The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has kicked off the tendering process for a £50m-plus framework designed to help Whitehall and the public sector at large recover money from its existing contracts. Included in the framework’s spending pot is £5m dedicated to going through the government’s telecoms and mobile deals to find and recover money owed back to the taxpayer.
CCS has published a contract notice seeking between two and 12 suppliers to fill a framework “for the provision of spend analysis and recovery services for all UK central government departments and wider public Sector organisations”. The winning bidders will be expected to analyse the government’s systems and practices for accounts payable, invoices, and payments.
The framework, which has an estimated value of £48m plus VAT, is split into seven lots. The first, worth £14m, is dedicated to “statement transaction review”. Winning bidders on this lot will be asked to examine “ledgers and trading accounts to identify, report and recover any unallocated amounts, credit notes, or other credit balances due back” to government bodies.
The second lot allocates £9m for an “end-to-end service” that covers the statement transaction review services of the first lot, plus examination of potential payment errors and a general review of contract compliance.
The remaining five lots cover contract compliance in various discrete areas, beginning with the utilities sector in lot three. A purse of £10m is allocated to this area.
Lot four is dedicated to telecoms and mobile devices, and has an estimated value of £5m. Suppliers on this lot will be asked to analyse government contracts across a range of services, including lines, call plans, mobile voice and data charges, and maintenance.
Lot five also has £5m to spend, and is focused on costs related to agency staff and contractors. The final two lots, which have £2.5m apiece, are dedicated to VAT costs, and rent and other property costs, respectively.
Contracts for all lots are scheduled to last 48 months, with no renewal option.