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Independent Approved Premises – Phase 1 London and North West Probation Service Regions

Ministry of Justice

Publication date 22 February 2024, 11:44am
Contract location
UK - United Kingdom

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) as the contracting authority intends to commission contracts to provide Independent Approved Premise (IAP) across 2 probation regions (London, North West).
Approved Premises (APs) provide a critical community-based service to accommodate and manage high risk individuals serving community sentences and on release from custody.
Provision of accommodation on release is a key factor in reducing reoffending and supporting transition into the community whilst reducing the need for prison places.
Independent Approved Premises (IAPs) are run by independent contracted organisations.
The Authority will take a two-staged approach to awarding contracts across both Lots.
In Lot 1, the Authority will first award a single contract for the best-ranked compliant Tender which provides a minimum of 15 Female service user beds in the North West Probation Region. The tendered property must not provide more than 35 beds.
Concurrently, in Lot 2, the Authority will award multiple contracts (in order of ranking within that Lot) until a minimum of 49 Male service user beds in the London Probation Region have been fulfilled.
The Authority will then rank the remaining Tenders from both Lots / regions together and award further contracts to the best ranked Tenders up to the Funding Envelope has been used.
The earliest Contract Start Date will be from May 2025 subject to the fulfilment of any applicable conditions precedent. The contract Commencement Date will be 1st April 2026 following a period of mobilisation.
The contract end date will be the 31st March 2030, with the option for the Authority to extend on the same terms for a further period of up to 12 months to 31st March 2031.
The MoJ intends to run a second competition for IAPs in other Probation Service Regions as part of a separate procurement exercise

Independent Approved Premises – Phase 1 London and North West Probation Service Regions