Decision details

Engagement of services to enable cash payment for the Council Tax Energy Rebate– contract award to Post Office Ltd.

Decision Maker: Executive Director for Place & Economic Growth - Emma Barton

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

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.

Decision:

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

Reasons for the decision:

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 by cash
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.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1

Publication date: 05/05/2022

Date of decision: 28/04/2022

Effective from: 13/05/2022

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