Issue details

20/00043 - Community Based Wellbeing Services Procurement and Grants

a) EXTEND all current grant arrangements until 31 March 2021;

b) DELAY all remaining phases of the community based wellbeing services procurement until 2021/2022; and

c) DELEGATE authority to the Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health to take relevant actions, including but not limited to finalising the terms of and entering into required contracts or other legal agreements, as necessary to implement the decision.

 

Background

 

This will support the security of the social care provider market in Kent during the COVID19 crisis and while the procurement programme for the Community Based Wellbeing Services Offer is paused, to enable key providers of services and that financial intervention is to enable them to carry on with their critical role during this time, whilst other income streams from commercial activity reduces.  

 

This decision supports KCC’s Strategic Statement through supporting key providers that deliver services to older and vulnerable residents that will ensure they are safe and supported with choices to live independently.  This decision relates to the proposal within the Strategic Delivery Plan of moving organisations from grants to contracts.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 07/04/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
To support the security of the social care provider market in Kent during the COVID19 crisis and while the procurement programme for the Community Based Wellbeing Services Offer is paused, to enable key providers of services and that financial intervention is to enable them to carry on with their critical role during this time, whilst other income streams from commercial activity reduces.

Decision due: 7 Apr 2020 by Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health
Reason: Special Urgency

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

Lead director: Richard Smith

Department: Social Care, Health & Wellbeing

Contact: Clare Maynard, Head of Commissioning Portfolio - Outcome 2 and 3 03000 416449.

Consultees

No public consultation has been undertaken due to the urgency process

No Cabinet Committee consultation possible due to urgency process: The chair of the Scrutiny Committee, Group Spokespeople of the Scrutiny Committee and Chair and Group Spokespeople of the Adult Social Care Cabinet Committee have all been briefed on this matter their comments will be included in the Record of Decision

Financial implications: The value of extending the current grant arrangements until 31 March 2021 will be £5,797,824.88

Equalities implications: The proposed grant agreements will support vulnerable and elderly people in the community who are required to either shield or isolate themselves to protect them from exposure to COVID-19. A number of these organisations are also engaged with the local community hubs coordinated through local District / Borough Council’s. As such they will also be supporting and engaging with other vulnerable and isolated families and residents Data Protection implications: There are no anticipated data implications associated with this decision.

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