Agenda item

Investing in our Borough

Cabinet Member: Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources, Councillor Simon Hall

Officer: Executive Director Resources, Jacqueline Harris Baker

Key decision: no

Decision:

The Leader of the Council delegated authority to the Cabinet to make the following decisions:

 

RESOLVED: To approve the award of contract variation for Managed Service for Temporary Agency Resources contract in accordance with the recommendations set out in the report at agenda item 10a, as set out in section 4.1.1 of the report.

 

RESOLVED: To note

 

1.    The contracts between £500,000 and £5,000,000 anticipated to be awarded by the nominated Cabinet Member, in consultation with the nominated Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources or, where the nominated Cabinet Member is the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, in consultation with the Leader, as set out in section 4.2.1 of the report.

 

2.    The list of delegated award decisions made by the Director of Commissioning and Procurement, between 18/08/2020 – 24/09/2020, as set out in section 4.2.2 of the report.

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources informed Cabinet that pre-procurement for the Temporary Agency Staff contract had been due to start, however the pandemic had delayed this. By extending the contract, officers would have the opportunity to properly re-procure this contract and get best value for money. It was noted that this course of action was not the decision the Cabinet Member presented to Cabinet, however it was recognised that it was essential that the council had access to temporary agency staff. The Cabinet Member further drew Members attention to paragraph 3.4 of the report which stated that the trajectory for the usage of agency staffing was going down.

 

In response to Member questions, the Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources stated that agency staff were often specialists and were temporary, however there were numerous reasons for the use of temporary staff. It was stated by the Cabinet Member that it was important that the council continued on the trajectory of utilising temporary staff less to support the development of a stable workforce.

 

Concerns were raised that the end dates of contracts had been missed when work to re-procure contracts should have started long before the covid impacted work. In response, the Cabinet Member recognised that there had been challenges and stated that work was under way to fix these to ensure contracts were properly procured to get best value for money.

 

In response to Member questions in relation to investing in Purley pool, the Cabinet Member stated that it was important that the council balanced all of its resources. Statutory services must be delivered and then all other services would be reviewed. It was necessary for tough decisions to be made to ensure there was a sustainable plan going forward.

 

The Statutory Deputy Leader of the Council delegated authority to the Cabinet to make the following decisions:

 

RESOLVED: To approve the award of contract variation for Managed Service for Temporary Agency Resources contract in accordance with the recommendations set out in the report at agenda item 10a, as set out in section 4.1.1 of the report.

 

RESOLVED: To note

 

1.    The contracts between £500,000 and £5,000,000 anticipated to be awarded by the nominated Cabinet Member, in consultation with the nominated Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources or, where the nominated Cabinet Member is the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, in consultation with the Leader, as set out in section 4.2.1 of the report.

 

2.    The list of delegated award decisions made by the Director of Commissioning and Procurement, between 18/08/2020 – 24/09/2020, as set out in section 4.2.2 of the report.

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