Reading through the documents today was a jaw-dropping insight into the dream world of public sector morons.
Method statements, framework agreements, key performance indicators, robust performance management systems, equality and diversity policies, performance evaluations, environmental advancement, partnership milestones, sustainable procurement narratives, race and gender statements, service quality monitoring, volume forecasting, operational delivery reviews, governance structure audits, outcomes recording methods, business continuity plans, and contingency planning systems.
All of the above must be installed before we are even allowed to see the work we may be able to bid for, if approved. And, of course, there is no guarantee - by their own admission - that it will be of any quality.
Although EU law allows businesses to reject abnormally low bids, it does not define ‘abnormally low’, which has lead to disputes with bidders.
Paul Dooley, director of estate regeneration at Poplar Harca, said the association decided to act after receiving several low bids, including some of up to 20 per cent lower than the average. He said: ‘We feel that without a clause in the contract we could be subject to contractors making a challenge.’
The move follows concern in the sector about ‘suicide-bidding’, in which companies bid at amounts that do not cover the cost of their work. This can lead to poor quality service and to firms seeking contract loopholes to charge clients extra.