Tenders invite for contracts

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A CONTRACT to carry out disabled facilities grant work could be put out to tender in a bid to ensure the standard of work and protect vulnerable people.

Members of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet will consider a report by Andy Skelton on Tuesday.

It has been recommended that the move is approved because it would ensure a more consistent standard of service from contractors as well as providing a more efficient means of carrying out the adaptations.

In his report Mr Skelton said that Scarborough Council, as well as Selby and Ryedale District Councils, were in a partnership to fund adaptation work, such as fitting showers and ramps, through Disabled Facilities Grants.

He said: “Quotations for these adaptations are currently achieved through an individual tendering procedure to local contractors.

“There are many similarities between the installation of standard shower and ramp facilities. Therefore a standard schedule of works for shower and ramps is easily achievable.”

If approved a framework agreement would put grant applicants with contractors who have been vetted through the scheme and safeguard them against incompetent tradesmen.

Mr Skelton said: “The council will deliver its grants without the need for individual tendering significantly speeding up the delivery of adaptations for disabled people across the borough.”

He added that contractors who fitted the criteria would be invited to submit tenders for the work. He said: “The introduction of this framework agreement will allow the allocation of the adaptations work to the successful contractors on a rotational basis – with the cost of the adaptation based on an agreed schedule of rates.

Tuesday’s meeting is due to start at 10am.