Procurement of Independent Support for 2016-17

We're pleased to announce that the Department for Education (DfE) have confirmed funding of the Independent Support programme until 2018.

As such we are running a procurement process to secure the services of local providers. The procurement is open to any independent voluntary, community or private organisations with local knowledge, experience and expertise to deliver an independent support service in each local authority area using the funding available. The contracts will be for 9 months running from 1 July 2016 to 31 March 2017.


We will be running the procument through the following stages:

Stage 1 - a selection and short-list is carried out on the basis of an open pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ). Responses to the PQQ are assessed and if successful, suppliers move to Stage 2. As of the 24th February 2016 this stage is now closed. Confirmation of succes at Stage 1 will be confirmed week commencing 7th March 2016

Stage 2 - a restricted list of potential suppliers are invited to submit a full tender with costings to deliver independent support, from which winning bidders will be selected. As of April 2016 this stage is now closed. Confirmation of success at Stage 2 will be confirmed week commencing April 2016.