{meta} Agenda item - Request for Approval - Contract Extension - SEND Brokerage, Support, Training and Advice Service for Schools and Families in the Orthodox Jewish Communities in Salford

Agenda item

Decision:

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 the extension of Contract for a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Brokerage, Support, Training and Advice Service for schools and families in the Orthodox Jewish Communities in Salford as detailed in the table below:

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Contract Reference

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Title/Description of Contracted Service/Supply/Project

Contract for a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Brokerage, Support, Training and Advice Service for schools and families in the Orthodox Jewish Communities in Salford

Name of Contractor

The Centre for Specialist Educational Assistance Ltd (known as Binoh of Manchester)

Type of organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)

Private Limited Company

Status of Organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)

SME

Value of Contract Extension

£ 40,360

Per annum

Existing Contract Term

01/09/2016

to

31/08/2019

Extension Period Requested

01/09/2019

to

31/08/2020

Contact Officer (Name & number)

Geoff Catterall (793 3312) Steve Titley (793 2435)

Lead Service Group

People Services

Funding Source

Grant

 

The Reasons are

 

The provision is still necessary for the reasons outlined in the original request to PB to commission this service on 29th June 2016 i.e.

 

·       The local authority has statutory responsibilities to support all children with Special Educational Needs in Salford.

 

·       The Local Authority does not have the internal resources to provide the

           culturally appropriate SEND support offer that is needed in order to

          successfully work with pupils, schools and their families in the           Orthodox Jewish Communities.

 

·       Approval to go out to tender for this service was given following a report presented to Procurement Board on 9th March 2016, including the option to extend the contract from 01.09.19 to 31.08.20 and the contract is performing well.

·       When agreeing the award of the original contract, PB requested further information about the provision in relation to the possibility of a joint commission between Salford, Manchester and Bury L.A.s in the future and requested an update to PB at the time of first annual contract extension on 01.09.19. This option has now been considered again and the previous advice provided in 2016 (that a joint commission is not feasible) has not changed.

·       PB will be presented with a further extension report and update (subject to extension being sought on the basis of satisfactory performance) in time for the final extension of this contract from 01.09.20 to 31.08.21.

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Options considered and rejected were- not to extend this contract.

Assessment of Risk - if this contract is not awarded, there will be a break in SEN services for this community.

The source of funding is DSG funding.

Legal Advice obtained  - Tony Hatton, Principal Solicitor

Financial Advice obtained- Chris Mee, Strategic Finance Manager

Procurement Advice obtained - Chris Conway, Category Manager, Corporate Procurement Team 

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The following documents have been used to assist the decision process

Salford Council Accessibility Strategy 2014–17; Children’s Services Accessibility Strategy; SEN Support – The Graduated Approach- Descriptors of Special Education Provision Expectations Document Updated June 2014 – Primary and Secondary Phase Schools Accessibility Strategy; SEN Support – The Graduated Approach – Descriptors of Special Education Provision Expectations Document Update June 2014 – Primary and Secondary Phase Schools

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Contact Officers: Geoff Catterall (793 3312) Head Of Complex Needs SEN and Steve Titley, Commissioning Manager, People Directorate (793 2435)

 

 

*      This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member

 

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

 

 

Signed:    COUNCILLOR BILL HINDS               Dated:   26 June 2019   

                     Lead Member

 

 

* This decision was published on 26 June 2019.

* This decision will come into force at 4.00 p.m. on 3 July 2019 unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.

 

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