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Essex County Council sets out plans for £850m extra care framework

Essex County Council has revealed details of an £850m extra care framework, which could include 30 projects over a seven-year period.

The framework, which is being procured by the local authority on behalf of 19 different councils and NHS trusts, will include the construction of extra care schemes for the over 55s, as well as care and support schemes for people with disabilities aged between 18 and 55.

Councils and trusts on the framework include Chelmsford City Council, Colchester Hospital Unversity NHS Foundation Trust, Epping Forest District Council and NHS Property Services.

Winning firms will need to have the capacity to design, build, finance, operate and maintain schemes procured through the framework to provide an “end-to-end” services package for extra care projects.

The council will deliver a minimum of nine and a maximum of 30 extra care schemes across the framework, with an estimated value of between £194m and £647m.

It will also support bids by councils and trusts to the Homes and Communities Agency for grant funding for new developments, and the council may also apply for additional funding from the HCA to support schemes in its own right. This is estimated to bring the total framework value to £850m.

The council expects to pick a minimum of five and a maximum of 15 contractors on the framework, which is due to last seven years.

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