Issue details

Housing Related Support

In December 2018  the decision was made (report ref: AH11 18/19) to reduce expenditure on Housing Related Support to £2.3million by 2020/21. The reduction was to be implemented over the financial year 2019/20, allowing time to remodel services and explore impact mitigation with providers, District & Borough Councils and other partner organisations, ensuring that services are still able to meet the needs of vulnerable people.


In accordance with the Key Decision  taken on 14 August 2020 ( Report ref: OKD26 (20/21)  a procurement exercise is being undertaken to replace the contracts for 3 Housing Related Support Services which expire on 31st March 2021 and contribute to the fulfilment of West Sussex County Council objectives for Best start in life, a Strong, Safe And Sustainable Place and Independence for Later Life.


The Executive Director Adults and Health will be asked to award the contract(s) to the successful bidder in January 2021 to commence on 1 April 2021. The contract (s) will have an initial term of 2 years with the option to extend for up to a further 2 years.


Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 23/12/2020

Decision due: 26 February 2021 by Executive Director Adults and Health

Lead member: Keith Hinkley, Executive Director Adults and Health

Contact: Sarah L Leppard, Senior Contracts Officer, People Services Email: Tel: 0330 022 23774.

Consultation process

The Council has worked with its District and Borough Council partners as part of a task and finish group led by the Chief Executive of Crawley Borough Council and consisting of nominated officers across the partnerships. This task and finish group has worked to design the services in each area and agree the joint funding and contract management of these services. This is documented in a  collaboration agreement drawn up between all parties (see Background Paper).  West Sussex County Council’s Finance and Legal Services teams have also been consulted in the drafting of the collaborative agreement.


Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Executive Director Adults and Health via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.




Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan Tel: 033 022 26050

Background3: A Strong, Safe and Sustainable Place


Background papers