Written answers

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Construction Industry

Photo of Pa DalyPa Daly (Kerry, Sinn Fein)
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33. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his position on smaller building companies; and the measures his Department has in place to protect them. [33085/21]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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Social housing construction projects (as with all publicly funded construction projects), must be competitively tendered, in accordance with the public procurement guidelines, to ensure transparency as well as value for money for the tax-payer and must comply with the Government’s Capital Works Management Framework (CWMF). The CWMF is for use by contracting authorities involved in the expenditure of public funds on construction projects and related consultancy services. 

Social housing construction projects are delivered by Local Authorities (or approved housing bodies on the Local Authorities behalf).

Local Authorities can, and in many cases do utilise Public Works Framework Agreements to procure construction works for projects of a certain type and value ranges, including small construction/maintenance projects. A Framework is a list of suitable contractors, who have prequalified following an advertised competitive process. The pre-qualified framework contractors then compete in a mini-competition for specific projects, which streamlines the procurement process for both the contracting authority and the tendering party.


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