Decision details

Surrey County Council Response to Covid: Providing Support to Service Providers

Decision Maker: Executive Director Adult Social Care

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Non critical highway works were paused on 30th March, with most recommencing by 15th April. In order to support suppliers and to retain capacity to enable a rapid return to work, we have agreed to meet “stand down” costs (e.g. staff, hire of plant, overhead), and also to pay de-mobilisation and re-mobilistion costs (e.g. shutting down and securing construction sites). These costs are currently estimated at £0.4m.

 

In order to assist suppliers with their cashflow, payment will be made of 70% on account (i.e. earlier than normal, and prior to full verification), with the remainder paid once verification has taken place, working on an open book basis. The initial payment equates to £0.276m.

 

This decision relates to costs incurred up to 9th April, with a possible requirement for a further payment up to 15th April (or whenever individual schemes re-commenced).

 

These suppliers are “tier 2”, i.e. they are contracted to Kier, not to SCC. Payment is only proposed where specific task orders have been issued by SCC, and those works have been affected by the pause.

 

These are additional costs to SCC, and therefore require approval.

 

Decision:

Decision made:

 

The C19 support offer previously communicated to ASC providers would be amended as set out in Summary section above.

 

Reasons for Decision:

 

To sustain Surrey’s ASC market during the C19 crisis, taking into account national guidance and action being taken by other local authorities in the region

Reasons for the decision:

To sustain Surrey’s ASC market during the C19 crisis, taking into account national guidance and action being taken by other local authorities in the region.

Alternative options considered:

The alternative is to retain the support offer as previously communicated to ASC providers.

 

Following national guidance and representations made by the Surrey Care Association and a number of individual providers, it was felt that keeping the offer as originally communicated would no longer be suitable to sufficiently support Surrey’s ASC market during the C19 crisis.

 

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

none

Publication date: 15/05/2020

Date of decision: 07/05/2020