Issue details

Award of contract - Accommodation services for young people aged 16+

The County Council commissions a range of different accommodation options as part of preparing Young People aged 16 years and over who are looked after for living independently. Accommodation is also provided for other eligible 16+ Young People, such as unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. These accommodation services are currently accessed via a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), a mechanism that enables the Council to match a Young Person’s needs with a suitable accommodation provider. The current DPS for 16+ services will expire on 31st March 2022.


In March 2021 the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People approved  the commencement of a procurement process to establish a new  Open Framework (under the Public Contract Regulations 2015 “light touch” regime)  to replace the DPS as the mechanism for sourcing these services; Decision CYP03(20/21) refers.


A competitive procurement exercise has been undertaken in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulation 2015 under the Light Touch Regime. The Council is now in a position to award the places onto the Framework to successful providers.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 24/05/2021

Decision due: August 2021 by Executive Director Children, Young People and Learning

Lead member: Lucy Butler, Executive Director Children, Young People and Learning

Lead director: Lucy Butler

Contact: Shelly Dichello, Children's Contracts and Commissioning Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 24131.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Executive Director of Children, Young People and Learning via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553


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