Public Sector Network Tender Alert



SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL (“The Council”) invites expressions of interest from suitably experienced organisations for appointment onto an Approved Provider List (APL) for the provision of Independent Fostering Agency services. Southampton City Council are procuring these services for themselves and also for and on behalf of Bracknell Forest Council, Hampshire County Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council, Reading Borough Council, Slough Borough Council, Surrey County Council, West Berkshire Council, Windsor and Maidenhead Council and Wokingham Borough Council. Providers are to note that this opportunity constitutes reissue of an original advertisement, dated May 2011, and is solely applicable to appointment onto the APL. The APL will consist of all those providers that meet the Council’s pre-determined criteria, and accept the Council’s contract conditions. Providers will enter into individual placement agreements for subsequent services awarded via the APL. Providers will need to meet minimum qualification requirements to qualify for inclusion on the APL. Criteria and weightings for qualification/evaluation will be stated in the accompanying procurement documentation. It is anticipated that appointment onto the APL will take effect from 01 April 2013. Applicants will be required to apply via the "Supply Southampton" website, which can be accessed at: Providers can register their details and access the pre-qualification documentation via the "PQQs open to all suppliers" link. Pre-Qualification documents must be completed and submitted by no later than 1700 on Wednesday 06 February 2013. For further information on the requirements, please forward all communications through the secure messaging facility within the “Supply Southampton” web portal. The Council undertakes to use reasonable endeavours to hold confidential any information provided in the proposal submitted, subject to the Council's obligations under law, including the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If the applicant considers that any of the information submitted in the application should not be disclosed because of its sensitivity then this should be stated with the reasons for considering it sensitive. The Council will then consider the sensitivity statement before replying to any request received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Ref: EC09/01/1774,


Contract value: 10000000.00GBP

Published: 7 Jan 2013, Receipt by: 2 Jan 2015