we’ve received a couple of documents from the ESFA – an intention to contract for AEB for 1 August to 31 October 2017, and another intention (we believe for the November 2017 to July 2018 period).
However, the ESFA still seem to be in contract standstill, so are unable to answer senior manager questions. I’m therefore looking to you wonderful people.
1. Do funding envelopes still apply (i.e. can we use some of the Nov-July funding in October, if required)?
2. Can changes in delivery be made from the original tender proposal (eg changes in geography or amount of delivery between us and subcontracors) to meet changing demand?
3. Does anybody know if there is or will be an opportunity to access a growth case for AEB?
We have been unable too to obtain clarification from the ESFA. We currently have two indications of funding for AEB, one for August to Oct 2017 and one for Nov 2017 to Jan 2018
We are taking the view that any underspend from Aug to Oct would not be available for November onwards but we don’t know.
We have made a growth case as the amounts that have been quoted to us differ significantly from our expectations but we also have been told that our case would not be considered whilst we are in the standstill period, ie up to 14/8