Decision details

Contract Extension for Centre 70 Advice Service

Decision Maker: Strategic Director: Resident Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

The Council currently funds the Centre 70 advice service, which provides a tenancy sustainment and advice service to a large number of vulnerable and at-risk households. The main aim of the project is to identify and assist tenants who have multiple debts or are struggling to afford their everyday and priority expenses because of cuts to benefits. Centre 70 has previously been contracted to provide this service which ended on 30 September 2019. This proposed recommendation of a one-year extension will give a total contract value of £312,656.

This report recommends extending the contract with Centre 70 from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020 at a value of £93,650. The contract will enable Centre 70 to continue to provide debt and benefits advice to local residents and will contribute to key Financial Resilience Strategy outcomes around people achieving financial security. The service contract has also been expanded to support households in temporary accommodation and the private rented sector.

Continuity of the current provider is essential due to the specialist nature of the services and the need to continue offering support to welfare reform affected households.

Decision:

1.         To approve the award of a one-year contract extension to Centre 70 from 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020 at a combined cost of £93,650 with the option to extend for a further six months to the 31 March 2021 bringing the total contract cost to £140,475.

a.         To note the spend from 01 October 2019 to 11 August 2020 for an amount of £78,042, and,

b.         To approve the spend from 1 August 2020 to September 2020 at a cost of £15,608

 

Publication date: 04/08/2020

Date of decision: 12/08/2020

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