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DWP Framework Agreement

DWP have today called for expressions of interest in the Framework Agreement by organisations and consortia to be submitted by 30th July 2010.  This is pretty much the qualifying stage which will be followed by the group games and then knock out stage with the winner being awarded a Work Programme contract.  The EOI is also for "other potential employment related support services contracts" (although this surely goes against the philosophy of one programme fits all).

The country has been thus divided into Lots (gone are the Contract Package Areas):

  • North East
  • London
  • North West
  • South East
  • Yorkshire and The Humber
  • South West
  • East of England
  • East Midlands
  • Wales
  • West Midlands
  • Scotland

This is quite a surprise as it was envisaged that the size of regions would be bigger. That doesn't however mean one organisation won't reign supreme in more than one Lot area.  Multiple providers will be selected for each area and will then be able to compete for contracts which are expected to be in the range of £10-£50 million.

The health warning is that organisations are expected to have good financial standing and arrangements that will enable them to manage the risks associated with the delivery ... As a minimum, organisations must have the ability to deliver across an entire Lot and manage the financial demands of delivering at least one package of business without undue risk to the specific requesting contracting body.

So who is in and who is out?  There may be some frantic consortium building taking place in July!

Black boxes are still the vessel of choice and DEL/AME is coming out to play.  Game on!


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