Services - 85436-2015

11/03/2015    S49    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Ipswich: Health and social work services

2015/S 049-085436

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Suffolk County Council
Russell Road
Contact point(s):
For the attention of: Marie Grace
IP1 2BX Ipswich
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1473260672

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Further information can be obtained from: 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: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Home Improvement Agency.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 25: Health and social services

NUTS code UKH14

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Suffolk County Council, in partnership with District and Borough Councils in Suffolk will be seeking to procure a new Home Improvement Agency contract. The purpose of the contract will be to deliver a range of services that will enable disabled, elderly and vulnerable people to continue to live in their own homes or to find alternative housing that enables them to continue to be independent of residential care. We have developed a new vision for the service which seeks to go beyond the processing of grants and the overseeing of major adaptations and includes housing advice, minor adaptations at an early stage, support to access alternative funding other than Disabilities Facilities Grants (DFG) and a handypersons service. We would also like providers to consider ways in which they could generate income from the service to reduce costs to the public purse.
We will be holding a market engagement day on the 25.3.2015 at IPCity in Ipswich (time to be confirmed).
If you would like to attend the day and register an interest please email before the 23.3.2015
Plan for the day:
This new vision of the service involves a number of areas which we are able to describe the outcomes needed and we would like to explore with providers their ideas on how these outcomes could be achieved operationally. Those areas are:
— How need can be identified earlier with the statutory sector and preventative work put in place to prevent or reduce demand for more costly adaptations;
— How the DFG resource could be more flexibly used to enable this preventative work to happen;
— The extent to which housing advice and enabling alternative housing provision might be best utilised;
— How the input of clinical guidance through occupational therapy assessment (which will be part of the contract requirements) can best be discharged;
— Partnership working and subcontracting;
— How income may be generated and/or efficiencies gained that reduce the costs of the contract over 3 years.


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85000000, 98000000, 50000000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: