Dear FOI Team,

I would be most grateful if you would provide me, under the Freedom of Information Act, details in respect to the contract below.

WSCC AE Integrated and Managed Wellbeing and Recovery Service — Substance Misuse Services Tender.:
http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:...

The details we require are:
• Suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract and were successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages
• Actual spend on this contract/framework (and any sub lots), from the start of the contract to the current date
• Start date & duration of framework
• Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if so, the duration of the extension?
• Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s) are being either extended or renewed?
• Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this contract?

Thank you for your help.

Yours sincerely

westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Nigel Tedbury

Thank you for your request which has been assigned reference FOI/1931

Freedom of Information request - Substance Misuse Services

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westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Nigel Tedbury,

Our Ref: FOI/1931

On 14/01/2021 you made the following request for information, which has
been dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

Freedom of Information request - Substance Misuse Services

We have now completed a search for the information which you requested and
confirm that this Authority holds data relevant to your request.

The Response to your request is as follows:

1) Suppliers who applied for inclusion on each framework/contract and were
successful & not successful at the PQQ & ITT stages

The award notice for this contract is published on the TED website:
http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:... n

"Section V: Award of contract" provides details of the successful bidder
and the number of bids received. The winning bidder for the Substance
Misuse contract was Change Grow Live (originally called CRI (Crime
Reduction Initiative).

We do hold the information but we are not disclosing the details of
suppliers who were not successful in this tender as under Section 43 (2)
this information is exempt information as its disclosure would be likely
to prejudice the commercial interests of those suppliers, the public and
WSCC.

We consider some of the reasons the release of the unsuccessful bidders
information is not in the public's interest to disclose is that releasing
this information could cause;

1. Unsuccessful bidders to choose not to bid for future WSCC tenders in
the future reducing competition to supply the Council which could result
in higher costs at a time when local authority budgets are widely
recognised to be stretched.
2. Cause the residents of West Sussex to miss out on innovation and
continuous improvement in services if suppliers withhold from bidding due
to their details being released.
3. Give rise to the commercial risk that by monitoring unsuccessful bids
pricing strategies could be developed which would be against the interests
of the public purse.
4. Prejudice against the commercial interests of an unsuccessful bidder as
other stakeholders (their existing customers, suppliers, staff) might
consider this information and make decisions that impact upon them.

In conclusion it is the considered view of the authority that the
arguments in favour of maintaining the exemption outweigh the arguments in
favour of disclosing the details of the unsuccessful bidders.

2) Actual spend on this contract/framework (and any sub lots), from the
start of the contract to the current date

The actual spend on this contract from the start of the contract to the
current date is £24,345,201.26

3) Start date & duration of framework

The award was made on the 27.10.2015 and there was a mobilisation period
before the services started. The Contract duration is 5 years plus
optional 2 year extension.

4) Is there an extension clause in the framework(s)/contract(s) and, if
so, the duration of the extension?

Yes - an optional 2 year extension.

5) Has a decision been made yet on whether the framework(s)/contract(s)
are being either extended or renewed?

Yes the contract is being extended.

6) Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this
contract?

Alison Nuttall (Head of Children Families and Working Age Adults
Commissioning)

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