The Ministry of Justice has launched the first stage of a tendering process for Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) with an intention to get them in place in 2015. CRCs are a mechanism to move a significant proportion of probation services out of the public sector.
Tier 1 providers, the organisations who wish to run the CRCs have to register before 31 October.
Tier 2 and 3 suppliers (the supply chain) also known as sub-contractors, can register “to enable visibility to Tier 1 providers”. However, this is the 3rd database that the Ministry of Justice has attempted to set up and Tier 2 and 3 suppliers are not required to register and can make their own links with potential Tier 1 (or prime) contractors.