Assistive Technology Re-tender
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To provide a summary of the recent Assistive Technology tender exercise and identify the highest scoring provider and commence contract negotiations.
A report of the Interim Director of Social Services reminded Members that on 1 September 2011 the Cabinet had approved the outcome of a tendering exercise for the provision of an assistive technology assessment service and telecare installation, monitoring, maintenance and response service (Minute No. 107 refers).
During the standstill period following the Cabinet, a challenge had been received from one of the unsuccessful providers that suggested the tender documents did not adequately promote fairness and in turn could result in further challenge under the Remedies Directive (2009) which could be subject to financial penalty.
No formal contract discussions had taken place and providers who had submitted a tender had been advised that the Council would not be proceeding any further with this tender.
The current contract had expired on 30 September 2011. Therefore, it would be necessary to extend the current contract until 31 March 2012 whilst re-tendering took place.
(1) the developments relating to the original tender for the provision of an assistive technology assessment service and telecare installation, monitoring, maintenance and response service, in particular not progressing further with the award of the new contract be noted;
(2) re-tendering (using an OJEU accelerated procedure) for the provision of an assistive technology assessment service and telecare installation, monitoring, maintenance and response service be approved following suitable revisions to the specification and documents that would provide continuity of service for vulnerable people and promotion of fair competition and value for money from the process; and
(3) the extension of the existing contract to 31 March 2012 which will allow for the re-tendering exercise to be completed and provide for a suitable handover period, be approved.
Report author: Director of Adult Social Services
Publication date: 19/10/2011
Date of decision: 13/10/2011
Decided at meeting: 13/10/2011 - Cabinet
Effective from: 27/10/2011