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Title: Review of Priority Need in Wales
Published by: Welsh Government
Publication Date: 14/01/2019
Deadline Date: 14/02/2019
Deadline Time: 14:00
Notice Type: Contract Notice
Has Documents: No
Has ESPD: No
Abstract: The Welsh Government wishes to commission an independent Review of the use of Priority Need in Wales. The Review will need to investigate the potential impacts of any change to Priority Need (whether that is an amendment or abolition) on local authorities, housing providers, the third sector and of course those accessing housing support.
The concept of Priority Need for homelessness services dates back to the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977, and was the key element of Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 which placed duties on local authorities in both England and Wales to secure permanent accommodation for unintentionally homeless people who met one or more of the priority need categories.
The National Assembly for Wales used secondary legislative powers to introduce The Homeless person’s (Priority need) (Wales) Order 2001 which broadened the categories of people to be considered in priority need to include, for example, care leavers, 16 and 17 year olds and former prisoners homeless after being released.
Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 significantly altered the way in which homelessness services are provided to people in Wales, putting in place new prevention and relief duties which were not dependant on whether a person was considered to have a priority need.
However, the priority need test does retain a fundamental position in the 2014 Act, not just as a final safety net for the most vulnerable in our society, where earlier prevention duties have been unsuccessful, but also as a determining factor in whether temporary accommodation is provided while earlier duties to homeless persons are being actioned.
The current list of priority need categories in Wales is as follows:
i. a pregnant woman;
ii. a person with whom a dependent child resides;
iii. someone vulnerable as a result of old age, mental illness or handicap, physical disability, or other special reason;
iv. homeless as a result of an emergency such as flood, fire or other disaster;
v. someone who is homeless as a result of domestic abuse;
vi. 16 and 17 year olds;
vii. 18-21 year olds who are care leavers
viii. 18-21 year olds at particular risk of sexual or financial exploitation;
ix. ex-service men or women who have been homeless since leaving those forces;
x. a person who has a local connection with the area and is vulnerable as a result of being an ex-prisoner.
Vulnerability test
The Act defines the test which should be undertaken to assess vulnerability. For ‘other special reason’ the definition provided is:
(a) the person would be less able to fend for himself or herself (as a result of that reason) if the person were to become street homeless than would an ordinary homeless person who becomes street homeless, and
(b) this would lead to the person suffering more harm than would be suffered by the ordinary homeless person;
While measures were taken to make the new Welsh test more inclusive than the Pereira Test, which was then in place in England (as a result of case law), local authorities still retain the power to determine someone’s eligibility and there is a growing body of evidence that the test is being implemented differently, not just between local authorities, but within the same local authority.
There have been increasing concerns expressed from third sector providers as to the effectiveness of the current approach to priority need in Wales and evidence presented to the Equalities, Local Government and Communities (ELGC) Committee called for the phased abolition of priority need.

CONTRACT NOTICE – NATIONAL

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1 Authority Details

1.1

Authority Name and Address


Welsh Government

Corporate Procurement Services, Cathays Park,

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ

UK

Lucie Griffiths

+44 3000624400


http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en
https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/home.html
https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/home.html

1.2

Address from which documentation may be obtained


Welsh Government

Corporate Procurement Services, Cathays Park,

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ

UK


+44 3000624400


http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en

1.3

Completed documents must be returned to:


Welsh Government

Corporate Procurement Services, Cathays Park,

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ

UK


+44 3000624400


http://wales.gov.uk/?skip=1&lang=en

2 Contract Details

2.1

Title

Review of Priority Need in Wales

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

The Welsh Government wishes to commission an independent Review of the use of Priority Need in Wales. The Review will need to investigate the potential impacts of any change to Priority Need (whether that is an amendment or abolition) on local authorities, housing providers, the third sector and of course those accessing housing support.

The concept of Priority Need for homelessness services dates back to the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977, and was the key element of Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 which placed duties on local authorities in both England and Wales to secure permanent accommodation for unintentionally homeless people who met one or more of the priority need categories.

The National Assembly for Wales used secondary legislative powers to introduce The Homeless person’s (Priority need) (Wales) Order 2001 which broadened the categories of people to be considered in priority need to include, for example, care leavers, 16 and 17 year olds and former prisoners homeless after being released.

Part 2 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 significantly altered the way in which homelessness services are provided to people in Wales, putting in place new prevention and relief duties which were not dependant on whether a person was considered to have a priority need.

However, the priority need test does retain a fundamental position in the 2014 Act, not just as a final safety net for the most vulnerable in our society, where earlier prevention duties have been unsuccessful, but also as a determining factor in whether temporary accommodation is provided while earlier duties to homeless persons are being actioned.

The current list of priority need categories in Wales is as follows:

i. a pregnant woman;

ii. a person with whom a dependent child resides;

iii. someone vulnerable as a result of old age, mental illness or handicap, physical disability, or other special reason;

iv. homeless as a result of an emergency such as flood, fire or other disaster;

v. someone who is homeless as a result of domestic abuse;

vi. 16 and 17 year olds;

vii. 18-21 year olds who are care leavers

viii. 18-21 year olds at particular risk of sexual or financial exploitation;

ix. ex-service men or women who have been homeless since leaving those forces;

x. a person who has a local connection with the area and is vulnerable as a result of being an ex-prisoner.

Vulnerability test

The Act defines the test which should be undertaken to assess vulnerability. For ‘other special reason’ the definition provided is:

(a) the person would be less able to fend for himself or herself (as a result of that reason) if the person were to become street homeless than would an ordinary homeless person who becomes street homeless, and

(b) this would lead to the person suffering more harm than would be suffered by the ordinary homeless person;

While measures were taken to make the new Welsh test more inclusive than the Pereira Test, which was then in place in England (as a result of case law), local authorities still retain the power to determine someone’s eligibility and there is a growing body of evidence that the test is being implemented differently, not just between local authorities, but within the same local authority.

There have been increasing concerns expressed from third sector providers as to the effectiveness of the current approach to priority need in Wales and evidence presented to the Equalities, Local Government and Communities (ELGC) Committee called for the phased abolition of priority need.

NOTE: The authority is using eTenderwales to carry out this procurement process. To obtain further information record your interest on Sell2Wales at https://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/search_switch.aspx?ID=88860

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services
73100000 Research and experimental development services
73110000 Research services
73111000 Research laboratory services
73120000 Experimental development services
73200000 Research and development consultancy services
73210000 Research consultancy services
73300000 Design and execution of research and development
79311100 Survey design services
79311200 Survey conduction services
79311210 Telephone survey services
79311300 Survey analysis services
79311400 Economic research services
79419000 Evaluation consultancy services
1000 WALES
1010 West Wales and The Valleys
1011 Isle of Anglesey
1012 Gwynedd
1013 Conwy and Denbighshire
1014 South West Wales (Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion)
1015 Central Valleys (Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf)
1016 Gwent Valleys (Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly)
1017 Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot
1018 Swansea
1020 East Wales
1021 Monmouthshire and Newport
1022 Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
1023 Flintshire and Wrexham
1024 Powys

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

3 Conditions for Participation

3.1

Minimum standards and qualification required

4 Administrative Information

4.1

Type of Procedure

Single stage - Any candidate may submit a tender.

4.2

Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority

C284/2018/2019

4.3

Time Limits

Time-limit for receipt of completed tenders
    14-02-2019  Time  14:00

Estimated award date
 04-03-2019

4.5

Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up

EN 

4.6

Tender Submission Postbox

5 Other Information

5.1

Additional Information

(WA Ref:88860)

The buyer considers that this contract is suitable for consortia bidding.

5.2

Additional Documentation

5.3

Publication date of this notice

 14-01-2019

Information added to the notice since publication.

Additional information added to the notice since it's publication.
No further information has been uploaded.
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Commodity Categories

Commodity Categories
IDTitleParent Category
73300000Design and execution of research and developmentResearch and development services and related consultancy services
79311400Economic research servicesSurvey services
79419000Evaluation consultancy servicesBusiness and management consultancy services
73120000Experimental development servicesResearch and experimental development services
73200000Research and development consultancy servicesResearch and development services and related consultancy services
73000000Research and development services and related consultancy servicesResearch and Development
73100000Research and experimental development servicesResearch and development services and related consultancy services
73210000Research consultancy servicesResearch and development consultancy services
73111000Research laboratory servicesResearch services
73110000Research servicesResearch and experimental development services
79311300Survey analysis servicesSurvey services
79311200Survey conduction servicesSurvey services
79311100Survey design servicesSurvey services
79311210Telephone survey servicesSurvey services

Delivery Locations

Delivery Locations
IDDescription
1017Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot
1022Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
1015Central Valleys (Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf)
1013Conwy and Denbighshire
1020East Wales
1023Flintshire and Wrexham
1016Gwent Valleys (Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly)
1012Gwynedd
1011Isle of Anglesey
1021Monmouthshire and Newport
1024Powys
1014South West Wales (Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion)
1018Swansea
1000WALES
1010West Wales and The Valleys

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