Published date: 14 January 2022

Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to fulfil the contract.

Closing: 4 May 2031, 10am

Contract summary


  • Health and social work services - 85000000

Location of contract

North West

Value of contract

£375,000,000 to £415,000,000

Procurement reference

KH CYP/LCC/22/717

Published date

14 January 2022

Closing date

4 May 2031

Closing time


Contract start date

5 May 2031

Contract end date

5 May 2031

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Other: Psuedo Dynamic Purchasing System

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Contract Finder:
Lancashire County Council (the Council) are leading on the procurement of an open Flexible Agreement for the Provision of Fostering Agency Placements. The Flexible Agreement will be a list of approved Independent Foster Care Providers. Providers can apply to join the Flexible Agreement, if Applicants satisfies the required criteria. The Flexible Agreement will be open for new Applications during this initial Application phase. Once the initial Application deadline has passed (see ITP for dates), Providers can apply to join every three years throughout the term. Following an evaluation process, applicants will receive an outcome notification. Successful Applicants will be required to sign a Flexible Agreement and will be appointed as a provider.
This Flexible Agreement will be used by the Lancashire County Council and Contracting Authorities listed below and identified in the contract notice and any successor council as defined in The Local Government (Structural Changes) (Transfer of Functions, Property, Rights and Liabilities) Regulations 2008 to the Contracting Authorities.

• Cumbria County Council
• Blackpool Council
• Blackburn with Darwen Council
All instructions on how to participate and apply to join the Flexible Agreement, evaluation criteria, terms and conditions and documents to be returned can be found on following webpage:

More information

Additional text

The Flexible Agreement is now open for Applications and is anticipated to be open until the initial Application Return Deadline (See the Council's eTendering portal iSupplier portal and ITP for date).

Once the initial Application Return deadline has passed (see ITP for dates), Applicants can apply to join every three years throughout the term, dates of deadlines and evaluation will be published on the iSupplier portal.

How to apply

Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer

Contact name

Kirsty Harrison




01772 538079