Post by Patrick Torsney on Apr 5, 2010 7:54:36 GMT
Here is the clarification reproduced verbatim:
Tendering as part of a consortium
31 March 2010 Further clarification provided on the tendering process for providers bidding for Debt, Housing and Welfare Benefits services
In response to queries from organisations tendering as part of a consortium, we can provide more information on the tendering process.
Must I include the work that other consortium members will deliver from my offices? No. Each Applicant Organisation in a consortium must tender for the services that their organisation wishes to deliver. They should not include in their tender the services that other consortium members would deliver from their premises.
Should I include consortium members’ staff in my staff details? No. Each Applicant Organisation’s tender should reflect the staff that their organisation currently employs / will employ from 14 October 2010.
Can one consortium member submit a PQQ for all consortium members? No. Each Applicant Organisation (i.e. each consortium member) must submit a response to the PQQ and at least one ITT.
Must I submit a bid for the work I wish to undertake from other consortium members’ offices? Applicant Organisations are required to submit information on the tender form about the office from which they are intending to deliver a presence in a Procurement Area or an access point.
Where an Applicant Organisation intendes to deliver services at one of its offices as part of a consortium, it will only need to respond to the questions relating to the category(ies) of law it is tendering to deliver as part of the consortium.
The Applicant Organisation must then include in the same tender, any services it wants to deliver as a single organisation (i.e. any services it intends to deliver from the offices of other consortium members).
In completing the tender form, as part of the tender information, the Applicant Organisation will additionally be required to provide details of its fellow consortium members.
Post by Patrick Torsney on Apr 12, 2010 19:38:58 GMT
And here is some clarification of the clarification, put up as a general item within the SWL section of the LSC site:
Further clarification on consortia
Further to the final FAQ for the Family and Social Welfare Law Invitations to Tender published on our website on 7 April, some representative bodies have expressed concern that their members remain unclear about how they should tender as part of a consortium for Debt, Housing and Welfare Benefits work.
By way of further confirmation of responses to questions 10.3 to 10.6, where an applicant organisation will deliver services (in addition to those it provides from its own office) through its fellow consortium members’ offices, it does not need to tender from fellow consortium members’ offices, only its own.
Where a consortium is awarded a contract, details of fellow consortium members and where their offices are located will be added to each individual office’s contract schedule, to enable all services to be delivered from each office within the consortium.