{meta} Decision - Request for Approval - Exception to Contractual Standing Orders - Contract Extension - Connexions

Decision details

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Salford City Council - Record of Decision


I Councillor Hinds, Lead Member for Finance and Support Services and chairman of the Procurement Board, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution do hereby approve:

(1)       An exception to Contractual Standing Orders in accordance with Paragraph 3.1 as follows:

·       There are value for money reasons justifying an exception.

(2)       Approve the award of the contract for the Targeted Support Service to Help Young People Engage in Appropriate and Compliant Education, Employment and Training (Connexions) for the period 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 as detailed in the report dated 6th February 2019.


The Reasons are:

The service is currently subject to potential budget reductions as part of the City Council’s overall budget savings proposals for 2019/20.

In order to assist with the realisation of the budget saving for this contract over the next 12 months, while maintaining the viability of this service, it is proposed that the provider is given an additional 12-month contract extension, which requires an exception to Contractual Standing Orders.


Options considered and rejected were:

-       Develop a new specification and go out to tender in summer 2019

-       Decommission current service at the end of March 2020


Assessment of Risk:

The proposed budget saving presents a major risk to the viability and future delivery of the Connexions service. The approval of an additional 12 month contract, in addition to the existing 12 month extension, will help to mitigate this risk.


The source of funding is:

Children’s Services (core budget), Skills and Work


Legal Advice obtained from:

Tony Hatton, Principal Solicitor, Tel. 0161 219 6323



Financial Advice obtained from:

Chris Mee – Strategic Finance Manager Ext 0434


Procurement Advice obtained from:

Christopher Conway, Procurement Category Manager, Tel 0161 686 6248


The relevant documents contain exempt or confidential information and are not available for public inspection

Contact Officer:       Alison Burnett                    Tel No 0161 793 2535



*         This matter is also subject to consideration by the Lead Member for    Children and Young People’s Services and has been referred to that Lead Member for briefing purposes.


*         The appropriate scrutiny committee to call-in the decision is the Children’s Services Scrutiny Panel.




Signed:      BILL HINDS                          Dated:       6 February 2019            

                     Lead Member




*         This decision was published on 6 February 2019


*         This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on 13 February 2019 

          unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.



Publication date: 06/02/2019

Date of decision: 06/02/2019

Decided at meeting: 06/02/2019 - Procurement Board

Effective from: 14/02/2019

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