Issue details

Housing Related Support Award of Contract (Lot 1)

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 has awarded the contract(s) to the successful bidders in January 2021 for Lots 2 -6 (Report ref: OKD58 20/21). All contracts will 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.


The contract award for Lot 1: Adur & Worthing was delayed allowing Adur & Worthing Councils time to complete necessary internal governance processes. These processes are now complete and so this report is regarding the award of contract for Lot 1. 


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

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

Decision due: 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

West Sussex County Council (WSCC)  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.


WSCC Finance and Legal Services teams have also been consulted in the drafting of this agreement.


Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made via the officer contact, in the month in which the decision is due to be taken.


Democratic Services Contact: Erica Keegan Tel: 033 022 26050

Background3: Independence in Later Life


Background papers

  • Collaboration Agreement 2020 (Available upon request)