Services - 353590-2015

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08/10/2015    S195

United Kingdom-London: Database services

2015/S 195-353590

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Official name: Homes and Communities Agency
Postal address: Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street
Town: London
Postal code: SW1P 4DF
Country: United Kingdom
For the attention of: Andy Nelson

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from:
The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
National or federal agency/office
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: no

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

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Administration of a portfolio of equity loan mortgages on behalf of lenders.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 6: Financial services a) Insurances services b) Banking and investment services


II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is seeking to engage with the market via the publication of this prior information regarding the administration on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) of loans entered into by borrowers participating in Government home ownership schemes including: First Time Buyers Initiative, FirstBuy, HomeBuy Direct and Help to Buy equity loans. All loans are equity mortgages and always ranked second behind main lender mortgages and secured on the borrowers' home.
The HCA has an existing contract for the provision of this service which runs until 11 June 2019. The term of this contract is conditional and includes a flexible break clause which HCA can exercise from the two year anniversary. In order to fully consider the HCA's position, the changing nature of the portfolio and its administrative and regulatory requirements, the HCA is conducting a soft market test to consult with potential suppliers.
This consultation is being conducted to inform the HCA's decision as to the future delivery of this service. Issue of this Prior Information Notice is not confirmation that the HCA has made any decisions in relation to future service delivery.
Suppliers interested in the consultation should contact the HCA via the email included in Section I. In response they will be issued with a market-testing questionnaire for completion and return to HCA.
Administration of equity loan mortgages includes: issuing compliant annual statements to borrowers, collecting interest from borrowers and ensuring that correct sums are recovered from borrowers on loan redemption and dealing with arrears. The administrator will hold and manage a database of the loans and provide regular monitoring reports to the HCA. A proportion of the portfolio comprises approximately 20,000 current Consumer Credit regulated loans from the previous HomeBuy Direct and FirstBuy programmes where the lender party is a private house builder.
Services also includes responding to enquiries from borrowers and applying agreed policies to deal with borrower requests e.g. for re-mortgaging, loan repayment or changes of parties to loans.
The loan portfolio comprises more than 70 000 loans at end March 2015. The portfolio continues to grow (it is estimated c27 000 new loans will be added in 2015-16 — April to March). The 20 000 regulated loans referred to above (and included in the 70 000 total) will become Regulated Mortgage Contracts from 21.3.2016 when the Mortgage Credit Directive Order comes into force.
It is not anticipated that any new Regulated Mortgage Contracts will be added to the portfolio. Administration of the loans in the portfolio (regulated and non-regulated) must be compliant with all applicable legislation including all FCA and CCA requirements.


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

72320000 Database services, 66150000 Financial markets administration services, 66151000 Financial market operational services, 75112000 Administrative services for business operations, 75123000 Administrative housing services

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): yes
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:
All discussions, meetings and communications will be conducted in English.
The contract will be subject to English law. Tenders and all supporting documents must be priced in
GBP and all payments under the contract will be made in GBP.
This procurement and award is subject to the transparency arrangements being adopted by the UK Government. These arrangements include the publication of tender documentation issued by the HCA and the contract between the HCA and supplier. Bidders should highlight any areas they consider commercially sensitive in order for the HCA to be able to honour our transparency obligations without undermining the bidders commercial interests.
Candidates are advised that the HCA is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘The Act’). If a candidate considers that any of the information supplied as part of this procurement procedure should not be disclosed because of its commercial sensitivity, confidential or otherwise, they must, when providing this information, clearly identify the specific information they do not wish to be disclosed and clearly specify the reasons for its sensitivity. The HCA shall take such statements into consideration in the event that it receives a request pursuant to the Act which relates to the information provided by the interested party. Please note, it is insufficient to include a statement of confidentiality encompassing all the information provided in the response.
All dates included in this notice are provisional and potentially subject to revision.
The HCA reserves the right to abandon this procurement process without making any contract award and shall have no liability whatsoever to any party arising from issue of this PIN. Parties expressing an interest and/or participating in a procurement process do so entirely at their own risk.
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GO Reference: GO-2015105-PRO-7154078.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: