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COVID-19 MESSAGE FOR DARLINGTON BOROUGH COUNCIL CONTRACTED PROVIDERS OF GOODS OR SERVICES

As you will be aware, things are constantly developing with the challenges faced by the coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak.

While Darlington Borough Council services have strived to continue to operate to date, from Monday 23 March 2020, there may be a reduction in certain services as a result of the Government’s announcement to close certain services with effect from this date.

Darlington Borough Council recognises that this is a very difficult time due to circumstances beyond either it or its Contractors’ control. Where services can be delivered either as current or in a modified way then they should be. Where this is not possible and in line with the Government’s announcement on Friday 20 March 2020, the Council is committed to ensuring that the financial impact on your business, and those engaged by you, is minimised where your contracted services cannot be delivered either as previously or in any reasonably modified way.

In light of this commitment, the Council’s has reviewed the terms and conditions upon which you operate, and, rather than, as it is contractually entitled, to totally, or partially, suspend the Services until the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak have ceased, the Council is taking reasonable steps to mitigate the impact upon you, by proposing temporary variations to your contract to make a Supplier Relief Payment (or other support) in accordance with the guidance set by the Government in the Procurement Policy Note dated March 2020.

The Council is urgently assessing all of its contracts to determine where a Supplier Relief Payment may be made and Providers will be contacted with proposals for Supplier Relief. If you are a Council Contracted provider whose services cannot be delivered (or delivered in a modified way) and you have any specific queries on Supplier Relief under your contract please telephone 01325 405489.

NEPO portal

The NEPO portal [external link] is an eTendering system which is used by the 12 North-East Authorities for all quotes and tenders. All of the Councils quotes (over £10,000) are obtained through the NEPO portal and all tenders (over £100,000) are advertised through the portal.

Provider Network Event for the Procurement of a Substance Misuse Service

Further details and all documentation can be found on the NEPO portal at the below link

NEPO Portal [external link]

NEPO210 - Highways Surfacing Framework (P2018/1753/EG)

Further details and all documentation can be found on the NEPO portal at the below link.

NEPO Portal [external link]

P2019/1868/NE - Dynamic Purchasing System for the Appointment of Contractors for Packages of Works

Further details and all documentation can be found on the NEPO portal at the below link.

NEPO Portal [external link]

Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Home to School, Special Educational Needs and Vulnerable Adult Passenger Transport Service

Further details and all documentation can be found on the NEPO portal at the below link.

NEPO Portal [external link]

Contracts register

We have a legal obligation to provide a wide range of services to Darlington and have a variable number of contracts in place to help with the management and delivery of these services.

The registers contain brief details about each contract including: current contractor/provider, start/end dates, approximate value per year and the procurement officer responsible for the contract.

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