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Officer Decisions

Head of Adult Commissioning and Public Health - Solveig Sansom

Summary of Matter or Issue Requiring Decision:

Contract for CP929-13 Devon County Councils
Contribution into Homelessness Prevention and Support Contract
18+

Decision Taken:

The contract extension will commence on 01/07/2021, for the period
of 9 Months.

Organisations:
Alabare Christian Care and Support
BCHA
Exeter YMCA Housing Association
Sanctuary Housing Association T/A Sanctuary Supported Living
Westward Housing Association

Summary of Reason(s) for Decision Taken:

Plans to devolve the 18+ homelessness contribution were
significantly disrupted and paused in 2020 and into 2021 while
Officers across Devon County Council and the Districts/City Councils
responded to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The decision to extend has been taken to provide market stability and
continuity of service delivery while Devon County Council and
Devon’s Districts and City Council continue to work together to
progress the devolvement of the 18+ homelessness prevention
contribution.

Summary of Alternatives or Options considered and rejected:

There is currently a lot of pressure upon homelessness services, in
part due to the impact of Covid-19 and national measures to ensure
the homeless population remains safe, but Devon also has high
levels of homelessness and rough sleepers nationally, particularly in
Exeter and North Devon The option of ceasing our contribution, or
devolving it without proper implementation and mobilisations
timescales is likely to put homeless people at greater risk

Details of any conflict of interest and dispensation granted to the Officer taking the decision or by any Member of the Council in delegating responsibility for any specific express delegation:

None to declare.

Contact for enquiries/further information:
Name: Louise Rayment Position: Commissioning Development Officer Email: louise.rayment@devon.gov.uk Tel: 01392 383000 (ask for by name)
Decision Date:
25 May 2021

A copy of this decision and any supporting documentation considered by the Officer taking this decision may also be made available or inspection by the public at the Council’s Offices or posted upon payment of any copying and postage charges. Any member of the public wishing to take up either of these options is asked to please ring 01392 382888 or email: members.services@devon.gov.uk


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