PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION AND ADVICE SERVICE COMMISSION
Decision Maker: Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The report seeks agreement from the Adult
Social Care and Public Health Committee to progress Public
Health’s proposed commissioning intentions for information
and advice services.
Resolved – That
The Director of Public Health be authorised to re-commission the
Wirral Information and Advice service totalling up to
£2,332,898 (£1,166,449 per annum) for an initial
one-year contract (1st April 2022 – 31st March 2023) with the
option of a one-year extension.
2) Delegated authority be given to the Director of Public Health to award the tender to the successful bidder following the tender process.
Reasons for the decision:
To allow Public Health to implement the commissioning intentions for Information and Advice services as outlined in this report.
Alternative options considered:
Other options considered include not having any service in place which would be harmful to local residents, given the impact of Covid and policy changes due to impact i.e. furlough ending, evictions re-starting, the need for information and advice services is essential.
A reduced service provision has also been considered however the current service is performing 100% over target and the demand for the service is extremely high therefore any reduction in capacity would be detrimental to the ability of a service provider being able to deliver against the contract.
It is necessary to recommission the service highlighted in order to comply with Public Contract Regulations and Wirral Council Contract Procedure rules.
Report author: Nicola Jones
Publication date: 09/09/2021
Date of decision: 08/09/2021
Decided at meeting: 08/09/2021 - Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee
Effective from: 15/09/2021