A report from the Chief Executive is attached. This seeks approval to the contract for the provision of agency workers. (Report No.93, agenda part two also refers) (Key decision – reference number 3966)
(9.00 – 9.05pm)
Councillor Andrew Stafford (Cabinet Member for Finance) introduced the report of the Chief Executive (No.86) seeking approval to the contract for the provision of agency workers.
1. That Report No.93 also referred as detailed in Minute No.25 below.
2. That the existing contract was due to expire on 31 January 2015, as set out in the report.
3. It was anticipated that the use for agency workers would diminish over the next four years as the Council’s workforce was downsized, as set out in the report. There would be some cases where the use of agency workers was unavoidable, as detailed in section 3.5 of the report.
4. The Council’s intention to create an internal temporary bank of staff that could be used to cover short-term temporary positions to complement the agency workforce. This proposal was supported by the Unions.
Alternative Options Considered: Section 4 of the report referred. An alternative option was to undertake a full procurement process in accordance with EU procurement rules. This was likely to yield a similar result to that achievable via the ESPO MSTAR framework agreement but would involve significant officer time to go through the procurement exercise.
DECISION: The Cabinet agreed that the Council access the ESPO MSTAR framework through an access agreement with ESPO and directly contract with the Provider named in Report No.93 (Minute No.25 below refers) via call-off for a period of three years (plus the option of up to a further twelve month period for the commencement date) until 31 January 2019.
Reason: The core specification meets the needs of the Council, it was recommended that a direct call off with the provider detailed in Report No.93 be undertaken based on their pricing, which was permitted in accordance with the framework (section 5 of the report referred).
(Key decision – reference number 3966)