The current contract for the Northern Ireland Childcare Voucher Scheme was let in February 2007. The contract is due to expire at the end of February 2013. The contract is open for use of staff within Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) departments. (The contract was later varied to cater for staff in other public bodies such as The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)). The new contract will cater for staff in NICS departments and other listed Public Bodies.
A salary sacrifice childcare voucher scheme is a government scheme regulated by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) under which employees can opt to give up or sacrifice part of their salary in return for receiving childcare vouchers. The salary that is given up in this way in exempt from Income tax and National Insurance contributions up to a limit which is currently no more than £243 per month or £55 per week.
Currently around 800 NICS employees participate on the Scheme together with approximately 700 employees in the public bodies. In the last financial year the amount sacrificed by both NICS and public service employees was over £3.2m. The operation of the scheme requires the services on a specialist voucher provider company. The contract will run for an initial period of 3 years with 2 further options to extend of 1 year each.
Department of Finance and Personnel Northern Ireland
Clare House, 303 Airport Road West
For the attention of: Tony Harvey
BT3 9ED Belfast
Telephone: +44 2890816412
General address of the contracting authority: www.dfpni.gov.uk/cpd
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
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Contract value: Currently around 800 NICS employees participate on the Scheme together with approximately 700 employees in the public bodies. In the last financial year the amount sacrificed by both NICS and public service employees was over £3.2m. The operation of the scheme requires the services on a specialist voucher provider company. The contract will run for an initial period of 3 years with 2 further options to extend of 1 year each.The Service Provider will be required to deliver the following services:The operation of a salary sacrifice childcare voucher scheme;Promotion of the scheme in Northern Ireland; andProvision of advice and guidance.Employees from the following bodies will be eligible to use this contract;Department of Agriculture & Rural DevelopmentForest ServiceRivers AgencyDepartment of Culture, Arts & LeisureDepartment of EducationDepartment of Employment & LearningDepartment of Enterprise, Trade & DevelopmentDepartment of the EnvironmentDriver & Vehicle AgencyNorthern Ireland Environment AgencyDepartment of Finance & PersonnelLand and Property ServiceNorthern Ireland Statistics & Research AgencyDepartment of Health, Social Services & Public SafetyDepartment for Regional DevelopmentDepartment for Social DevelopmentSocial Security AgencyOffice of the First & Deputy First MinisterPublic Prosecution Service for Northern IrelandDepartment of JusticeCompensation AgencyForensic Service Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Courts & Tribunals ServiceNorthern Ireland Prison ServiceYouth Justice AgencyAgri-food and Biosciences InstituteCommission for Victims & Survivors for Northern IrelandElectoral Office for Northern IrelandEquality Commission for Northern IrelandInvest Northern IrelandLabour Relations AgencyNorthern Ireland Audit OfficeNorthern Ireland Authority for Utility RegulationNorthern Ireland Fire & Rescue ServiceNorthern Ireland Law CommissionNorthern Ireland Policing BoardPolice Service of Northern IrelandProbation Board for Northern IrelandEstimated value excluding VAT: 750 000 GBP
Published: 22 Dec 2012, Receipt by: 1 Feb 2013
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