Swansea City and County Council is seeking a framework deal, to check the condition of technology, that will be accessible to all public sector bodies across Wales.

The council is seeking a four-year agreement, worth between £4m and £12m, to cover IT ‘health checks’.

The deal will include services to ensure compliance with security best practice, including level 4.1 for the Government Connect Secure Extranet (GCSx) Code of Connection, as some bodies “may have a requirement to test their network at higher levels”, the council said in a contract notice. GCSx is a private wide area network for local authorities.

Compliance with PCI-DSS, a payment card industry standard, will also be covered by the deal.

The contracts will be awarded principally on supplier and service quality, with 60 per cent of the weighting. The next factor, with 40 per cent, is price.

Suppliers have until 8 September to request participation. The council will invite up to seven companies to bid.

Two years ago, Swansea moved to an IT system supplied by Cardiff council to underpin its new customer contact centre. The tie-up followed Swansea’s decision to axe the planned second phase of an e-government contract with Capgemini, saying the proposals were too expensive.