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Think Family Support Service Tender

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Dear West Sussex County Council,

Please could you supply me with the winning tender and any associated documents for the Think Family Support Service – OJEU Contract Ref. No.: 2013-010371 won by Crime Reduction Initiatives in April this year.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Hands

Freedom of Information Act,

Dear Mr Hands,

 

Thank you for your enquiry, which has been forwarded to the appropriate
officers for a response.

 

Please note that following a decision by the Cabinet at a meeting on 4th
September 2012, FoI and EIR requests to West Sussex County Council and the
Council's responses may be published on the Council's website in a
suitably anonymised form. This is in addition to the individual response
to the requestor, and in line with the Council's commitment to
transparency and open data.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Dave Loveman

Customer Relations Team Manager

 

Freedom Of Information |  [1]West Sussex County Council | Location:
County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RQ
E-mail: [2][email address]

 

 

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Dear Ian Hands

 

I write further to your request for information dated 12^th August.  Your
request was made in the following terms:

 

“Please could you supply me with the winning tender and any associated
documents for the Think Family Support Service – OJEU Contract Ref. No.:
2013-010371 won by Crime Reduction Initiatives in April this year.”

 

 

The Authority has collated the information in respect of the winning
tender and associated documents and those are enclosed.  These documents
have been redacted to remove information to which I apply the exemptions
in s43 ‘commercial interest’ and s40 ‘personal data’.

 

Section 43

 

The authority is of the view that the release of the information requested
in an unredacted format is likely to prejudice the commercial interests of
the successful contractor, CRI, by impacting on their ability to
participate competitively in commercial activity.

 

Public Interest

 

It is the view of the Authority that the public interest in withholding
the redacted information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the
redacted information for the following reasons: -

 

Factors in favour of disclosure

There is a strong public interest in an Authority being transparent and
accountable for its decisions on how public funds are spent as this
generates confidence, integrity ensures value for money.  This public
interest is served by the application of appropriate tendering process.

 

Factors in favour of withholding disclosure

 

These factors have been considered in relation to the specific
documentation on question.

 

Detailed Pricing information

It is accepted that the overall price for the contract is in the public
domain and that it should be a matter of public record.  The pricing
structures of the contractor are commercially sensitive as they provide
information which will highlight the contractor’s economically efficient
areas to potential competitors.  In particular, the pricing tables
disclose the percentage costs attributed to central administration. 
Disclosure is likely to allow competitors to analyse and copy these
proposals to their own competitive advantage.

 

Operational Information 

A significant part of the information in the tender discloses CRI’s unique
operating methods which would be likely to prejudice its commercial
interests.  This information is acutely sensitive as it is information
obtained by significant capital expenditure in research and development
and would be of considerable advantage to its competitors.   The project
design/management and service delivery design is proprietary in the sense
that this is the heart and soul of the tender.  It is this which wins or
loses the tender. 

 

It is not the case that the commercial sensitivity of the information
would be reduced by the fact that its operating techniques could be
discerned by its commercial competitors through observation and visiting
the offices concerned.  The specified operational information will remain
commercially sensitive and confidential.

Proprietary information 

 

These are proprietary documents which have been researched and established
by the contractor, their disclosure would be detrimental to the
contractor’s commercial interests. Competitors who would otherwise need to
spend time and money developing their own systems would be able to analyse
this information and either use it themselves or adapt sections to their
own systems, thus causing a disadvantage to the contractor.

 

How tender information is presented

 

Disclosure of this information will give a competitive edge to others. 
Contractors who are successful in the bidding process are often successful
on the basis that they have worked out a unique way of presenting
information so as to impress and persuade public authorities to award it
its contracts.  This advantage, built up over years and at significant
expense, would be lost if this information were to be disclosed.

 

Conclusion

 

On balance therefore, it is the view of the Authority that the public
interest in withholding the redacted information outweighs the public
interest in disclosing the redacted information.

 

Personal information – Section 40

 

With the exclusion of those names which already appear on the contractor’s
external website, all other personal data has been redacted in order to
comply with Data Protection legislation.  The Authority has therefore
applied the personal data exemption under Section 40 of the FOIA. This is
an absolute exemption and does not require the application of the public
interest test.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you may
wish to ask for a review of our decision under our complaints procedure. 
Please contact Edward Vera-Cruz, Head of Procurement & Contract Services
or the complaints section via our website.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted our complaints
procedure. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 

 

The Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Sue Freshville

BSD FoI Liaison Officer

 

 

BSD FoI Liaison Officers, [1]West Sussex County Council 

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Email:- [2][email address]

 

 

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sheila oneill left an annotation ()

http://www.cri.org.uk/

Chichester, West Sussex supports families with drug abuse problems. The previous Director of Adult and Childrens social services started his career in a drugs rehabilitation unit, going on to work within probation and then within LAs in Adult and Childrens social care and finally Director of these services.
This may indicate that the previous Director had special interests in this area.

Concerns are that parents with other problems (other than drug abuse) are not receiving the support needed especially where there is lack of work support for those having to cope with worklessness. Connections does not exist now and the replacement has far less funding.

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