As Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services I propose to
A) Extend the Children’s Centres services currently provided by Millmead and Seashells via a direct award for a period of not more than 12 months (end 31 March 2024).
B) Delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Children, Young People and Education, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for ICS (Integrated Children’s Services), to negotiate, finalise and enter into the contracts with Millmead and Seashells.
C) To take the necessary actions including but not limited to negotiating, finalising and entering into relevant legal agreements such as the direct award contract, as required to implement this decision.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Division affected: Margate; Sheppey;
Notice of proposed decision first published: 24/11/2022
Decision due: Not before 23rd Dec 2022 by Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services
Lead member: Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services
Lead director: Stuart Collins
Department: Education & Young People's Services
Contact: Christy Holden, Head of Strategic Commissioning, Children and Young People’s Services Phone number:03000 415356.
Financial implications: • This service will be funded from within the existing revenue KCC base budget reported against the Early Help and Preventative Services Key Service in the Budget Book. • Any commercial negotiation in addition to the existing contract values would be subject to budget and Director approval. • Financial risks associated with this proposal are expected to be low. Potential pressures will be managed through ongoing contract management for the commissioned service.
Legal implications: • An implication of this approach is that the council is operating outside of Spending the Council’s Money in that the contracts should have been the subject of being competitively tendered. • The risk has been mitigated through knowledge of the market and whether there are other organisations that could deliver the services at scale and pace in the particular locations. The situation satisfies the requirements as set out in Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) clause 72(1)(e) and clause 72(8) which permits modifications to contracts so long as not materially different.
Equalities implications: An Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) screening has been completed and has concluded that the proposed decision does not present any adverse equality impact.