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United Kingdom-Northamptonshire: Financial and insurance services
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Pension Administration Services
Mint Commercial Services LLP wishes to establish a framework agreement for the provision of pension administration services to UK Police Forces, the National Crime Agency and all UK Fire and Rescue services and/or any Body which through appropriate jurisdiction become their successor organisations acting as the relevant contract authority during the lifetime of this framework agreement for the requirements incorporated within the Invitation to Tender documentation. The contracting authority is establishing a framework agreement made up of two lots as follows:
Lot 1: Provision of Pension Administration Services, which may be obtained by means of direct award or further competition. This shall be a multi-supplier lot.
Lot 2: Provision of Pension Administration Services to Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Authority only. This shall be a single supplier only.
Please note tender documents will be available W/E 6 November 2020.
Framework Agreement for the Provision of Pension Administration Services to UK Police Forces, the National Crime Agency and all UK Fire and Rescue services
Provision of Pension Administration Services for meeting the needs of any UK police force, the National Crime Agency and any UK Fire and Rescue Service https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/Fire-and-Rescue-services, https://www.nifrs.org/areas-districts/ and any other replacement body/authority which may be established as a successor, according to a specific set of requirements designed to be applicable to any situation and which may be obtained by means of direct award or further competition. This shall be a multi-supplier lot with up to 5 (Five) suppliers present on it and pricing tendered at this stage in respect of the framework agreement shall act as a basis, guide and maximum pricing which shall apply to any call-off contract tendered under this lot, but which may be improved upon as part of re-opening competition.
Pension Administration Services for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service Only
Provision of pension administration services specifically for meeting the needs of the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service only. This shall be a single supplier lot and in effect the procurement for the award of supplier to this lot shall be undertaken at the same time as the procurement to establish a wider framework agreement for open use by UK police forces, National Crime Agency and UK Fire Services generally as represented by lot 1. Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Authority form definite commitments in respect of this lot. The current contracts expire or has the capacity to expire on 31 March 2021.
This contract may be let as a 5-year contract with three 1-year renewals available.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Please refer to Invitation to Tender.
Documentation published in respect of this framework agreement.
Please refer to the Invitation to Tender documentation published in respect of this framework agreement.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Following conclusion of the framework agreement, each individual police force will subsequently enter into their own call-off contract with an appointed service provider in accordance with the call-off terms.
The rules and procedures governing the varying and awarding of call-offs and undertaking of further competition or Direct Award(s) are as set out within the Invitation to Tender documentation, principally the call-off procedures therein, which subsequently shall form part of the framework agreement. Whereas pricing in respect of lot 2 shall be firm (except in relation to the rate card for optional services), pricing in respect of lot 1 at the outset of the framework agreement shall be guide pricing only and definite pricing shall be arrived at by a police force as part of a subsequent further competition during which the framework requirements may also be further refined. Service providers will be expected to refresh their rate cards on an annual basis. The services and any pricing are divided into core and optional services and allowance will also be made for implementation costs, but no TUPE costs will arise and no inflationary adjustments will be accepted. All matters regarding key performance indicators, service levels, contract management, annual reviews and monitoring are also as set out in the Invitation to Tender documentation. The appointed service providers will look to identify savings where possible and shall be required to prepare a number of plans including a Quality and Continuous Development Plan. The successful tenderers may be required to enter into a parent company guarantee as part of any award of framework agreement. Any awarding of a place on this framework agreement will be conditional upon agreeing to undertake and successfully meet any vetting clearance obligations laid down within the ITT, compliance in full with the agreed terms and conditions of contract and being of satisfactory economic and financial standing deemed appropriate to being on this framework agreement.
Tenderers are required to confirm as part of their tender submission which lots they are tendering for. Tenderers are invited to submit as part of their tender, additional alternative service levels and management information for consideration by the contracting authority. The collection of a management charge by the contracting authority shall apply in respect of suppliers present on and against business arising from lot 1. The contracting authority reserves the right at any time to cease this tendering process and or not to award any framework agreement. The length of any call-off contract entered into under this framework agreement for either lot 1 or lot 2 can be extended past the lifetime of the framework agreement (i.e. over 48 months).