Purchasing, Distribution and Administration of solid fuel benefits to qualifying former employees (or their widows) of the coal industry. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Tender Closes 15th February

Former British Coal Corporation employees and certain others are entitled to receive solid fuel as part of historic contractual liabilities arising from coal industry privatisation. It is known as The National Concessionary Fuel Scheme. Under the terms of the scheme, eligible beneficiaries can receive a solid fuel entitlement or cash-in-lieu. This contract only applies to services to the solid fuel beneficiaries and is to ensure adequate purchasing, delivery and administration of the fuels, on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to qualifying individuals. The number of beneficiaries in receipt of solid fuel (December 2018) was c6600. When the contract begins, we estimate there will be c5400 with an overall declining profile year on year of about 7%. Deliveries to solid fuel beneficiaries are required in England, Wales, Scotland, and Isle of Man (2 households) with the highest concentration in England followed by Wales and Scotland.

The estimated costs for the initial three-year period of the contract are £22.2m. If the optional extension period of two years is enacted then the total costs are estimated to be £32.4m

The department will be holding a pre-market engagement day for this requirement on Tuesday 5th February 2019 between 1-4pm. The location will be at BEIS offices, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET. Please register your interest in attending by emailing christopher.whelan@beis.gov.uk

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