Decision details

Extension to the Adult Community Drug Services and Alcohol Misuse Services Contract (Crime Reduction Initiatives) - APR15/CMDN/42

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Environment Capital

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet Member approved expenditure for an extension of the contract the Council has with Crime Reduction Initiatives for the provision of Adult Community Drugs Services until 31 March 2016.



Reasons for the decision:

The contract provides that the Council may extend the term of the contract by a further period of twelve months up to 31 March 2016. The Council will continue to contract with Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI) for the provision of these services for an extended period of twelve months until 31 March 2016 for total extension value of £1,855,732.00. 


The current service significantly improves the outcomes afforded to the service users and their families. One of the performance indicators of this service is crime reduction, specifically how drug treatment cuts crime and helps communities.


Reducing crime is one of the most important benefits of drug treatment. Recent research has shown that the total number of crimes committed by users almost halved following the start of treatment, proving that investment in these service is providing a real benefit to communities.


Alternative options considered:

To extend the contract for a further 12 months and rely on the original CMDN OCT11/CMDN/112 which, although authorises the option to extend the contract by a further twelve months, does not specifically authorise the value of the extension period. This would demonstrate lack of compliance with the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014.


Not to extend the contract and re-procure the service for a single year pending the commencement of the retendered service on 1 April 2016.  This would not represent value for money as the option to extend the existing contract has already been authorised and avoids the need for the additional expense of re-procurement and a potentially higher cost of the service if re-procured for a single year.  In addition any change in service provider could affect continuity of service for service users.


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Publication date: 20/04/2015

Date of decision: 20/04/2015

Effective from: 24/04/2015

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