The Area Council Manager introduced this item and updated Members of the North Area Council with regard to the current position of development, procurement and implementation of the commissioned service that is intended to address loneliness and isolation and prevent excess winter deaths in the North Area.
It was explained that the proposal suggested in the report would be complementary to the Energy Efficiency Works in Woolley Colliery Village, whereby residents would benefit from installation of first time central heating systems available for private homes made feasible by the monies secured from round one of the National Grid Warm Homes Fund. Many residents of Woolley Colliery Village have coal fired systems and thus experience genuine fuel poverty. Housing and Energy colleagues will also be bidding for Round 3 Funding, which will be for vulnerable and low income tenants which would again benefit some Woolley Colliery residents.
The Area Council Manager pointed out that six organisations who submitted tender responses had been interviewed, with tenders evaluated on a split of 80% quality, 20% cost. The moderation process was completed on 26th July. DIAL Barnsley scored 73.1% overall and are the preferred provider. DIAL will be invited to attend the next North Area Council meeting. It was highlighted that DIAL already have a presence in the area and that it will be exciting to get this project off the ground. It is expected that the project will be fully operational from December 2018.
(i) Members note the outcome of the procurement process;
(ii) DIAL Barnsley will be invited to attend the North Area Council Meeting on 19th November 2018.