Issue - decisions
Supporting People with Learning Difficulties - Contract Negotiations
The Interim Director of Corporate Services reported that the Supporting People (SP) Programme aimed to enable vulnerable people to live independently through the provision of front-line housing-related support services and to prevent individuals experiencing crises and requiring more costly interventions through Wirral Health Authority, Department of Adult Social Services (DASS), Children and Young People Department or the Criminal Justice System.
Whilst the majority of Supporting People contracts had been renegotiated or tendered, there remained a number of negotiations still to take place, specifically with regard to those services provided to clients with Learning Disabilities.
This was the second report which sought to inform Members’ of the decision of the Interim Director of Corporate Services to further extend Supporting People Contracts for services for people with Learning Disabilities. The initial report had been submitted to the Cabinet on the 14 April 2011 (Minute No. 394 refers). The reasons for this further extension were set out in paragraphs 4.4 to 4.7 of the report.
The extension to the contracts would allow sufficient time for a joint review by DASS and Corporate Services of service delivery, expenditure and contracting arrangements. Ultimately the aim was to achieve efficiency savings for the Council, whilst continuing to support a number of the Council’s key corporate priorities and also improving outcomes for the most vulnerable Wirral residents.
That the decision of the Interim Director of Corporate Services to extend the Supporting People contracts as set out in Appendix 1 of the report be endorsed.