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Cumbria County Council Independent Fostering Framework

Meeting: 12/11/2020 - Cabinet (Item 65)

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To consider a report from the Executive Director – People (copy enclosed)

 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report from the Executive Director – People which asked members to approve an extension to the Cumbria County Council Foster Care Framework Contract for a further 12 months.

The award of contract for the Cumbria County Council Independent Fostering Framework Agreement was approved by Cabinet on 16 March 2017, for a period of two years with provision to extend for a further 2 periods of 12 months.

The Council had previously exercised its option to extend the Framework Agreement for the two periods of 12 months.  No further extension options are available within the terms and conditions of the Framework Agreement, which was due to end on 30 April 2021.

Despite a comprehensive period of planning, the Covid-19 crisis had made it impossible to continue with many actions required to commission a new framework agreement in time for 1 May 2021.

Cabinet was therefore being asked to agree a contract modification in order to extend the term of the Cumbria County Council Independent Fostering Framework Agreement for all qualifying providers for a further period of 12 months from 1 May 2021 – 30 April 2022.

Cabinet Members were in support of the proposed modification.

RESOLVED   that Cabinet approve the implementation of a contract modification in order to extend the term of the Cumbria County Council Independent Fostering Framework Agreement for all qualifying providers for a further period of 12 months from 01 May 2021 – 30 April 2022.