Probation: Contracts

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 21st July 2021.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to The future of the Probation Service: Government Response to the Committee’s 18th Report of 2019–21, response to Recommendation 8, when the independent review of bidding under the Dynamic Framework will be published.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The independent review of the Dynamic Framework will be published by the independent reviewer, Richard Oldfield by Autumn.

All 110 contracts for Day 1 services have been awarded and approximately two-thirds of contract value has been awarded to VCSE organisations. These were fixed price contracts for rehabilitative services commissioned through the Dynamic Framework, with a volume cap (with volume bands applying only in larger contracts) to mitigate financial risk to suppliers as a result of volume movement.

The Dynamic Framework is designed to allow for commissioning at regional, police force area or local authority level depending on what is most appropriate for a given service. Regional Probation Directors have flexibility to develop commissioning plans that best meet their needs.

We also published more detailed data on suppliers and their supply chains to be in the procurement portal (which is open to any party that requests access) on 21 May 2021.

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