Knowsley Youth Services and Knowsley Youth Rights and Participation Services are two separate services working with young people. The Youth Service has 38FTEs and a total expenditure budget of c. £1.7m. The Rights and Participation Service has 3FTEs and a total expenditure budget of c£120,000. Both services already deliver non-Council services, e.g. For the PCT and Schools. Knowsley Council funding is anticipated to reduce by 25% over the next few years. Initial feasibility work has estimated a reduction of 30% of the current budget provided to the services from the Council which would mean for the Youth Service a reduction from £1.477m to £1.033.8m and for the Rights and Participation Service a reduction from £75.000 to £52,500.The Council wants to consider social sector options for a number of services, and this work aims to provide a model of how best to do this. This includes how best to incubate services, building their commercial and financial capacity to ensure when they stand alone they are sustainable.
A Supplier is required to complete a robust business plan to enable Knowsley Youth Services and Knowsley Youth Rights and Participation Services to receive final technical approval from the Council between March and May 2013 and move into an independent organisation or a transitional governance model to support incubation and sustainability.
To participate in this procurement, Potential Providers must first be registered on the Government Procurement Service e-Sourcing Suite.
If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for GPS eSourcing’.
Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so at the Invitation to Tender stage.
Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at
Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, you will need to express and interest for the Mutuals Support Programme – Oldham Council procurement. This is done by emailing ExpressionOfInterest@gps.gsi.gov.uk.
Your email must clearly state:
• the name of this procurement (Mutuals Support Programme – Knowsley) and the RM reference number (RM1169-SB);
• the name of the registered supplier; and
• the name and contact details for the registered individual sending
Government Procurement Service will then process this email and assign your organisation to the opportunity. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done.
The Invitation to Tender will be issued to Potential Providers on 10 January 2013 via the eSourcing Suite. Ideally Potential Providers should be registered on the system before this date however registrations will be accepted throughout the Tender period allowing Potential Providers access to the documentation. It is advised however that Potential Providers register as soon as practically possible in order to receive the Invitation to Tender and have a sufficient amount of time to respond.
For technical assistance on use of the eSourcing Suite please contact the
Freephone: 0345 010 3503