Decision details

Extension of the Learning Disability Day Opportunities Contracts in Peterborough* - JUN22/CAB/04

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The purpose of this report is to gain Cabinet approval to extend the Contracts for the Provision of Day Opportunities until 31st March 2024 for the following Providers: 

·                     Thera East Anglia 

·                     Sense, the National Deafblind and Rubella Association 

·                     Helping Hands Group 


thus ensuring the continuation of the Peterborough Learning Disabilities Day Opportunities contracts. 



  It is recommended that Cabinet: 


1.    Approve the Agreements for the Provision of Day Opportunities to be extended until 31 March 2024 for the following Providers: 

·         Thera East Anglia 

·         Helping Hands Group 

·         Sense, the National Deafblind and Rubella Association 


The total value of the extension period is £5,199,512.  


Reasons for the decision:

The reason for the recommendation is to ensure there is sufficient time to review and develop day opportunities in a timeframe aligned to the  transformation work. This will also allow for a compliant procurement process to be conducted in accordance with both local contract rules and UK Legislated Public Contract Rules. 

Alternative options considered:

·         Do Nothing - The contract will lapse and if services continue to be received, they will be on implied terms, which increases the contractual and reputational risk to the Council and puts service users at risk through lack of protection under implied terms. 

·         Contract Termination -Ending the contracts and not completing a compliant procurement process and therefore having nothing in place .  This could mean the Council is  in breach of its duties under the Care Act 2014; to meet people’s assessed needs, promote wellbeing and reduce or delay the need for more intensive support such as respite and residential care.  

·         Tender the Requirement -: To seek to reprocure the requirements at this time would mean that meaningful engagement and co-production could not be undertaken due to the time constraints.  The Council may not be commissioning services that best meet the needs of individuals or explore efficient models of delivery.  Therefore, the reprocurement should be delayed until the completion of the review process to ensure that the future contractual provision is strategically aligned to the desired outcomes. 


Over 80 people use day services across Peterborough and not providing services would leave people with unmet assessed needs under the Care Act 2014. 


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Publication date: 20/06/2022

Date of decision: 20/06/2022

Decided at meeting: 20/06/2022 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/06/2022

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