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Supplier relief assistance for Fife Council contracted suppliers

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The Covid-19 outbreak is significantly impacting on many businesses.  We appreciate that some of our suppliers will struggle to meet their contractual obligations, which would put their financial viability, ability to retain staff and their supply chains at risk.

We want to work with our contracted suppliers to provide support where it is possible, so that we can resume normal contract service delivery as soon as possible once the outbreak is over.

What is supplier relief?

If you are a contracted supplier who is at risk of not being able to resume normal service delivery after the outbreak, we will work with you to ensure service continuity.

Supplier relief can take varying forms, such as adjustment of contractual terms around delivery and performance, as well as interim payment models.

Any interim payment model will include a condition that suppliers must also promptly pay their staff and supply chain under the contract. We fully expect suppliers to pass the benefits of these arrangements onto their staff and supply chain.

Supplier relief will constitute a formal variation to the contract and will be time bound.

The Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN 5/2020) published by the Scottish Government on 26 March 2020 sets out guidance for public bodies on options for payment to suppliers.

Who does this apply to?

This applies to existing council suppliers, where contracts have been disrupted by the outbreak.  Please see the flowchart to check if you are eligible.

How to apply

If supplier relief is required to support your business, the COVID-19 - Supplier Relief Application form allows you to propose what relief is sought and provides us with the information we need to consider your request. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For further information email: enquiry.procurement@fife.gov.uk Please include Supplier Relief in the the subject heading, when getting in touch.

Any applications that don’t fall within the temporary framework for State Aid are likely to be refused

Further advice

Business Gateway Fife provides advice and access to immediate support to help businesses this extremely challenging period. Business Gateway Fife can be contacted at www.businessgatewayfife.com or you can arrange to speak to an adviser on 01592 858333.