Decision details

City-wide Young Carers service - Permission to Procure

Reference: D49982

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Permission is sought to undertake a competitive tender exercise to procure a city-wide young carers service. The contract will commence on 2nd December 2019 for a period of 4 years with the option to extend by up to 24 months and will have an annual contract value of up to £305,725.



The Director of Children and Families agreed to:


a)  Approve the procurement of a city-wide young carer support service via competitive tender. The contract will be for four years; commencing on 1st April 2020, expiring on 31st March 2024. There will be one option to extend of 24 months. The maximum contract value will be £305,725k p.a. (£161,473 Children & Families, £104,252 Adults & Health, £40,000 Leeds CCG).


b)  Waive contract procedure rule 15.2 and to approve the tender split of 70% quality and 30% price.


c)  Award a contract to the highest scoring bidder.


Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Portfolio Holder: The Executive Member for Children & Families

Other reasons / organisations consulted

A consultation process is underway as part of the development of a new Leeds Young Carers Strategy, which will inform this procurement:

  • Stakeholder consultation event in September 2018, wider public consultation November – December 2018.
  • Ongoing consultation with Children & Family Services Commissioning Board, Children & Families Leadership team and Executive Member for Children & Families.

Planned consultation with Executive Board


A wide range of stakeholders have been and will continue to be engaged with the development of the strategy and subsequent tender exercise. This includes representatives from:

-  Young Carers and families

-  Children & Family Services

-  Adults & Health

-  NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group

-  Third sector providers

-  Schools/clusters


Contact: Catherine Henderson 0113 37 85430.

Publication date: 13/08/2019

Date of decision: 21/08/2019

Effective from: 30/08/2019

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