Decision details


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


1)  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

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