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Provision of Accommodation for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval for a direct award of a contract for 2 years with The Provider to provide essential accommodation for 30 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and young adults



Having considered the confidential appendix, it was




(1)          the award of a two year contract to The Provider for provision of placement accommodation for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) who are in the Council’s care be approved;


(2)          following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Children, Schools and Young People, a waiver of Contract Procedure Rules (CPR) for two years exempting this service from a competitive tender process until April 2018 be approved; 


(3)          the Plan for officers to complete a competitive procurement process during the period 2016-2018 prior to the end of the extended contract be approved.


Reason for Decision:  The Provider provided an essential accommodation provision for UASC, which the Council had a statutory duty to provide.  To comply with CPR, a waiver to award a contract for 2 years to allow for time to complete a procurement process and secure placement stability for vulnerable young people was agreed. 


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.


Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

Report author: Chris Spencer

Publication date: 19/02/2016

Date of decision: 18/02/2016

Decided at meeting: 18/02/2016 - Cabinet

Effective from: 27/02/2016

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