Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

November 28, 2007 09:43 ET

Cornwall Trade Unions Join Forces To Oppose County Council Newpaper While Vital Public Services Suffer Cut Backs

CORNWALL, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2007) - Public Sector Trade Unions in Cornwall are outraged at the disclosure that Cornwall County Council are budgeting to spend GBP 1.25 Million on a newspaper to be distributed to all homes in Cornwall whilst financial pressure in the County means that essential public services are being cut back.

The high profile Fire Brigades Union campaign has been at the forefront of the Unions campaign but other important sectors within Cornwall are also at risk from the decisions taken by the Liberal Democrat controlled executive at a time when the Unitary Authority is rumbling ever nearer.

Councillor Ken Yeo, Executive member with responsibility for the Fire Brigade, attended a meeting last week with the Fire Minister, Parmjit Dhanda to plead for more money for the Fire Brigade. He did this knowing that the Executive had agreed to spend more money on a newsletter than it would take to maintain the current fire cover at Falmouth and Camborne.

The Fire Service is not the only area under threat, re-organisation following the move to Unitary Authority status is expected to bring huge job losses in Cornwall to add to those already gone or going at Imreys.

John Drake the FBU Regional Secretary said "Cornwall already has a high number of independent quality newspapers and to add to this list a County Council propaganda sheet at such a huge cost is not only wrong it is also dangerous. What communities and tax payers want from their Council is quality local services not more junk mail especially at a cost of over a million pounds. Once again the Lib Dem executive has shown it is far more interested in self publicity than providing fire cover".

Kevin Mason, GMB Organiser for Cornwall said, "Cornwall's residents have a perfect right to expect that the provision of their public services comes before any vanity spending by the County Council. It is not only our excellent Fire Service that could suffer but our other vital services that are there to look after our children and elderly residents."

Claire Jones Regional Industrial Organiser, Unite (T&G) added, "The Council are coming under increasing pressure to meet the government target of 3% cashable savings. With the inevitable cuts that will need to be made, we doubt that the people of Cornwall would agree with over a million pounds being spent on a newsletter, which could be better used to improve public services in Cornwall."

UK-TRURO: PRINTING, PUBLISHING AND RELATED SERVICES

SECTION I: CONTRACTING AUTHORITY

I.1) NAME, ADDRESSES AND CONTACT POINT(S):

Cornwall County Council, New County Hall, Treyew Road, Attn: Steve Bough, UK-Truro TR1 3AY. Tel. 01872 322187. E-mail: sbough@cornwall.gov.uk. Fax 01872 323810.
Internet address(es):
General address of the contracting authority: www.cornwall.gov.uk.
Further information can be obtained at: As in above-mentioned contact point(s).
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained at: As in above-mentioned contact point(s).
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: As in above-mentioned contact point(s).

I.2) TYPE OF THE CONTRACTING AUTHORITY AND MAIN ACTIVITY OR ACTIVITIES:
Regional or local authority.
General public services.
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no.

SECTION II: OBJECT OF THE CONTRACT

II.1) DESCRIPTION

II.1.1) Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority: Printing and distribution of Cornwall County Council's Community Newspaper.
II.1.2) Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Services.
Service category: No 15.
Main place of performance: To all households in the county of Cornwall and various public buildings
NUTS code: UKK3.
II.1.3) The notice involves: The establishment of a framework agreement.
II.1.4) Information on framework agreement: Framework agreement with several operators.
Number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 3.
Duration of the framework agreement: Duration in year(s): 3
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement:
Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 260 000 GBP.
II.1.5) Short description of the contract or purchase(s): Cornwall County Council, or its successor in title, is to launch a new community newspaper to be distributed (door-to-door) to every household in Cornwall (approx: 236 000 households) and other public buildings across the county such as libraries, council offices and selected businesses in Spring 2008. The publication will be produced for the first two issues on a bi-monthly basis and by issue three it is the Council's intention for the publication to be issued on a monthly basis. The publication will be produced as a tabloid, full colour newspaper with an initial pagination of 24 pages (which may fluctuate depending on the monthly content). The publication will be reviewed and evaluated within the first year and after consultation with the readers and staff at Cornwall County Council, the Council may decide to change the format as well as the frequency. Expressions of interest are sought from qualified and experienced companies for the printing and/or distribution of the Council's publication with the anticipated launch of the newspaper due to be in spring 2008. The intention is to let a two-year framework agreement with an option to extend for a further year. Whilst there is no guaranteed quantity or spend, the estimated value is likely to be in the region of 1 260 000 GBP for the duration of the contract (two years with a one year option). Cornwall County Council will supply digital artwork.
II.1.6) Common procurement vocabulary (CPV): 78000000, 22200000, 64111000, 78240000, 22213000.
II.1.7) Contract covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): No.
II.1.8) Division into lots: Yes.
Tenders should be submitted for: one or more lots.
II.1.9) Variants will be accepted: No.

II.2) QUANTITY OR SCOPE OF THE CONTRACT

II.2.1) Total quantity or scope: Printing and distribution of monthly Community Newspaper.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 260 000 GBP.

II.3) DURATION OF THE CONTRACT OR TIME-LIMIT FOR COMPLETION:

Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract).
INFORMATION ABOUT LOTS
LOT NO 1
TITLE: Printing and Publication of monthly Community Newspaper
1) SHORT DESCRIPTION: Printing and Publication of monthly Community Newspaper.
2) COMMON PROCUREMENT VOCABULARY (CPV): 78000000, 22200000, 78240000, 22213000.
3) QUANTITY OR SCOPE: Printing and Publication of monthly Community Newspaper.
5) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LOTS: Please refer to section II.1.5 for detailed description of requirements.
LOT NO 2
TITLE: Distribution of monthly Community Newspaper
1) SHORT DESCRIPTION: Distribution of monthly Community Newspaper.
2) COMMON PROCUREMENT VOCABULARY (CPV): 64111000, 78240000.
3) QUANTITY OR SCOPE: Distribution of monthly Community Newspaper.
5) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LOTS: Please refer to section II.1.5 for detailed description of requirements.

IV.2) AWARD CRITERIA

IV.2.1) Award criteria: The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document.
IV.2.2) An electronic auction will be used: No.

IV.3) ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

IV.3.3) Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive documentPayable documents: no.
IV.3.4) Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate: 24.12.2007 - 15:00.
IV.3.5) Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates: 31.1.2008.
IV.3.6) Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up: English.
VI.5) DATE OF DISPATCH OF THIS NOTICE:
19.11.2007.



Contact Information

  • FBU
    John Drake
    07813170755
    or
    GMB
    Kevin Mason
    07852 182 347
    or
    Unite (TGWU section)
    Claire Jones
    07791 113 806