Tender for Disclosure Barring Service

Tender for Disclosure Barring Service

The number of DBS/PVG checks each year is approximately 1 200 and almost all are ‘enhanced’.

United Kingdom-Newcastle upon Tyne: Recruitment services

2013/S 146-254061

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Home Group
Procurement, 2 Gosforth Park Way, Gosforth Business Park
For the attention of: Chris Thompson
NE12 8ET Newcastle upon Tyne
Telephone: +44 1912907641
E-mail: chris.thompson@homegroup.org.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

Housing and community amenities
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Section II: Object of the contract

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

Home group – the provision of disclosure barring service (DBS) and disclosure Scotland (PVG scheme) checks.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance


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 a single operator
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 1
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 150 000 and 170 000 GBP

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

Currently, all new employees for our Care and Support, Finance and IS parts of the business require an enhanced DBS/PVG check before they are eligible to start.
In addition, a number of our employees are required to have updated DBS/PVGs carried out every 3 years.
The number of DBS/PVG checks each year is approximately 1 200 and almost all are ‘enhanced’.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79600000, 79630000, 79635000

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

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

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:

To provide a fully automated end-to-end process; allowing candidate online self-service and business user, which is supported by an secure checking procedure.
System to provide unique logons and different user access for HGL users so traceability of processer of the verification of documents, to allow checks to be actioned and for reporting purposes.
Ideally the system will be available on mobile and wed platforms, to allow candidates and users to access and update the system wherever they are based.
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

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

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

The contracting Authority reserves the right to require groupings of contractors to take a particular legal form, a single contractor to take primary liability or each party to undertake joint and several liability. Further information will be contained in the tender documents.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
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: Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
As specified in the tender documentation.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (c) a statement of the undertaking’s overall turnover and, where appropriate , of turnover in the area covered by the contract for a maximum of the last three financial years available, depending on the date on which the undertaking was set up or the economic operator started trading, as far as the information of these turnovers is available.
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
Applicants will be required to complete a questionnaire with details of the economic operator’s personal situation, structure, current financial standing, evidence of insurance cover, experience, examples of similar activities undertaken in the past 3 years.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As specified in 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

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:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

30.9.2013 – 17:00
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
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

Prospective bidders are required to utilise the provision of our electronic ‘Opportunities Portal’ to download and submit all documentation within the tender.
This portal can be found at: www.housingprocurement.com

Prospective bidders must log onto the site and register as a supplier. Instructions and help are available from the home page. The PQQ document will then be available for completion. Queries from bidders can also be raised within the portal where they will be answered accordingly, allowing total transparency to all other participating bidders.
The Contracting Authority reserves the right to cancel the procurement/tender process and to not make an award of the contract and does not accept any liability for costs incurred in responding to the pre-qualification questionnaire or invitation to tender. Save for any mandatory periods, the timescales indicated in this Contract Notice are approximate and the Contracting Authority reserves the right to amend the same.
Home Group is acting as a central purchasing body on behalf of itself and potentially a range of contracting authorities who will be able to access this framework. Eligible bodies include:
Home Group and any existing or future subsidiary companies (see www.homegroup.org.uk for more information on the Group);

Other Registered Providers in England (providers registered with the Homes and Communities Agency, see www.homesandcommunities.co.uk) and Social Landlords in Scotland (providers registered with the Scottish Housing Regulator, see www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk);

Charitable Organisations registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (see www.charity-commission.gov.uk ) or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (see www.oscr.org.uk) whose charitable purposes include, but not are limited to, the prevention or relief of poverty; the advancement of education; the advancement of health or saving of lives; the advancement of citizenship or community development; the relief of those in need, by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage; and, any other purposes currently recognised as charitable and any new charitable purposes which are similar to another charitable purpose; and Social Enterprises involved in the provision of housing related services/activities or whose activities are similar to those listed above in respect of charitable organisations.

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:25.7.2013