Agenda item

Procurement and Financial Update (Cen.10.11.2021/4)


The Area Council Manager spoke to the report, previously circulated. The attention of Members was then drawn to the overview of all contracts. Thanks were given to all those who had attended workshops, where a review of all activity under the Clean and Green priority had taken place.


Those present discussed the indicative expenditure associated with the priority, and the recommissioning of a Clean and Green service.  In addition, Service Level Agreements for services to support the reduction in flytipping, and to support those in private sector housing were also considered.  In relation to the latter, it was suggested that the scope of this service be broadened to include all those living in private sector accommodation.


Members went on to consider the extension of Creative Recovery.  Support had been provided through the Area Team in order to develop phase 2 of the project, which would sustain the employment of two posts and be delivered throughout the area.  Finance of £15,000 per year, for two years, was required to match an Arts Council bid for £60,000.


An overview of finance was then provided, and a suggestion was made to discuss a number of areas for investment at the next meeting of the Area Council.



(i)           that the overview of Central Area Council’s current priorities, and overview of all current contracts, contract extensions, Service Level Agreements and Wellbeing Fund Projects, with associated timescales be noted;

(ii)          that changes be made to the Clean and Green Priority, as detailed in the report;

(iii)        that an indicative spend of £230,000 per year for 3 years, plus an additional £15,000 for enforcement if required, be approved for the Clean and Green priority;

(iv)        That the Private Sector Housing SLA be approved to continue for 3 years, subject to annual review, at a cost of £35,000 per year, and that approval be given to make changes to the Private Sector Housing SLA to include all private properties including those with tenancies longer than 6 months;

(v)          That the Flytipping SLA be approved to continue for 3 years, subject to annual review, at a cost of £35,000 per year;

(vi)        That approval be given to procure a Clean and Green Services at a cost of £160,000 per year for 3 years, subject to annual review, as detailed in option 2 within the report, and that the Executive Director Adults and Communities be authorised to agree all necessary documentation in order to procure the services, following consultation with Members of Central Area Council;

(vii)       That approval be given for Creative Recovery to deliver Uplift Phase 2, and that £15,000 per year for 2 years be approved, subject to securing Arts Council England match funding;

(viii)     That approval be given to YMCA to deliver the service to build emotional resilience and wellbeing in children and young people aged 8-14 years for a further year until 31st March, 2023 at a cost of £140,330;

(ix)        That the additional income of £113,272 from the Practical Support Grant be noted;

(x)          That the actual financial position to date for 2021/22 and the projected expenditure, including future proposals, to 2023/24 as outlined in the appendices to the report, be noted.

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