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Decision details

Procurement of Supported Accommodation for Adults at Risk of Offending

Decision Maker: Director of Commissioning, Inclusion and Learning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

The report seeks permission to tender a support service for people who have an offending history and risky behaviours.

 

The service will provide around 110 units of supported accommodation with a short period of move on support into independent tenancies.  Support would be provided for individual service users for 6 to 12 months, depending on need.  During this time they will be provided with a holistic support package to support their recovery and develop the skills and resilience to move on to a sustainable lifestyle in permanent accommodation.

 

The service will ensure that the needs of women are catered for, and couples where one or both meet its eligibility criteria.

 

The annual expenditure on this contract will be up to £445,000 per year initially.  This anticipates a reduction of around £35,000 from the current contract price.

 

In addition, there will be a 1% annual reduction built into the contract from May 2020.  This service will be commissioned as detailed in the report and in line with the delegations agreed by Cabinet in the Delegated Decisions for Housing Related Support Commissioning Strategy and Budget Plan 2016 – 2020.

Decision:

That the Director, Commissioning, Inclusion and Learning, as delegated through the 17th February 2016 Cabinet decision ‘Delegated Decisions for Housing Related Support Commissioning Strategy and Budget Plan 2016 to 2020’:

 

(a)  Awards the contract for the provision of accommodation and support services for adults at the risk of offending to Target Housing.

 

The contract period is for 5 years with a break clause after 3 years for flexibility.  Beginning on 1st May 2019, the contract will provide 116 units of supported accommodation at a cost of £1,886,846.00 over 5 years.

 

Reasons for the decision:

There is a continued need for supported accommodation in the city to meet strategic and legal responsibilities for the client group described.  Demand for the service outstrips supply.

 

A gap in service would have a detrimental impact on homelessness amongst offenders and adults with multiple needs.

 

The service will provide people with support needs and stable accommodation while they develop the skills to live independently and move on to their own tenancy.  The support will address underlying issues and reduce homelessness, including rough sleeping.

Alternative options considered:

The tender was advertised on YORtender, a tendering and contracts system used by Sheffield City Council.  A panel of commissioners evaluated the submissions based on quality and price.  The contract has been awarded to the bid achieving the highest score.

Publication date: 11/03/2019

Date of decision: 07/03/2019