Government tenders for £360m local authority software framework contract

The government has published a tender for a framework contract for local authority software and services worth up to £360 million over four years.

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The government has published a tender for a framework contract for local authority software and services worth up to £360 million over four years.

Led by the Government Procurement Service (now known as the Crown Commercial Service), Pro5, the London ICT Programme and the Local Government Association, the procurement is for line of business software and services such as revenue and benefits collection systems and social care systems. The total contract value has been reduced from a projected £500 million

The new framework, entitled Local Authority Software Applications intends to replace a Local Government Software Application Solutions contract that is due to expire on 25 July. Suppliers on the existing contract include Capita, Civica and Caci.

A key part of the framework will be to “further accelerate the development of open systems, data sharing and interoperability of IT systems in government,” the government said in the contract notice.

Technology providers will be able to bid for 11 lots in the new contract. The value of these are broken down as follows:

Lot 1: Revenues and benefits systems - between £24 million and £60 million

Lot 2: Payment processing and cash receipting systems - between £2.4 million and £12 million

Lot 3: Environmental, planning, building control, trading standards and licensing systems: between £12 million and £48 million.

Lot 4: Libraries systems - between £12 million and £48 million

Lot 5: Housing and property systems - between £12 million and £48 million

Lot 6: Social care systems - between £24 million and £60 million

Lot 7: Public health systems - between £1.2 million and £24 million

Lot 8: Civil enforcement systems - between £6 million and £24 million

Lot 9: Open government systems, interoperability and integration services - between £6 million and £24 million

Lot 10 - Democratic and citizen engagement systems - between £6 million and £24 million

Lot 11 - Other local authority business systems - between £6 million and £24 million

The framework agreement is due to be awarded in July for a term of two years, with the option to extend a further two years. It will be open to all councils and other local government organisations.

The contract does not include what the tender document defines as commodity software, such as ERP or CRM systems.

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