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Guidance on Top Ups from BCC

Because of the ongoing confusion over top ups, BCC have produced this factsheet


Abandonment of Procurement Exercise for PXXXXX – LOTS 1-5 and 6  27/04/18

Letter from BCC:

Birmingham City Council (‘the Council’) has decided not to proceed with the award of the following Lots:

LOT 1 – Home Care Services – North Birmingham
LOT 2 – Home care Services – West Birmingham
LOT 3 – Home Care Services – East Birmingham
LOT 4 – Home Care Services – South Central Birmingham
LOT 5 – Home Care Services – South West Birmingham
LOT 6 – Citywide Quick Discharge Service

The Council’s right to abandon the evaluation process and abandon the procurement process are set out in Paragraph 3.3 (d) of the Tender Instructions Document issued on the 22nd December 2017. UK and EU Courts have recognised the broad right of a contracting authority to abandon a procurement process including part of the procurement process.

The Council is currently reviewing the procurement strategy relating to the services which may result in a change in the future procurement process.

Once the procurement strategy is finalised, the Council will be re-tendering the services specified in the lots mentioned above and releasing all relevant information as part of the new ITT, including a detailed timetable, in the near future.

If you have any queries in relation to this letter please send any correspondence via dedicated inbox for this project:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to submit an Invitation to Tender and I would also wish to encourage you to participate in future opportunities the Council may advertise. These can be found at, in the OJEU Notice, Contracts Finder or on the Council’s e-tendering website https://in-

Yours Sincerely

Gina DiMarco
Assistant Procurement Manager

Corporate Procurement Services Strategic Services Directorate PO Box 10680

Telephone: 0121 464 8000 (Helpdesk)

Facsimile: 0121 303 7322


Outcome of the Care Fees Consultation Updated 26/03/18

We have been informed by Birmgham CC that they will be notifying providers in the next two weeks about the outcome of the tendering process.  They still envisage the new contracts to go live on teh 30th April 2018

Outcome of the Care Fees Consultation 12/01/18

Following the Birmingham Consultation the Local Authority have increased their prices, but you will need to jump through some hoops and decide if you want to continue to do business with them.
First the good news….

They have increased their fees to the following fixed prices:
Residential Care Homes £500
Nursing Homes £575 plus PNC
Home Care £14per hour
The good news carries on, all historic packages will be increased from 1st May to the fees above.
Ok, so here’s the bad news……..
Everybody has to retender.
Some jobsworth at Birmingham has decided you need to spend a couple of days finding certificates and policies scanning them in and filling in their documents with information they already have and won’t look at.
Here are the details of the tender details:
The tenders closes at 12pm on 5 February 2018 (this has been extended)
Here are the links: for home support providers and care homes with and without nursing for over 65’s. for care and support (supported living) providers and care homes with and without nursing for under 65’s.
A factsheets and copies of all the document are available on the Council’s website:
The Bad news continues

  • You have to agree to pay everyone the minimum wage of £7.83 even those under 25
  • If BCC are paying you more than the figures above they will reduce them on 1st May 2018
  • There is no mechanism at the moment for Top Ups – we have asked them to look into it, however we don’t expect them to move on this
  • If you decide not to register with them they will consider moving all their residents out or cancelling the packages
  • If you become inadequate they will move residents out or cancel packages
  • Home Care - it may be bad news, but they are limiting the areas to a set number of providers

Birmingham City Council Commision Strategy Dec 2017