Decision details

Autism Project: procurement of specialist provision

Decision Maker: Integrated Commissioning Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


ICB to make a decision on a contract award


Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Social Care and Aging Well / Assistant Director – Commissioning seeking approval of a direct award for the placement of an adult with complex autistic needs.


Alternatives considered

To extend the current arrangement could result in the risk of legal challenge.



1.    That the formal closure of the former Dingle Farm project be approved and the original indicative award of this contract be withdrawn.

2.    That the direct award of the contract for Person A’s residential and care needs to the current provider through the GM Flexible Purchasing System for LD through the development of new provision in Heywood be approved.


Reason for resolution

There is a risk that the current provider could cease the placement, which would result in escalation of needs and a highly expensive out-of-area placement.

Report author: Mike O'Keeffe

Publication date: 22/03/2021

Date of decision: 23/02/2021

Decided at meeting: 23/02/2021 - Integrated Commissioning Board

Effective from: 04/03/2021

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