Decision Maker: Executive Director for Place & Economic Growth - Emma Barton
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To approve the procurement exemption for a
Direct Award contract to Post Office Ltd for the provision of a
cash voucher service to award Council Tax Energy Rebate to
residents who do not pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit. This is
for an initial period of 12 months during which time a wider
procurement exercise will be carried out after a period of 6 months
if there is a need to extend the contract e.g., if the Government
announce a second round of the initiative.
The Direct Award exemption is sought on the basis that there is an immediate need to issue cash payments to residents as quickly as possible given the recent announcement by the Government of the Council Tax Energy Rebate.
RESOLVED - That a Direct Award be given to
Post Office Ltd. This approach will ensure that a cash payment
mechanism can be in place quickly
Option 1 - Do not make a direct award to Post
Office Ltd. This would reduce the ability of the Council to
mobilise a solution quickly for those residents who pay Council Tax
Option 2 - Direct Award to Post Office Ltd. This approach will ensure that a cash payment mechanism can be in place quickly (current on- boarding timescales for the Post Office are 3 weeks following award of the contract) This will enable the Council to utilise this service and commence the issue of payments at the earliest available opportunity.
Publication date: 05/05/2022
Date of decision: 28/04/2022
Effective from: 13/05/2022