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Does the council use framework agreements?

Where appropriate, for certain goods and services the council may implement framework agreements with a number of suppliers under which the council can 'call off' those goods and services at pre-agreed rates, at the appropriate time.

Framework agreements set out the broad terms and conditions on which the call off contracts are based upon, framework agreements can have a single supplier or multiple suppliers and for a maximum duration of up to 4 years, as per the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

The selection of suppliers within these agreements will be subject to all of the rules governing advertising, invitations to tender, qualification and evaluation as set out above. Selection of the supplier for a specific contract from a framework agreement may be subject to a further competition, this means conducting an exercise among those suppliers
appointed to the framework agreement. 

The council also uses frameworks from other buying consortiums such as the National Procurement Service (NPS), Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and ESPO to purchase goods and services to gain best value. 

Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS)

A DPS is similar to a framework agreement but permits new suppliers to join at any time during the DPS, provided the supplier meets the selections criteria. A DPS has a different process to follow and the council will be clear within tender documentation if we are using one of these agreements, and provide full guidance to suppliers.

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