Decision details

Dynamic Purchasing System - Children and Young People

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Cllr Richard Boyles, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, sought to agree future arrangements for the commissioning of day and residential placements at Independent and Non-maintained Special Schools and Independent Specialist Colleges for Children and Young People with Additional Needs.


Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and,




1.    Authorise the Director of Education to execute a Partnership Agreement with West Sussex County Council (WSCC) under which Gloucestershire County Council shall be entitled to join WSCC’s Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Children's Placements and Other Support Services (CPOSS) for the purpose of commissioning day and residential education placements for children and young people (0-25) with additional needs.  The proposed Partnership Agreement shall continue for an initial period of 3 years commencing 1st April 2019 and include an option to extend such term by a further period of not more than 4 years (expiring no later than 31st March 2026);


2.    Authorise the Head of Services for Children with Additional Needs:


(a)    To utilise the West Sussex County Council CPOSS DPS in order to commission and award contracts thereunder for the delivery of day and residential education placements for Children and Young People (0-25) with additional needs as offering the Council best value for money for delivery of the services in accordance with the DPS requirements the period described in paragraph 1.


(b)    To report back to Cabinet at the end of each 12 month period throughout the period described in Paragraph 1 above in order to provide details of the aggregate value of contracts awarded using theWest Sussex County Council CPOSS DPS in that period and cumulatively together with authority to enter into higher value individual contracts over £500K to be awarded within the subsequent 12 month period. 


Publication date: 13/03/2019

Date of decision: 13/03/2019

Decided at meeting: 13/03/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 21/03/2019

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