Post by Patrick Torsney on Sept 14, 2012 13:36:03 GMT
Face to Face tenders for 2013 contracts - from the LSC website:
14 September 2012 – PQQ and ITTs for face to face contracts from April 2013 open today
The Invitations to Tender (ITTs) for face to face contracts from April 2013 have opened today (14 September 2012) and will close at 12 noon on Monday 22 October 2012. Tenders are being invited for the following Services:
Family Housing and Debt Immigration and Asylum Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes The first Invitation to Tender for Mediation will open in October 2012.
The ITTs are the second stage of the tender process for Services from 1 April 2013 and are only open to those Applicant Organisations that have completed the relevant Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and have been invited to tender through the eTendering system.
In addition, a second PQQ for face-to-face contracts from April 2013 has opened today (14 September 2012) and will close at 12 noon on Friday 28 September 2012. Once this deadline has passed, on 1 October 2012 we will invite through the eTendering system those Applicant Organisations that have submitted a PQQ respnse to submit a response to the ITT. Applicant Organisations that have already responded to the May PQQ and were subsequently notified by LSC that they passed that PQQ DO NOT need to respond to this.
The documents in the panel on the right hand side of this page provide details of the tender process requirements and information on how to apply. Applicant Organisations must read the relevant “Information for Applicants” document carefully before completing and submitting a PQQ response and/or an ITT response.
Supervisor Declaration Forms can be found on the 2013 Standard Civil Contract page or in the relevant ITTs in the e-tendering system.
Applications must be made online through the eTendering system. A helpline (0208 763 3241) has been set up which you can call if you are having any technical problems with using the eTendering system.
Questions about the content of the PQQ, the Invitations to Tender or the Information for Applicants documents should be raised through the e-tendering system and must be asked by
12 noon Thursday 20 September 2012 for the PQQ 12 noon Monday 8 October 2012 for all the ITTs
Questions of wider interest will be collated and answered through Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents which will published in the documents panel on this page. The PQQ FAQ document will be published on Tuesday 25 September. Final ITT FAQ documents will be published on Friday 12 October.
The deadlines for submitting responses are:
12 noon on Friday 28 September for the PQQ 12 noon on Monday 22 October for all ITTs
Post by Colin Henderson on Dec 20, 2012 10:37:53 GMT
My general thought - it is remarkable that private firms in particular have bothered to bid at all given the rates of pay, but most will be family firms who want to keep their hands in doing a bit of care and the odd DV case. I expect many will be putting in 0 NMS bids because they can't think what they'd do with a Legal Help and will go straight to a certificate
Resolution have however passed on the LSC's rather smug feedback on the ITT thus: "Update on face to face tenders from April 2013:
The LSC has confirmed that over 180 new providers were successful at the PQQ stage across all the categories of law which were tendered. Nationally, the ITT has been oversubscribed, but distribution varies across England and Wales. The LSC has historically struggled to attract suppliers in a small number of areas, and that remains the case, but there are no new areas where the LSC has concerns." www.resolution.org.uk/e-news-editorial.asp?page_id=756#anchor_756
But actually that says very little. What the LSC consider adequate coverage we know from long experience is anything but. I expect many firms currently offering legal aid in fact haven't bid again. All will be revealed next month...
Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Dec 20, 2012 20:16:58 GMT
Very helpful of the LSC to leave it all until the Turkey's not far off going in the oven before telling us what's going off just after the austerity stricken government has its multi - million firework extravaganza in the new year.
Will Ken Clarke be lighting one specially for the eradication of access to justice for anyone and everyone with a social welfare problem I wonder?
What an absolute farce this is turning out to be.
Anyway back to topic. Dare I ask why there's been no mention - amidst this sudden outpouring of ridiculously late information - of the 'interim' welfare benefit contracts for April to October 2013?
The interim WB contracts are not subject to the ongoing battle over the scope changes still in the regulatory ping pong stages between the HoC and HoL, and thus still surely need to be notified to existing suppliers as to what's happening? Or is it simply a done deal that Carillion, Duncan Lewis will keep all the face to work which emanates over their recently allocated telephone contracts?
I very much hope Colin the LSC will be coming clean over how few end up bidding for these absurdly slimmed down contracts.
Your suspicions of it being a done deal are well-founded. The WB interim contracts have been given to those awarded the SWL telephone gateways, as CLS WB advice is no longer viable as a stand-alone. I don't imagine they will get much money out of it.
Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Dec 21, 2012 11:55:37 GMT
So much for competitive and fair tendering then! Best way to make sure you're competitive is seemingly to eliminate the competition before the race (one I liken to the egg and spoon variety) has started.
I wonder how long it will be before these telephone providers are hauled over the coals before another Public Accounts Committee over their abysmal performance? Much as they were in the translation contracts.