Selling to the Council

Criteria for tender award

Established Council policy has favoured an award procedure based on the lowest price tender although, on occasions, the most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) approach has been followed and may result in a decision to award the tender to a contractor who has not offered the lowest price. 

Where the basis of the award is MEAT the criteria and associated weighting for the award of all tenders must be simply and clearly stated in order of importance and, for the most part, will focus on tender price; the most common reason to award to a higher priced tenderer will relate to an evaluation of quality and technical merit