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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (558)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

558. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the legal basis and advice available to her Department detailing the requirement to make the awarding of the contract for the social inclusion community activation programme subject to a public competitive tendering process; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29646/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

The Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is the government’s primary social inclusion intervention.

The current programme commenced on 1st January 2018 and is due to run to 31st December 2022.  In advance of the commencement of the programme, legal advice in relation to procurement was sought by my Department.  Based on the advice received, it was decided that the programme would be subject to a tender process. 

My Department is currently working on the design of the follow on programme to SICAP. This will be a collaborative process involving wide stakeholder consultation. As part of this, the legal requirements and available options for the awarding of contracts for the next programme will be examined and a decision will be taken based on the Public Spending Code, legal advice, good practice internationally and the need to ensure the optimum delivery of services to clients. 

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