Internal Audit Services for Staffordshire County Council

Internal Audit Services for Staffordshire County Council

Provision of Internal Audit work on a call off basis for Staffordshire County Council, Telford and Wrekin Council, Worcestershire County Council and Shropshire Council for both general and computer internal audit work as directed.

UK-Stafford: Internal audit services

2013/S 038-060248

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire Procurement, Wedgwood Building, Tipping Street
For the attention of: Laura Kendall
ST16 2DH Stafford
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1785854656
E-mail: laura.kendall@staffordshire.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1785854660

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/purchasing

Electronic access to information: www.staffordshire.alito.co.uk

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: www.staffordshire.alito.co.uk

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: yes

Worcestershire County Council
County Hall, Spetchley Road
WR5 2NP Worcester
UNITED KINGDOM

Shropshire Council
Shirehall, Abbey Forgate, Shrewsbury
SY2 6ND Shropshire
UNITED KINGDOM

Telford and Wrekin Council
Darby House, Lawn Central, Town Centre
TF3 4JA Telford
UNITED KINGDOM

Any other organisation as named in the procurement documents

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

PC430 – Internal Audit Services.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 9: Accounting, auditing and bookkeeping services
NUTS code UKG3

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

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
Number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 4
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 000 000 and 2 000 000 GBP

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

Provision of Internal Audit work on a call off basis for Staffordshire County Council, Telford and Wrekin Council, Worcestershire County Council and Shropshire Council for both general and computer internal audit work as directed.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79212200, 72810000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
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:

The tender is for a Framework Agreement between the appointed providers and Staffordshire County Council for the provision of Internal Audit Work on a call of basis as and when required for Staffordshire, County Council, Telford and Wrekin Council, Worcestershire County Council and Shropshire Council for both general and computer internal audit work as directed.
There is no guarantee to the volumes of work from any of the authorities named above.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 000 000 and 2 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The initial period is 25.8.2013 – 24.8.2016 (with 1 x 12 month option to extend) – therefore the first option may be taken up for the period 25.8.2016 – 24.8.2017.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 30 (from the award of the contract)
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 1
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Payments may be made following acceptance by the banking agents of the County Council.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

No special legal form is required by the grouping of providers but each provider will be required to become jointly or severally responsible for the contract before acceptance.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: The requirements for minimum economic, financial and technical capacity will be included in the tender documents. Any tender may be rejected from a company/organisation who interalia:
(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 for compulsory winding up or 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 contracting 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 organisation, 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 1997 and Article 3(1) of Council Joint Action 98/742/JHA 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. Please refer to Regulation no 23 of the Public Procurement Regulations 2006 (SI No 5) for additional rejection criteria (see link)
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2006/20060005.htm

III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The applicant must meet the minimum set standards of economic and financial standing to service the term and value of the contract.
Financial checks will be undertaken for economic operators using 1 or more of the Councils current financial assessors, n2check (www.n2check.com), Dun & Bradstreet (www.dnb.co.uk), Experian (www.experian.co.uk). Economic operators will be assessed according to the level of risk stipulated by the financial assessors used. Any economic operator being given an above average/higher than AVERAGE RISK rating or poorer, by one or more of the assessors used, may be rejected.

Note:
1. It is the responsibility of the economic operator to ensure that the appropriate accounts have been filed and that the credit information held is correct.
2.Should economic operators wish other financial information to be taken into account to support the economic and financial check this should be submitted with the response to the PQQ. SCC reserves the right to request further financial information and to take this into account where necessary in addition to the level of risk stipulated by the financial assessors.
3. For sole traders/partnerships where third party financial assessments are not available the assessment will be undertaken using a financial spreadsheet detailing trading account data for the last 3 years.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: The organisation should hold as a minimum the following insurance levels or be able to provide with their response, a written statement advising that should they be awarded the contract they will have the required levels of insurance in place for the commencement of the contract.
Public Liability GBP 5 million
Employers Liability GBP 10 million
Professional Indemnity GBP 2 million

III.2.3)Technical capacity
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

Restricted
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 6
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
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:

PC430
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2012/S 228-375570 of 27.11.2012

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 22.3.2013 – 13:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

22.3.2013 – 15:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

17.4.2013
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

Date: 23.5.2013 – 15:05
Place:

SCC Offices.

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: SCC personnel in attendance only.

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

Staffordshire County Council
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: sp@staffordshire.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1785854657
Fax: +44 1785854660

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Staffordshire County Council
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: sp@staffordshire.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1785854657
Fax: +44 1785854660

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Staffordshire County Council
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: sp@staffordshire.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1785854657
Fax: +44 1785854660

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

19.2.2013