Decision details

Compass Point Business Services Options

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To agree key actions to enable the extension of the current arrangements with Compass Point Business Services (“CPBS”)

Decision:

That:

 

1)    the Joint Venture Shareholder Agreement between the Council, CPBS and East Lindsey District Council (“ELDC”) and associated contractual documents be terminated, and amended contracts entered into in accordance with the Heads of Terms set out in Appendix B to this report;

2)    the initial Transformation Plan submitted by CPBS and attached at Appendix A to this report form the basis for individual business cases in accordance with the principles set out in this report and the decision of the Council on 27 February 2019;

 

3)    funding be allocated in due course to CPBS transformation plans in accordance with the decision made by Council at its meeting on 27 February 2019;

 

4)    authority to approve or reject individual business cases for each element of the Transformation Plan be delegated to the Director of Strategy and Governance, in consultation with the Deputy Leader of the Council and the Deputy Leader of the Cabinet; and

 

5)    delegated authority be granted to the Director of Strategy and Governance, in consultation with the Deputy Leader of the Council and the Deputy Leader of the Cabinet, to determine (i) the date that the existing Joint Venture Shareholder Agreement and associated contract documents are terminated and the new contract documents entered into; and (ii) the final terms and conditions of the revised Joint Venture Shareholder Agreement and associated contract documents having regard to the Heads of Terms at Appendix B to the report.

Reasons for the decision:

1)    To agree arrangements for the continued delivery of Council services by CPBS beyond the timeframe of the current agreements which expire in 2020.

 

2)    To enable forward planning by the Council, remove uncertainty which might otherwise affect CPBS’s ability to recruit and retain staff, improve co-ordination and governance and reduce base costs

 

Alternative options considered:

The Principle of extending the arrangements has already been approved by Council and the Leader. However, the alternative options are also set out in the report:

·         To continue the company arrangement as currently in place.

·         To continue the company arrangement and consider any recommendations to update arrangements and further improve outcomes.

·         To disestablish the company and consider an alternative shared service model of provision.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None.

Reason Key: Incurring expenditure above £72,000 threshold in respect of revenue/£178,000 in respect of capital;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Conflict of Interest: It is the opinion of the officer that there are no conflicts of interest

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: This decision is not subject to urgency proceedings

Contact: Mark Stinson, Executive Manager - Governance Email: mark.stinson@breckland-sholland.gov.uk.

Publication date: 08/03/2019

Date of decision: 08/03/2019

Effective from: 16/03/2019

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