Buying Solutions is looking for suppliers for a local government software application solutions framework agreement.
The government's procurement agency's contract, which is worth £587.5 million over two years, has the option for two 12-month extensions. Buying Solutions expects to have between three and 12 participants in the contract.
The contract tender follows Cabinet Minister Francis Maude’s recent call for suppliers to advise the government on how to become an effective ‘single customer’ for services, to help cut the UK’s deficit. A number of the memorandums of understanding the government signed with suppliers earlier this year, such as Atos Origin, outlined plans for the government to become more efficient by adopting the single-client approach.
Buying Solutions is procuring applications that cover a wide range of local government requirements, including finance and decision-making software, education-related software, and software for electoral services and social housing.
In the contract notice, Buying Solutions said that the solutions will have to meet the needs of local government bodies of all sizes, from local authorities and NHS bodies to charities.
Suppliers will also be expected to provide software applications, on a licensed or rental basis, and the supporting services for delivering them, including consultancy, software design, system integration and ongoing support.