National Advocacy Service Contract – Scottish Government

National Advocacy Service Contract – Scottish Government

An advocacy service for parents and young people who make a reference to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal against an education authority’s decisions regarding the provision of educational support.

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Legal advisory and representation services

2017/S 241-500426

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Scottish Government
Victoria Quay, Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ
United Kingdom
Contact person: Tony Cruickshank
Telephone: +44 1312447167
E-mail: tony.cruickshank@gov.scot
NUTS code: UKM

I.2)Joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/esop/pts-host/public/pts/web/login.html
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/esop/pts-host/public/pts/web/login.html

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

National advocacy service.

Reference number: CASE/384867

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79110000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

An advocacy service for parents and young people who make a reference to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal against an education authority’s decisions regarding the provision of educational support.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 300 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79110000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM
Main site or place of performance:

Scotland as a whole.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (as amended) provides the legal framework for the provision of additional support for learning. This centres around the concept of support being needed for any reason, for short or long term periods and determined by the individual learning needs of a child or young person. The key duties of the education authorities are to identify, make provision for, and review provision for the additional support needs of children and young people for whose education they are responsible. In certain circumstances, the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (ASNTS) consider appeals (references) made by parents and young people against decisions of education authorities.

The 2004 Act places a legal duty on Scottish Ministers to provide an advocacy service on request and be free of charge to parents and young people who make a reference to the ASNTS against an education authority’s decisions regarding the provision of educational support. Therefore the Scottish Government has a requirement to place a contract with an external service provider for the provision of the National Advocacy Service.

The contract will commence on 1 April 2018 for a maximum period of 36 months.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Service Delivery / Weighting: 70
Price – Weighting: 30
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

1 x 12 month extension option subject to internal approvals

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

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

II.2.14)Additional information

This requirement will be undertaken as a Light Touch Regime.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

It is a requirement of this contract that bidders hold, or can commit to obtaining prior to the commence of any subsequently awarded contract, the types and levels of insurance indicated below:

Employer’s (Compulsory) Liability Insurance in the sum of not less than 5,000,000GBP.

Public Liability Insurance in the sum of not less than 1,000,000GBP.

Professional Indemnity Insurance in the sum of not less than 1,000,000GBP.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/hse40.pdf

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

List and brief description of selection criteria:

Ownership of a legal qualification which is compliant with Scots Law.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract

III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:

Ownership of a legal qualification which is compliant with Scots Law.

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 211-438301

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 22/01/2018
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 22/01/2018
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

This requirement is being undertaken as a Light Touch Regime as it complies with Schedule 3 (Social and other specific services) of the ‘The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015’ regulations.

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 9781. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2343.

(SC Ref:521480).

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Scottish Government
Victoria Quay, Leith
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1312447167
E-mail: tony.cruickshank@gov.scotInternet address:http://www.scotland.gov.uk
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

12/12/2017

 

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