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Ministry of Justice opens competition for private probation contracts

Official notice to open competition published

03 December 2019
Ministry of Justice opens competition for private probation contracts

The Ministry of Justice has published the official notice which opened the competition for providers wishing to bid for the new private probation contracts.

The government redesign of the probation service will return all offender management responsibilities to the National Probation Service, but there is still a reduced role for the private sector. The new contracts are split into 12 regions, and are now inviting bids for organisations to deliver unpaid work and accredited programmes. The value of each contract varies from £66 million in the North-East to £184 million in London. While initial contracts are for five years, there is the possibility of extending them to eight years with six possible extension periods of six months each. Organisations can bid for multiple lots, but a 31% market share cap has been set.

The stated deadline for the competition is 16 December 2019, although this deadline is only for the pre-qualification stage of the process. The full procurement competition will start in early 2020.

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