Providers may submit applications at any time throughout the framework term.
Please refer to the application documents for details on how to submit an application.
Financial assessment of providers
The Council shall obtain a Creditsafe credit check and will score applicants accordingly:
71 — 100 very low risk – accept
51 — 70 low risk — accept
30 — 50 moderate risk – subject to further discussion internally with the option to reject.
21-29 high risk – subject to further discussion internally with the option to reject.
1-20 — very high risk – reject.
If you are under no obligation to publish accounts on companies house and/or do not have a comprehensive credit rating then provide audited financial accounts for the previous 2 years. Both quick and current ratios should be a minimum of 1:1.5 for the 2 successive years. Applicants whose ratios do not meet the minimum criteria will be rejected. Applicants who can provide audited accounts but chose not to do so shall be rejected.
Applicants who have been trading for less than 1 year and cannot provide audited accounts must submit the cash flow for the current year and a letter from the bank outlining the current cash and credit position for the current year and subsequent year. This will be subject to internal discussion with the option to reject.
If an applicants still does not meet the financial criteria for consideration but has a parent company that does, the firm may still be eligible for consideration where their submission is supported by a parent company guarantee.
Providers must hold these insurance levels at a minimum:
Employers (compulsory) liability insurance* — 10 000 000 GBP in respect of any one claim and unlimited as to number of claims;
Public liability insurance — 5 000 000 GBP in respect of any one claim and unlimited as to number of claims;
Statutory third-party motor vehicle insurance (only where applicants will use their vehicles when undertaking activities under the contract).
* where applicable under the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969.
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The contracting authority does not intend to include a sub-contract clause as part of community benefits (as per Section 25 of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014) in this contract for the following reason:
No sub-contract clause us included due to the nature of the services being provided.
Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2361
A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:
Criteria 8 of the national standard is clear that the provider, by entering the contract with the Council, in accordance with the supporting guidance on transition options, to deliver the funded entitlement, will commit to adopting and demonstrating fair work practices in their setting to all childcare workers delivering the funded entitlement.