In 2018 the Police and Crime Commissioner commissioned a contract for the establishment of an Anti-Slavery Network on a 1 year contract with an option to extend for a further 1 year.
As a result of the COVID pandemic which delayed the PCC elections, the contract was extended beyond its original term and is due to expire on the 31st March 2022.
The purpose of this report is to advise the Police and Crime Commissioner of the procurement process.
It was undertaken during the recent exercise to award a replacement contract for the Anti-Slavery Network.
In Cleveland, there is an established Anti-Slavery Network. It is contracted by the PCC with contributions from the Local Authority Areas.
The PCC for Durham currently does not commission an Anti-Slavery Network. However, she wishes to establish one in Durham. The PCC for Cleveland and Durham agreed to co-commission a service.
An advert was placed in the European Journal and the BlueLight E-tendering system inviting suppliers to bid for the service. An open tender was carried out using EU supply as the tender portal, advertising the contract in Contract Finder as per the Public Procurement Regulations 2015.
Details of the Procurement Process are included in the appended report.