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Accommodation and Support Service

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

I am today announcing that the Government have awarded a new national contract for the Bail Accommodation and Support Service to Stonham.

This follows a competitive tender conducted in accordance with Public Sector Procurement Directive (2004/8/EC). Stonham offered the best overall bid in terms of quality of service and cost relative to the other bids received and will take over the service from ClearSprings on18 June 2010 for an initial three years.

Stonham is a third sector organisation and registered charity, and one of the UK’s largest providers of housing and support for vulnerable and socially excluded people.

The primary aim of the Bail Accommodation and Support Service is to provide accommodation and support services to enable the courts and prison governors to make greater use of conditional bail and early release on home detention curfew, in appropriate cases. The scheme allows defendants without an appropriate address, who would otherwise have been granted bail by the courts, to be bailed. It helps to ensure that prison is reserved for people who really need to be there: not people who the courts judge to be suitable for bail or who prison governors judge may be placed on home detention curfew.