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Decision details

Regional Adoption Agency

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Authorisation to enter into joint agreement with other local authorities for a Regional Adoption Agency to discharge our statutory duties in respect of adoption (in line with DfE requirements to establish Regional Adoption Agencies across England).


RESOLVED that recommendations relating to transfer of components of

Merton’s adoption work to a Regional Adoption Agency; transfer of budget and TUPE of posts to new regional body be supported as follows:


1.    That the London Borough of Merton enter into regional adoption agency arrangements as part of Adopt London South.

2.    That staff and finances (provisional 5.29 FTE and £298,791 of which £256,564 is staffing related) are transferred to the London Borough of Southwark who will be hosting Adopt London South on behalf of ten South London boroughs, noting that Merton will be the spoke authority for the South West authorities. The figures are provisional pending the outcome of an independent audit of all local authorities’ proposed budgetary transfers.

3.    That Merton’s DCS is granted delegated authority to make more detailed decisions around the implementation of this proposal including signing off the inter-authority agreement between Merton and Southwark.

Report author: Paul Angeli

Publication date: 14/11/2018

Date of decision: 12/11/2018

Decided at meeting: 12/11/2018 - Cabinet

Effective from: 20/11/2018

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