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.