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Created on11/04/2013
Reference numberRM1310 SB136
Deadline date17/05/2013
This deadline is for...The Request for Information Response Date. Please see ‘How to apply instructions to suppliers’ for more information.
Estimated length of contract3 Months
Estimated value£80,000 - £100,000
Location where the contract is to be carried outUnited Kingdom
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 Government Procurement Service (On /behalf of the Cabinet Office) (see other contracts from this organisation)

Description of the contract

Working together, staff seeking to spin out of the Dorset and Devon & Cornwall Probation Trusts (the “Parent Bodies”), in partnership with external organisations, are seeking to develop a mutual, of some kind to bid to deliver those services which are contracted out from the Probation Service over the next couple of years, together with any other services, e.g. Prison resettlement services and/or rehabilitative services for offenders serving short custodial sentences less than 12 months in duration (the “Potential PSM”). They are considering a variety of possible models, including not-for profit, social/public partnership and or joint venture. The benefits of this proposed collaboration will ensure any financial savings or incentives delivered against a PBR model, will be reinvested into front line services. In the first instance the Potential PSM, would cover the geographical area currently serviced by the Parent Bodies, this being based on the proposed Contract Package Areas for national commissioning as set out in the Governments consultation document, ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’. However, if the Contract package Areas were to differ from this they would look to expand the offer to cover the revised area. Based on the 2011 data the combined figures in terms of the number of starts, inclusive of community sentences, suspended prison sentences and short custody sentences, currently managed by the two Trusts is approximately 9,000 cases per annum. The Customer is seeking support to help the project to become competition ready. This will be unique to each project but is likely to include some or all of: • Business and financial planning • Business development and market analysis; • Tender-writing support; • Developing the legal structure and accompanying governance model; • Development and/or review of legal agreements (such as partnerships, financing); • Workforce engagement; and • Organisational design • The Ministry of Justice is still developing its response to the consultation and the final policy position has yet to be determined; importantly, the procurement of this support should not be taken as an indication of the likely final policy position. However, recognising that mutuals require time to develop, the Customer has selected the most promising potential projects to support. This selection process has included reference to the potential project’s alignment with the relevant aspects of the outline proposals contained in the Transforming Rehabilitation consultation paper. Further projects (in addition to those currently in the public domain) have been identified, and support contracts will be procured in due course. The Customer recognises that the final policy proposals may look very different, and the Customer’s decision to support a project should not therefore be seen as an indication that this project will fit with future proposals. The outline project description presented in this documentation may therefore necessarily change, and if necessary, the Supplier must be willing to work flexibly, including allowing the scope of the project to be re-shaped to respond to the final policy proposals. Exceptionally, where it is not possible to re-shape the project, the Contract is likely to be terminated.


Draft ITT
(Invitation to Tender DRAFT.pdf)

Additional information

Additional NotesTo participate in any possible future procurement which results from this RFI, 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 http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-am-supplier/respond-tender Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, you will need to express and interest for the Mutual Support Programme - Dorset and Devon & Cornwall Probation Contract. This is done by emailing ExpressionOfInterest@gps.gsi.gov.uk. Your email must clearly state: • the name of this procurement Mutual’s Support Programme: Mutual Support Programme - Dorset and Devon & Cornwall Probation and the RM reference number RM1310 SB136 • the name of the registered supplier; and • the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. 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 by close of play on Thursday 11th April 2013 and therefore suppliers can register on the e-Sourcing Suite between the issue date of this Contracts Finder advert and the deadline date. The deadline date for submission of proposals will be Friday 17th May 2013 17:00 GMT 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. Please also note that there will be a Bidder’s Day in relation to this and other opportunities to support potential probation mutuals, to be held all day on 24 April 2013 in central London. Further details on how to register your attendance will be provided shortly. For technical assistance on use of the eSourcing Suite please contact the Helpdesk: Freephone: 0345 010 3503 Email: supplier@gps.gsi.gov.uk
Is it a framework agreement?No

Who to contact

Contact name Michael Redmond
Email Spot.Buying@GPS.gsi.gov.uk
Address Room 2Y92 Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport, Gwent, NP10 8QQ
Telephone 01633 811600
Web address www.gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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