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Bristol domestic abuse service issues legal challenge to council

A domestic abuse service in Bristol is issuing a legal challenge to the city council after failing in its bid for funding.

Next Link wants the council to "re-run the commissioning process" after a London-based company won the contract.

Bristol City Council said the "strongest bid" was awarded the contract and it had "confidence in the integrity of the tender process".

It said further details would be announced once they were "finalised".

A Next Link spokeswoman said: "Because we have been working in Bristol for 16 years we bring major advantages for local families that a national charity, however good, cannot achieve for many years.

"Our solicitors believe there were manifest errors in the council's evaluation process resulting in an unfair and unequal bias towards the new provider.

"This was not a level playing field, and we want the city to re-run the commissioning process."

The council said as "the procurement process was ongoing", it would be "inappropriate to comment further at this time".

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