Procurement of Consultancy Services

Benjamin Barnes made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Eastbourne Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 64 authorities

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Eastbourne Borough Council.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please could you provide a breakdown of which mechanisms you procure consultancy services from, specifically:

1. Do you use national procurement frameworks to procure consultancy?
a. If so, which frameworks do you use, and what proportion of your consultancy spend over the last 12 months has been on each of the frameworks you are part of.

2. Do you use third party neutral vendors/procurement solution providers (eg ESPO, Bloom, Procurement hub) to procure consultancy?
a. If so which do you use, and what proportion of your consultancy spend over the last 12 months has been on each of the vendors you use.

3. Do you use internal frameworks to procure consultancy? (IE frameworks that are not national, that you administer yourselves or share with a small number of other local authorities)
a. If so what proportion of your consultancy spend over the last 12 months has been on each of the frameworks you have and when will they expire/re-open for applications.

4. Have you procured consultancy services through your own unique, project specific tender processes? (for example advertising a tender for a specific consultancy piece of work)
a. If so what proportion of your consultancy spend was procured through this route, and where do you advertise such opportunities?

5. Have you procured consultancy services through any other mechanisms in the last 12 months? (for example direct awards). If so what proportion of your consultancy spend was this for.

Yours faithfully,

Benjamin Barnes

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Thank you for your information request received today.

 

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Kind Regards

 

 

Information Governance Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

 

Rance, Kevin,

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Dear   Mr. Barnes   ,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 10 July 2019 
which has been registered under reference EFOI 9461.

 

1.Do you use national procurement frameworks to procure consultancy?

a.If so, which frameworks do you use, and what proportion of your
consultancy spend over the last 12 months has been on each of the
frameworks you are part of.

 

2.Do you use third party neutral vendors/procurement solution providers
(eg ESPO, Bloom, Procurement hub) to procure consultancy?

a.If so which do you use, and what proportion of your consultancy spend
over the last 12 months has been on each of the vendors you use.

 

3.Do you use internal frameworks to procure consultancy? (IE frameworks
that are not national, that you administer yourselves or share with a
small number of other local authorities) a.If so what proportion of your
consultancy spend over the last 12 months has been on each of the
frameworks you have and when will they expire/re-open for applications.

 

4.Have you procured consultancy services through your own unique, project
specific tender processes? (for example advertising a tender for a
specific consultancy piece of work) a.If so what proportion of your
consultancy spend was procured through this route, and where do you
advertise such opportunities?

 

5.Have you procured consultancy services through any other mechanisms in
the last 12 months? (for example direct awards). If so what proportion of
your consultancy spend was this for.

 

As the Council has concerns over the receipt of anonymous and, possibly,
pseudonymous requests, it has decided to tighten procedures and reserves
the right to ask for proof of identity. Therefore I would appreciate it if
you could provide, electronically or otherwise, some proof of your
identity.

 

The usual forms of proof such as passport, drivers licence or a utility
bill are acceptable but other formats will be considered as long as they
demonstrate the genuine identity of the requestor.

 

A request for information must contain the ‘real name’ and address of the
requestor:

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 8(1)(b):

 

In this Act any reference to a “request for information” is a reference to
such a request which—

 

        “…states the name of the applicant and an address for
correspondence”

 

I have attached the ICO guidance (Identity or motives of the applicant)
and would draw your attention to the section on page 4.

 

Alternatively, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Governance
Appeals Officer -

 

Information Governance Appeals Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

1 Grove Road

EASTBOURNE

BN21 4TW

 

Email: [1][email address]

 

In the meantime your request has been put on hold until I receive your
reply.  If I do not hear from you within 30 working days of the date of
this email I will assume that you no longer wish to proceed with your
information request, and will take no further action.

 

 

Kevin Rance
Information Governance Officer

Tel: +44(0)1273 471600

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