Issue details

Day services for younger people living with dementia - contract extension

Brief Description

To take up the option to extend the contract with Community Links to provide day services for younger people living with dementia, for a period of up to three years.

The current contract with Community Links commenced on 1st January 2018, and is due to end at 30th September 2022.  The decision to be made concerns whether to take up the option to extend the contract by up to three years.

The original authority to procure dates from March 2017, and the decision was for a five year contract with options to extend by up to three years: 

The contract award to Community Links, along with minor adjustments to the contract period to facilitate a move of premises and co-working with the Alzheimers Society as the previous provider, was agreed in August 2017.

Impact On Wards

The ‘community of interest’ served is younger people living with dementia in Leeds.  The definition of “younger” is needs-led but broadly refers to people aged under 65.  There are c. 180 people living in Leeds, aged under 65 with a dementia diagnosis. 

Financial and procurement implications

A decision to extend the current contract would lead to the service provision continuing, without going out to competition, for a period of up to three years. 

The funding for this service is shared between the Council (£180Kpa) and NHS Leeds CCG (£112.5Kpa).  It is committed recurrently from both organisations based on a long-standing recognition of the specific needs of this group of people, families & carers. 

Partnership working

Community Links is seeking an uplift in contract value, reflecting that the funding has remained the same over the contract period.  This will be explored in preparing the decision report, including exploring an increase in the NHS contribution.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Decision status:

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 24/06/2022

Decision due: July 2022 by Director of Adults and Health

Lead director: Director of Adults and Health

Department: Adult and Health

Contact: Tim Sanders, Integrated C & T Manager Dementia (0113) 378 3853 Email:

Consultation process

There has been in-depth consultation with people and families who use the service during 2021-22, establishing the positive view and value of the service.  This will serve for the purposes of this decision, as it is clear they wish the service to continue. 

Dialogue with Community Links has established the willingness to enter into a contract extension, and the impact of cost inflation on the service.  This is ongoing.


Community Links re. service delivery & funding level – impact of uplift v. ‘flat’ funding. 


NHS Leeds CCG regarding availability of funding for uplift from April 2023.