London Borough of Hackney

Manage arrears for non-secure rent accounts, major works and service charges

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
2 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
4 SME, 0 large
Important dates
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Published Wednesday 15 August 2018
Deadline for asking questions Wednesday 22 August 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Wednesday 29 August 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work Improve our minimum viable service for caseworkers so that it is easy to use and improves rent arrears management and collection. In addition, roll-out to other rent tenure types and to business teams who manage major works and service charge arrears.
Latest start date Wednesday 5 September 2018
Expected contract length
Location London
Organisation the work is for London Borough of Hackney
Budget range £218,000 + VAT, excluding any ongoing support and maintenance

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done Manage-arrears (beta) has been launched with a small subset of caseworkers. We want to make key improvements raised during beta testing. Moreover, to roll-out the service, the ability to handle rent arrears for non-tenancy accounts, garage, non-secure and introductory tenancies, and temporary accommodations should be added. In addition, the service should include managing leasehold arrears for major works and service charges.
Problem to be solved Hackney needs to improve its coordination and efficiency in managing arrears across business areas with the aims of reducing overall arrears liability and maximising social benefit from its housing stock.
Who the users are and what they need to do As a Caseworker, I need...
to understand which non-secure tenancies, major works and service charge cases are highest priority so I know how best to allocate my time;

the latest balance, status and details of a case for major works and service charge arrears cases so that I can decide what action to take on the cases;

the system to automate low risk major works and service charge cases to optimise my time.

As a Tenant or Leaseholder, I want…
effective arrears texts, emails and printed letters so that I understand my options and what is expected of me.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done We created a simple service to manage secure rent arrears with a small beta team of income collection officers. As part of this work, we also created 3 new Hackney Platform APIs covering tenancies, tenancy details and income collection in AWS. In addition, we integrated with Gov Notify to send texts, emails and letters to tenants.

The service includes an algorithm that prioritises cases by profiling each case and providing a priority score. Additional features allow automated escalation toward court action and eviction, managing repayment agreements and keeping a log of system and user generated actions on the arrears case.
Existing team *Head of Service (project sponsor)
*Business Analyst / Workflow Consultant, with extensive knowledge of existing arrears process and system, as well as the new beta service
*Income Collection team leaders, responsible for managing the rent arrears process
*Income Collection team leaders, responsible for manage the leasehold arrears process
*Service Manager, responsible for quality and incident management on the live Beta service
*Separate teams building a mobile working solution for Estate Officers, account management service for leaseholders and tenants and repairs booking system
Current phase Beta

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Initially London Borough of Hackney offices
Working arrangements We would prefer a team onsite for 3 days a week most weeks in order to engage with subject matter experts and ICT; thus, building broader engagement with the style of working (eg through show and tells).
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Have experience of working to the GDS service design manual
  • Have built a service that has passed a Government Digital Service standard assessment
  • Combine user research, service design and developer expertise
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Have experience designing services for a wide range of digital skills and confidence
  • Ability to support development of REST APIs to Hackney’s standards
  • Experience of developing design patterns that can be re-used for other services
  • Experience of using analytics and user research to prioritise a backlog of improvements
  • Experience integrating with Notify API
  • Experience of containerisation using Heroku / AWS
  • Experience using Github
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Be prepared to share risk and/or reward with the council if the service is attractive to other authorities
  • Provide opportunities for people seeking ways into work in Hackney (eg through an apprentice working on the project)
  • Experience of working with Dynamics 365
  • Have experience working with social housing providers
  • Have experience working with Civica’s Universal Housing product

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 3
Proposal criteria
  • Understanding of user needs
  • Quality of the technical solution
  • Clarity of approach
  • How they’ve identified risks and dependencies and offered approaches to manage them
  • Team structure, including skills, experiences and relevance of individuals
  • Experience from a similar project
  • Estimated time-frame for the work
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
  • Work openly
Payment approach Capped time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Reference
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Are there any documents summarising the outcome of previous work? Please see below documents that summarise outcome of previous work:

Income Collection - Phase 1 Summary

Service Design - Summary

Github Repository:
2. How many people are you expecting to be in the "team" (the people supplier would provide). Your proposal should outline what you think is a the optimum number of people in the delivery team who will work with the existing team listed in the brief.