Legal Entitlement Advice Services Birmingham

Legal Entitlement Advice Services Birmingham

Birmingham City Council invites organisations to tender for a legal entitlement advice service for welfare benefits, debt management and employment.

United Kingdom-Birmingham: Legal advisory and representation services

2015/S 211-383258

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Birmingham City Council, Corporate Procurement Services
10 Woodcock Street
Contact point(s): Corporate Procurement Services
B4 7WB Birmingham
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1214648000
E-mail: etendering@birmingham.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1213037322

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.finditinbirmingham.com

Address of the buyer profile: www.in-tendhost.co.uk/birminghamcc

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

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

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:

C0224 Legal Entitlement Advice Services (LEAS).

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

Services
Service category No 25: Health and social services

NUTS code UKG31

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

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

Birmingham City Council invites organisations to tender for a legal entitlement advice service for welfare benefits, debt management and employment. This is to tackle the huge issue of inequality and promote social cohesion. The service will be key to tackling inequality and promoting social cohesion by providing advice services to citizens, ensuring they can source independent legal entitlement advice.
The legal entitlement advice service are looking to commission a consortium of advice providers or separate independent advice providers to deliver advice services relating to welfare benefit, debt management and employment to the citizens of Birmingham via telephone/ web advice and face to face advice service.
The annual budget is in the region of 400 000 GBP but in year 1, LEAS will provide an additional 50 000 GBP to facilitate the phased requirement for meeting increased channel shift targets. In year 1, 30 % telephone/online advice, year 2, 50 % and by year 3, 70 %. The contract is intended to last for the duration of two years with an option to extend for one year. The start date is to be 1.4.2016.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79110000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: Option to extend for a further 12 months.

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes

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

Starting 1.4.2016. Completion 31.3.2018

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Contracting Authority reserves the right to require deposits, guarantees, bonds and/or other forms of appropriate security.

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

This will be in the tender documentation.

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

Joint and Several Liability.
No special legal form is required but in the case of group bidders the authority requires that a prime service provider assumes primary liability for the group and that each organisation in the group accepts joint and several liability.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The successful tenderer will be required to participate actively in the service related economic, social and environmental regeneration of the locality of and surrounding the place of delivery for the procurement. Accordingly, tender evaluation and contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social, economic and environmental considerations. In addition the successful bidders who will offer their service to Birmingham City Council will be expected to sign up to the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility (see tender document).
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As set out in the Tender Documentation.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As set out in the Tender Documentation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As set out in the Tender Documentation.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As set out in the Tender Documentation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As set out in the Tender Documentation.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

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:

C0224

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no

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

14.12.2015 – 12:00
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

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
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:

28.10.2015

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