Provision of Library Services in Public Sector Prisons

Provision of Library Services in Public Sector Prisons

Provision of library services in public sector prisons in England. Vision To provide offenders in custody with a range of reading and reference material that will: ? assist their learning and skills development; ? help them to structure their time when they are not engaged with regime activities; ? provide essential support and guidance to their resettlement aims.

Reference number: 2103-2-Reducing Reoffending-SE-Project-Library

Deadline date:27/07/2012

This deadline is for… Expression of Interest

Contract value:£7,000,000 – £7,000,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: England

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Procurement – CMT L&SE

 

Description of the contract

Provision of library services in public sector prisons in England. Vision To provide offenders in custody with a range of reading and reference material that will: ? assist their learning and skills development; ? help them to structure their time when they are not engaged with regime activities; ? provide essential support and guidance to their resettlement aims; and ? encourage their use of libraries after release, as part of adopting a positive role in society. All prospective providers should fully understand both the service specification and the potential additional complexities embedded in responding to any tender for Library Services. The current service is provided through a contractual relationship with a large number of Public Library Authorities (PLAs) providing a service that is local to each of the prisons in England and Wales. The national spend is £7m but this is broken down into a specific allocation of funding per prison. The specification is contained in explained in the Prison Service Instructions (PSI 45/2011) giving the funding formula that pays library staff salaries, library stock and for stock replenishment. Each local service may have variations built in to satisfy a local needs requirement. One of the major complexities likely to face prospective bidders will be TUPE and the likely need to broadly adhere to the Cabinet Office Statement of Practice (COSOP). COSOP sits outside of TUPE but has a significant implication in relation to the pension entitlement of PLA staff currently working in prisons. PLA staff are Local Government employees and so would come within scope of the Best Value Authorities Staff Transfers (Pensions) Direction 2007. This means the new provider must offer transferring staff a pension scheme which is “broadly comparable” to the pension scheme which they are leaving. The complexity in arranging pension provision will be that the Authority would be the commissioner for services currently carried out by employees of local authorities. This means that negotiations about deficit redemption, contribution rates and exit deficits will have to be conducted with multiple local authority employers and their relevant pension fund authorities and acturaries.

 

Classification of the contract

75231200 Services related to the detention or rehabilitation of criminals

92511000 Library services

 

Additional information

Who to contact

Contact name Kerry Chon

Organisation name Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Procurement – CMT L&SE

Address , SW1H 9HD

Telephone 0300 047 5913

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How to apply

Please download and read the attached PSI 452011 document and fully understand the complexities of this project. If you would like to express your interest in this opportunity please email the buyer in the advert kerry.chon@noms.gsi.gov.uk stating: Company Name, Your Name, Contact email & Sourcing Reference Number: 2103-2-Reducing Reoffending-SE-Project-Library