Decision details

Harrow Council's Domestic Abuse Service

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To request Cabinet to:

 

1.     Approve the invitation of applications to tender for the domestic abuse service for an initial period of three years from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2026, with an option to extend twice for an additional 12 months each;

2.     Split the provision of the Domestic Abuse Service into Lot 1 Domestic Abuse Service: Strategic Coordination and direct support to domestic abuse victims and Lot 2 Safe Accommodation: Refuge Support and Management and Floating Support;

3.     Delegate authority to the Corporate Director of People and Director of Finance to award the contracts for both lots.

 

Decisions:

The Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Safety outlined the content of report. Having noted the confidential appendices to the report, the Leader

 

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)            the commencement of a competitive procurement for the domestic abuse service for an initial contract term of three years to run from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026, with an option to extend for a maximum of a further two years until 31 March 2028, be approved;

 

(2)            splitting the provision of the Domestic Abuse service into two procurement Lots, be agreed as follows:

·       Lot 1:  Domestic Abuse Support Service: Strategic coordination and direct support to domestic abuse victims/survivors (with a contract value of £269,655 per year); and

·       Lot 2:  Safe Accommodation: Refuge Support and Management and Floating Support (with a contract value of £72,000 per year).

 

(3)            following the tender process, the Acting Corporate Director of Resources following consultation with the Portfolio Holders for Environment and Community Safety and Finance and Human Resources, be authorised to award the contract(s) for both procurement Lots in the new domestic abuse services;

 

(4)            the Acting Corporate Director of Resources, following consultation with the Director of Finance and the Portfolio Holders for Environment & Community Safety and Finance & Human Resources, be authorised to extend the contract for each of the additional 12-month periods, which would follow a rigorous review of performance;

 

(5)            the Acting Corporate Director, Resources, following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment & Community Safety, be authorised to allow any changes ahead of the final publication of the Invitation to Tender (ITT).

 

Reason for Decision:  The combined value of the two contracts to deliver the service was in excess of £500,000.  Therefore, the Leader’s approval was required to re-procure the service.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Leader/Dispensation Granted:  None.

Report author: Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Publication date: 22/09/2022

Date of decision: 21/09/2022

Decided at meeting: 21/09/2022 - Portfolio Holder Decision Meeting

Date comes into force if not called in: 30/09/2022

Call-in deadline date: 29/09/2022

Current call-in Count: 0

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