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Wandsworth Outsource Youth Service

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wandsworth Tories Are The Real Face Of The “Nasty” Tory Party As Bidders Reach 21st January Deadline For Up To £20m Contract For Outsourced Youth Service

Outsourcing is a way of bringing in further cuts, and this can only result in a lower quality service for young people in Wandsworth, not to mention lower pay and conditions for staff says GMB.

GMB, the union for public sector workers, commented on announcement that today (21st January) is the deadline for bidders to express interest in tendering for a contract for the Youth Service in Wandsworth which the council decided to outsource late last year. The contract worth up to £20m is due to run from April 2015. See notes to editors for information on the contract on business link website. The council papers can be found at

Kieron Merrett, GMB Regional Officer, said "Last week Osborne spoke of increasing the national minimum wage by 69p an hour over the next 3 years. However the Wandsworth Tories are the real face of the “nasty” Tory Party.

This attempt by them to contract out youth services represents yet another attack by the Tories on some of the most vulnerable in society. The council is openly using this sort of outsourcing as a way of bringing in further cuts, and this can only result in a lower quality service for young people in Wandsworth, not to mention lower pay and conditions for staff.

Young people are already bearing the brunt of the cuts, with almost a million out of work and with the support available to them being slashed. Youth services are an important public service, and they should be run to support the young people who need them more than ever - not just passed to the lowest bidder to run for profit."


Contact Kieron Merrett on 07866 441 656 or Michelle Gordon 07866 369259 or Carmel Pollen BWTUC on 07946 172 461 or GMB press office 07974 251 823

Notes to editors

Information on the contract finder on business

Wandsworth: Youth Services

Reference number: CPT1233

Deadline date:21/01/2014

This deadline is for Expression of Interest

Contract value: £10,000,000 - £20,000,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Inner London - West 

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? No

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Wandsworth Borough Council

Original source URL

Description of the contract

Wandsworth Borough Council is holding a “Meet the Buyer Event” for its upcoming Youth Work Service Contract.

The event will take place on: Tuesday, 28th January 2014 2PM- 4PM Room 123, Wandsworth Town Hall, London, SW18 2PU

 Who can attend? This event is open to any providers who have an interest in delivering a youth work service and youth crime prevention service.

 What will it involve? The event will include presentations by Wandsworth Council on the Youth Work Service and the procurement process, an opportunity for service providers to give feedback on service specifications and to ask questions about the scope of the Service and about procurement and to provide comments to the Council on the delivery of the Service. There will also be the opportunity to have one-2-one sessions with stakeholders.

The aims of the event are to: • Improve providers’ understanding of a) the Youth Work Service and b) Wandsworth Council’s commissioning and procurement process; • Enable providers to contribute to the Service specification; • Facilitate the potential development of the market place An outline of the Youth Work Service that is to be tendered can be found in the Council's recent committee paper:

 To register for this event, providers will need to register via the e-sourcing portal: Providers must register on the site to respond, although those already registered will not need to register again and will be able to use their existing user name and password. Please note there is a password reminder on the link to the home page. Providers must log in, go to Response Manager and add the following Access Code (R425F5QY88). Providers should then follow the on-screen instructions.

To register for the event use the e-mail facility stating the name and numbers of attendees from your organisation and your market sector. Details of attendees must be submitted by no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday 21st January 2014. For further information, please contact: Virginia Wall (Head of Youth Work) Direct Line: 0208 871 7609 Email:

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