Decision details

Southend-on-Sea Commissioning Framework

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Item Called In

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet considered a report of the Strategic Director (Transformation) which sought approval to devise and implement a commissioning framework that supports the Council’s ability to become an Outcome Based Commissioning Organisation.




1. That the definition of commissioning for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council be as follows:


the process by which we understand the collective approach needed in order to deliver the Southend 2050 outcomes; and what we need to do with others to make them happen.  In practice, this is not in-sourcing or out-sourcing but clearly ‘right-sourcing’.”


2. That the overarching principles of the Southend-on-Sea Commissioning Framework, be approved.


3. That, as part of a transitional period to an outcome based investment model, the Thematic Annual Procurement Plan 2019/20, be approved.


4. That the Market Position Statement for publication as set out in paragraph 5.7 and Appendix 4 to the report, be approved.




5. That the Constitution be amended as set out in paragraph 5.6 and Appendix 3 of the submitted report.


Reasons for decision:


As set out in the submitted report.


Other options:


The alternative option is to carry on deploying a range of approaches for the commissioning, procurement and contracting activity.  This would not best support the delivery of the Southend 2050 ambition and outcomes.


Note: This is an Executive Function save that recommendation in 5 above is a Council Function.

Eligible for call-in to: Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Cllr Lamb

Report author: Joanna Ruffle

Publication date: 15/03/2019

Date of decision: 12/03/2019

Decided at meeting: 12/03/2019 - Cabinet

Issue status: The decision is currently being reconsidered

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