratic Services will break the electronic seal on our e-tendering tool, The Chest.
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
Suppliers wishing to express an interest and obtain access to the tender documents should go to www.the-chest.org.uk and click on current opportunities from the navigation area on the left of the screen. On the next screen enter the contract Reference 9NDL-QZ39L0 in the box labelled” contains” then click search. Click on the Blue link for the contract title to view the opportunity. To express an interest you will need to login. if you are not already registered on the www.thechest.org.uk you will need to return to the home page and click on Register. Register free link in the navigation area on the left of the screen. Registration is free of charge and your username and password will be emailed to you. Cumbria County Council is fully supportive of all aspects of diversity including ethnicity, race, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation. In this respect Cumbria County Council welcomes expressions of interest from ethnic minority, disabled and other diverse business communities and the voluntary sector. Economic operators are therefore required to fully comply with all statutory obligations/applicable legislation and there will be a requirement to participate in the Authority’s supplier audits on all aspects of diversity.
The Contracting Authority expressly reserves the right:
(I) Not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice;and
(II) To make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will the Contracting Authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates.
If the Contracting Authority decides to enter into a Contract with the successful supplier, this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded.
Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of potential suppliers. The Contracting Authority and other contracting bodies utilising the Contract reserve the right to use any electronic portal during the life of the agreement.
The Contract is for 4 years. The value provided in Section II.1.4 is only an estimate.
Local Authorities have a duty under the Local Government Act 2003 to obtain best value in the procurement of works, services and supplies and to secure continuous improvement in the way they carry out their functions, having regard to a combination of economy, efficiency and effectiveness. This means that when procuring contracts, the Council will, on a case by case basis, weigh up the costs of the contract against the benefits of fair employment terms for contractors employees and any resulting benefit to the Council. There is scope for giving some weight at the tender evaluation stage to the attitude of contractors, suppliers and some service providers to fair employment clauses and of the Council’s fiduciary duty to tax payers and obtaining best value. Each case will be considered separately and flexibly, with any impact on costs fully assessed and justified.
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
Mr Alan Ratcliffe
Cumbria County Council, The Courts, English Street
CA3 8NA Carlisle
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: