{meta} Agenda item - Skills and Work Programme

Agenda item


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:

An exception to Contractual Standing Orders as permitted within the City Council Constitution:

·       Delivers Best Value to The Council 

·       The execution of works or the supply of goods and services is required so urgently as not to permit compliance with the requirements of competition.


Approve the award of selected contracts within the Skills and Work Commissioned programme for the period: 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021, subject to the confirmation of final budgets for 2020/21.

The individual contracts and budget values are detailed in the Skills and Work Programme report dated 19th February 2020.

The Reasons are:

In September 2016 Procurement Board gave approval to go out to competition for the delivery of services within this proposed programme. Following a competitive tendering process, contracts were awarded to successful providers and delivery commenced on 1st April 2017 on a two year, plus one contract basis. These contracts will be time-expired by the end of March 2020.


For value for money reasons and in order to retain service stability it is proposed that selected contracts are extended for a further 12 months, for the period 1st April 2020 to March 31st 2021. The options to extend within the contracts have been exercised and as such they therefore require an exception to contractual standing orders in order to continue into 2020/21.   


Options considered and rejected were:

-       Develop new specifications and go out to tender

-       Decommission current services


Assessment of Risk:


The current Skills and Work programme delivers a suite of targeted services to support local residents to progress in to education, training or work. The programme is also strongly aligned to support the wider outcomes of Early Help and the Helping Families programme.


There will be a gap in provision if these services are not continued.



The source of funding is:


These services are funded by the City Council revenue budget (Skills and Work), Section 106 and Troubled Families grant.


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


Climate Change Implications considered: Advice from Michael Hemingway, Principal Officer – Climate Change, Tel: 0161 793 3209  


Contact Officer: Alison Burnett                          Tel No: 0161 793 2535


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


*         The appropriate scrutiny committee to call-in the decision is the Children’s Services Scrutiny Committee and Overview and Scrutiny Board.




Signed:          Bill Hinds                                     Dated    19 February 2020                                  

                     Lead Member



This decision was published on 19 February 2020.

This decision will come in force on26 February 2020 unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.



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