Decision Maker: Leader of the Council
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Award report for Jack Tizard Home to School transport.
Reasons for urgency:
Home to School transport is an essential front-line service used by children and young people in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF).
The Local Authority’s responsibilities are set out in the Education Act 1996, as amended in section 77 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.
Following initial advice, it was anticipated that a contract variation through a Directors Decision Report would be sufficient governance, however subsequent legal advice regarding the viability of options has resulted in the need for a Leaders Urgency Decision Report.
It is recommended that the Leader:
1.1. Approves the direct award of a call off contract to CT Plus for a mini-bus service to Jack Tizard School for a period of 3 years from 28 May 2019 to 27 May 2022 with the option to extend for up to 2 years at an annual value noted in the exempt appendix A.
1.2. Delegates the decision to extend the proposed contract with CT Plus following the initial term of three years to the Director of Children Services in conjunction with the Cabinet Member for Children and Education subject to satisfactory performance reviews.
A direct award of a call-off contract to CT Plus from the Framework will ensure there is no impact on the vulnerable residents attending Jack Tizard School who may react negatively to a change in personnel as they are comforted by regularity and consistency in the service. Any change to such arrangements could cause potential distress to vulnerable service users and significant inconvenience.
This direct award will maintain consistency and bring all contracts in line seamlessly and with continuity in service to Jack Tizard School.
As described in the report.
Urgent item?: Yes
Publication date: 15/05/2019
Date of decision: 14/05/2019
Effective from: 20/05/2019