Professional Services Procurement Spend

Daniel Smith made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Eastbourne Borough Council

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Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Eastbourne Borough Council,

I am writing to ask that you please provide me with the spend for your Professional Services procurement at the Authority, by which I mean the procurement of projects and consultancy through Statement of Work excluding temporary agency staff.

• What have you spent on Professional Services over the last 12 months?
• What did the authority spend on professional Services Between April 2019 and March 2020?
• Between April 2019 and March 2020, which categories had the highest level of spend throughout that period?
• Has the authority planned any large construction-based projects over the next two years?
• If you have got construction projects planned, please could you provide project details, budget and timeframes?
• What is the Councils current process to engage with professional service providers? Please could you provide details of the process and name third parties if they are being used.

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Smith

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Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

 

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Dear Mr. Smith,

 

Information Request:  EFOI 12308

 

Thank you for your information request dated 20 October 2020 received in
our office on the same day.

 

I have reviewed your request and investigated whether there is any
information which can be disclosed to you.  Please find below the
information the council holds, and which I am pleased to provide to you.
Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding.

 

o Has the authority planned any large construction-based projects over
the next two years? Yes.

 

o If you have got construction projects planned, please could you
provide project details, budget, and timeframes? We consider this
information to be commercially sensitive and have applied the
exemption under section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
in deciding not to disclose it. We consider that the public interest
is better served by withholding the information than disclosing it,
since we need to respect the projects will be competitively procured
in the marketplace at some point in the future, and disclosing the
information you sought could undermine the councils ability to secure
value for money. We can, however, confirm that the councils are in the
process of initiating a pipeline of new development construction
projects and maintenance programmes in accordance with the Asset
Management Plans.

 

o What is the Councils current process to engage with professional
service providers? Please could you provide details of the process and
name third parties if they are being used. The councils will determine
the need and scope for external professional services on a project by
project basis. In the event services are required outside of the
organisation’s internal capacity, then they are procured in accordance
with the council’s Contract Procedure Rules.

 

For your information the council uses the following portals for contract
tenders –

 

Intend, Contracts Finder, OJEU (via TED)

 

Intend - [1]https://www.sesharedservices.org.uk/esou...

 

Contracts Finder - [2]https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov....

 

OJEU - [3]https://www.ojeu.eu/

 

 

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