Issue details

22/00107 - Commissioned Youth Provision - Direct Award

Proposed Decision: As Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services I propose to


A) Extend the Commissioned Youth Service Provision via a direct award to the seven current providers 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 Integrated Children’s Services, to negotiate, finalise and enter into the relevant contracts.




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: (All Division);

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: • Known as the Youth Services Duty, Local Authorities have a statutory duty to “secure, so far as is reasonably practicable, sufficient provision of educational and recreational leisure-time activities for young people.”. • 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 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. and 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.