Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To consider the report of the Cabinet Member
for Children’s Social Care to accept the outcome of the
procurement process for a Framework Agreement for the Consortia
commissioning of children’s residential care.
(i) To agree and accept the outcome of the procurement of a Framework Agreement for children’s residential care commissioned by a regional consortium led by Southampton City Council.
(ii) To delegate authority to the Director of Quality and Integration to do what is necessary to implement recommendation (i) above.
The Framework Agreement has been procured in partnership with 18 Local Authorities via a fair, compliant, open and transparent commissioning and procurement process.
Effective and appropriate use of the Framework Agreement will give Southampton City Council and participating Local Authorities assurance of quality in the provision of children’s residential care and price stability in what will otherwise be a market characterised by variable and escalating costs over the coming years.
The Framework Agreement will provide Southampton City Council regulation-compliant access to significantly more providers than under current arrangements, as well as a wider range of options (detailed below) for cost-effectively meeting need, thereby ensuring good future outcomes for the city’s looked after children.
Option 1 – Spot purchase.
This option was rejected because of non-compliance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the resource intensity of individual negotiation and the increased risks in terms of cost and quality where each placement required would be subject to market forces on a case-by-case basis.
Option 2 – Procure a ‘Southampton-only’ Framework Agreement.
This option was rejected, as experience and analysis suggested that greater economies of scale, improved outcomes (e.g. placement stability) and best value for money could be obtained through a collaborative procurement process with other authorities.
Report author: Chris Pelletier
Publication date: 17/07/2018
Date of decision: 17/07/2018
Decided at meeting: 17/07/2018 - Cabinet
Effective from: 26/07/2018