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Decision details

Permission to tender Youth Services

Decision Maker: Mayor and Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Councillor Bell vacated the room during consideration of this item.


From the options available, Councillor Barnham said while he believed the

Council should be the preferred provider that was not achievable at this time

and he wished to recommend a course of action which would give the best

outcomes for young people.


Having considered a confidential officer report, and a presentation by the

Cabinet Member for School Performance and Children’s Services, Councillor

Chris Barnham, the Mayor and Cabinet for the reasons set out in the report and by a vote of 8-0:




(1) the importance of maintaining and where possible strengthening a youth

services offer which is outcomes focused, demonstrating positive impact for

Lewisham young people be confirmed;


(2) while providing a core universal and high quality open door offer of places

to go and things to do, this should be an enhanced offer providing a

responsive and creative use of space across the borough improving young

people’s access; and be able to respond and intervene to the needs of young

people, including the ability to case hold, outreach and mentoring;


(3) a tender be made for Youth Services for young people in Lewisham; and


(4) the contract be tendered for a duration of 4 years from 1st April 2020, with

an option to extend for 2 years, at a stated the annual maximum value and

stated maximum total value excluding extension, and maximum stated total

value including extension.

Publication date: 19/09/2019

Date of decision: 18/09/2019

Decided at meeting: 18/09/2019 - Mayor and Cabinet

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