Decision details

Adult Care and Health Commissioning Activity 2021/22 (Quarter 4)

Decision Maker: Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To update Committee on Commissioning Activity in Adult Care and Health (inc. Shared Lives update, WIRED, and AccessAble).


Resolved – That


(1)  The Director of Care and Health be authorised to proceed with the renewal of contracts for AccessAble and Payroll and Managed Accounts Service.

(2)  A further report be received following the completion of the Direct Payments review in March 2022.

Reasons for the decision:

These are current services that require an extension, as a direct award and financial approval is required.


AccessAble – to continue to provide access guides to those that live in Wirral and for those that wish to visit Wirral from outside the borough.


An extension of the contract with WIRED for the Payroll and Managed Accounts Service will provide continuity of the service to people who are already registered with Wired to receive this essential support, until the outcome of the Direct Payments Review with a planned report to Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee in March 2022.

Alternative options considered:

AccessAble - Officers will actively procure services to ensure these are the most economically advantageous, where possible. AccessAble offer a unique service and remain the only provider of independently surveyed access information. They are therefore a single source provider and have exclusive rights to the access guides, therefore there were no other options to explore, and a full tender was not required in line with procurement rules.


Payroll and Managed Accounts Service - commissioners have explored the possibility of joining a Payroll and Managed Accounts Framework through the LCR but there isn’t one currently in place.


The review of the Direct Payments service will take account of the requirement for a Payroll and Managed Accounts service provision for the future. The review will also consider the provision of a Personal Assistant Register and Direct Payment support.

Report author: Graham Hodkinson

Publication date: 23/11/2021

Date of decision: 16/11/2021

Decided at meeting: 16/11/2021 - Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee

Effective from: 27/11/2021

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