Grants Administration Service – Access To Elected Office for Disabled People Fund

Grants Administration Service – Access To Elected Office for Disabled People Fund

We would be looking for interested parties to potentially bid to provide a grants administration service.

United Kingdom-London: Financial transaction processing and clearing-house services

2013/S 159-277917

Prior information notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department of Culture, Media and Sport
100 Parliament Street
Contact point(s): iain.newton@geo.gsi.gov.uk, joel.derbyshire@geo.gsi.gov.uk
SW1A 2BQ London
UNITED KINGDOM

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity
Recreation, culture and religion
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Access To Elected Office for Disabled People Fund
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 27: Other services
NUTS code UK
II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
We would be looking for interested parties to potentially bid to provide a grants administration service.
The Access to Elected Office for Disabled People fund pilot helps disabled people who want to become MPs, councilors or other elected officials with any disability-related costs of standing for election, and which a non-disabled candidate would not face, for example:
– difficulties using public transport;
– paying for sign language interpreters;
– paying extra travel or accommodation costs for a carer.
Individuals can receive grants from 250 – 20,000 GBP.
Funding is not available for candidates’ normal day to day living costs, nor for the costs which all election candidates face, e.g., election deposits, design and printing of campaign literature/election leaflets.
The fund aims to increase the number of disabled people who can participate in elections to become MPs, Local Authority councillors (and elected Mayors) in England, Police and Crime Commissioners (England and Wales) and members of the Greater London Authority.
How the fund works.
Disabled person wants to stand for elected office but faces additional costs because of his/her disability applies to independent fund, providing evidence of need, and political commitment and referee a fund administrator, independent of government considers the application. The application is approved, rejected or the fund administrator requests further information.
Applicant informed of decision;
Candidate submits receipts;
Candidate reimbursed within 35 days.
Contract requirements.
We would be looking for interested parties to potentially bid to provide a grants administration service.
Length.
The contract would run from 1.4.2014 to 30.6.2015 and we’d be looking to appoint the fund administrator by February 2014. If a new fund administrator was appointed, there would be a handover process with the current provider between February 2014 and April 2014.
The intention is to let an initial one year contract with two optional extensions of one year each.
“Permissible Donor” requirements
In accordance with legislation covering donations to candidates and political parties (s. 54(2) of the Political Parties Elections and Referendums act 2000 – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpg a/2000/41/contents) the contractor must be a “Permissible Donor”, ie a registered party, company, trade union, building society, a limited liability partnership, a friendly industrial or provident society or an unincorporated association.
The Contractor will principally be required to:
– maintain a website to act as the principle source of information and access to application forms,
– liaise with applicants in processing applications for the Advisory Panel to consider, and
– for approved applications, administer subsequent reimbursement to candidates.
Also, as well as ensuring that funding is used only for its intended purpose, the contractor also has to ensure that it complies with relevant legislation concerning candidates’ election expenses (see:
http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/guidance/resources-for-those-we-regulate/candidates-and-agents )
Consideration of the above often requires sensitive liaison with applicants. The contractor must respect applicants’ medical confidentiality, and should be able to treat applicants with patience, empathy and respect.
All fund information and forms must be readily available in accessible formats, and the contractor should be flexible and comfortable in dealing with applicants who face communication barriers.
Further information – suppliers’ day
This potential contract presents an opportunity to work in partnership with Government to deliver an innovative project to facilitate a much needed increase in the representation of disabled people in the UK’s democratic institutions.
The information above is not exhaustive: interested parties are welcome to seek further information by attending a suppliers’ information event on 12 September at 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.
Please register your interest in attending by emailing Iain Newton iain.newton@geo.gsi.gov.uk and Joel.Derbyshire@geo.gsi.gov.uk or calling +44 2072116438 or Tel: +44 2072116475.
Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

66172000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:
Further information – suppliers’ day.
This potential contract presents an opportunity to work in partnership with Government to deliver an innovative project to facilitate a much needed increase in the representation of disabled people in the UK’s democratic institutions.
The information above is not exhaustive: interested parties are welcome to seek further information by attending a suppliers’ information event on 12 September at 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.
Please register your interest in attending by emailing Iain Newton iain.newton@geo.gsi.gov.uk and Joel.Derbyshire@geo.gsi.gov.uk or calling +44 2072116438 or Tel: +44 2072116475.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
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GO Reference: GO-2013813-PRO-5033893

VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:
13.8.2013

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