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Decision details

Community Opportunities Framework for People with a Learning Disability

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Creating a Community Opportunities Framework is one of the solutions in our approach to modernising Learning Disability Day Opportunities services following an independent consultation (Big Conversation) as part of the Recovery and Reset Programme.

People with a learning disability including parents and carers made it clear that whilst Merton’s day services are very good quality and well regarded, many expressed a lot of interest for more choice of community based activities.




A. That Cabinet approved commissioning of a Community Opportunities Framework for provision of community-based activities in Merton for people with a Learning Disability and/or Autism; Mental Health needs; Physical Disabilities; and People whose behaviours may challenge for an initial term of 5 years with an option to extend for a further period of up to two years at the Council’s sole discretion.

B. That Cabinet noted that the procurement route is a framework with an indicative initial annual value of £800,000 per annum and a total framework value over the potential full term of 7 years estimated at £ 5,956,758 including inflationary uplift; the tender opportunity will be advertised on Find a Tender, Contracts Finder, and the Council’s e-tendering system (London Tenders Portal). The process will widen competition and ensure the Council gets best value for money for this service.

C. That Cabinet delegated authority to the Executive Director for Adult Social Care, Integrated Care and Public Health, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health, the award of contracts to the successful bidders at the conclusion of the tender process and on occasions when the framework is reopened to admit more providers on specific lots or varied to include additional Lots as may be required to continue meeting residents’ needs.

Report author: Godfrey Luggya

Publication date: 21/06/2023

Date of decision: 19/06/2023

Decided at meeting: 19/06/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 27/06/2023

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