Decision details

Lyons Gardens Extension to 31 October 2023* - JUN22/CAB/05

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The purpose of this report is to seek Cabinet approval to extend the Lyons Gardens contract by 18 months from 1 May 2022 to 31 October 2023 and to enter into a collaboration agreement with the CCG, to ensure the continuation of health crisis respitefunding for people with Learning Disabilities (LD) in Peterborough, whilst a wider respite review is undertaken. 


Cabinet considered the report and RESOLVED to:


1.    Approve the contract extension with Hereward Care Services Ltd in relation to Lyons Gardens from 1 May 2022 to 31 October 2023 to align with the ongoing work around the respite review. The annual contract value is £787,125.60 per annum which equates to £1,180,688.40 over the life of the extension.  


2.    Approve Peterborough City Council entering into a collaboration agreement with the CCG in relation to their acceptance to fund 50% of the contract costs, for the period 1 May 2022 to 31 October 2023.   


Reasons for the decision:

To extend the Lyons Gardens contract to 31 October 2023 to align to the wider respite review work and ensure sufficient time is available to undertake this and make recommendations and develop future services thereby ensuring we meet our statutory duties during this time 

Alternative options considered:

·         Not extending the contract: will leave PCC at risk of not having a contract in place to govern the provision and roles and responsibilities of both the provider and PCC.  

·         To end the current contract and stop providing the provision at Lyons Gardens.  However, this would leave a gap in supply which would not meet known demand. The majority of LD respite provision in Peterborough is delivered at Lyons Gardens and there are a number people who rely on this for planned and unplanned respite. There is no alternative provision in Peterborough. 

·         It would leave a gap in provision and impact on service users and the wider health system, as there is no alternative respite care model within the City.  

·         Ending the provision would mean PCC is not meeting its statutory obligations under the Care Act to meet people’s assessed need and also the needs of carer for whom respite allows them a break from their caring duties. The increased risk of carer breakdown would result in additional funding requirements for both in and out of county placements and greater likelihood of hospitalisations, delayed discharge and homelessness and well as greater demand on support services for carers.  

·         Timescales to reprocure the contract now are too short to undertake a compliant tender and would likely be a replica of the current contract without strategic review of demand and need.  


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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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