Decision details

Direct Payment Support Service

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


To seek delegated authority for the applicable Associate Director to award a contract to the preferred provider/s identified as a result of the tender process.


 Councillor Jerry Wickham presented the report which detailed the procurement exercise that had commenced in October 2016 to recommission the Direct Payment Support Service to allow for a seamless transition; and recommended that delegated authority be agreed by Cabinet to award the contract.


Issues highlighted in the course of the presentation and discussion included: the legislative requirements to provide direct parents; and how payments are used to support people who need care, to allow them to take ownership of their own care plans.




To approve delegated authority to award a contract to the preferred provider/s identified as a result of the tender process to Associate Director for Adult Care Commissioning and Housing, following consultation with Councillor Jerry Wickham, Cabinet Member for Health (including Public Health) and Adult Social Care; the Associate Director, Finance; and the Associate Director, Legal and Governance.


Reason for Decision:


Direct payments give customers the ability to take control of social care services and commission the support they want to meet their identified eligible needs. The re procurement of a direct payment support service will provide a cost effective means to meet some of the Council’s statutory responsibilities under the Care Act 2014. Giving delegated authority will ensure the timely procurement of this service.

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;


Some DP customers

Contact: Emma Townsend, Head of Living and Ageing Well Email: Tel: 01225 713521.

Report author: Emma Townsend

Publication date: 16/12/2016

Date of decision: 13/12/2016

Decided at meeting: 13/12/2016 - Cabinet

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