Industrial action - collections update

We apologise for the current disruption to collections due to industrial action by Unite the union. Find out the latest on the dispute and which areas we plan to collect bins from this week

Update on the Procurement of the new Early Years Health and Wellbeing Service

Following the contract award report being approved by Cabinet on 18 April a ‘Request for Call-in’ was considered by the Schools, Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The ability for Scrutiny to call in reports approved by Cabinet is an important part of the Council’s decision making process, helping to maintain consistency and transparency.

A meeting of the Schools, Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee was held on Tuesday 2 May, to decide whether to call-in the report.  The meeting and discussion was broadcasted which can be viewed. 

At the meeting the Scrutiny Committee decided not to ‘Call-In’ the Cabinet decision. As such the recommendation to award the contract to the lead provider assessed as having submitted the best tender in terms of quality, price and social value has been approved.

You may be aware that we have now entered a period of National Purdah due to the forthcoming General Election. During a purdah period council officers must refrain from making announcements which could be viewed as politically contentious.

The announcement of the decisions made by Cabinet in relation to the Early Years contract award have been judged as falling within the purdah restrictions. We will therefore confirm the name of the successful organisation and start consultation on proposed changes to Children’s Centre services after the purdah period ends on 9 June 2017.

June update

We are pleased to announce that the contract for the new Early Years Health and Wellbeing Service has been awarded to Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust’s tender document was developed in partnership with Barnardo’s, Spurgeons Children’s Charity (Spurgeons), St Paul’s Community Development Trust and The Springfield Project who will be key partners in the new model.

Work to mobilise the new contract is now underway with plans being developed to ensure that children and families continue to receive the services they need during the period of transition. Further information will be provided to current providers of Early Years services and their staff shortly.

A second phase of public consultation will open from 19 June until 17 August 2017 to consult the public on the changes proposed at a local level. The consultation will seek views on proposed delivery locations and opening hours and will seek views to inform the final model.

Have your say on the proposed service delivery

Come along to one of our public consultation events to hear more about the proposals and give us your views:

Public consultation events venues and dates

Location

Date

Time

Edgbaston Community Centre 30 June 10:30am - 12:30pm
Erdington Library 10 July 10:30am - 12:30pm
The Unity Hub, Ward End 13 July 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Kings Heath Library 10 August 10:30am - 12:30pm
Birmingham Council House, Chamberlain Room 28 July 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Northfield Library 7 July 10:30am - 12:30pm
Alexander Stadium, Hospitality Suite 18 July 10:30am - 12:30pm
St Francis Youth and Community Centre 17 July 9:30am - 11:30am
Mere Green Library 1 August 10:30am - 12:30pm
Acocks Green Library 9 August 10:30am - 12:30pm

A separate process of consultation for impacted staff will take place and staff will be informed by the outcomes of the public consultation to enable meaningful discussions.

August update

The public consultation has now closed and work has commenced on the analysis of the responses received.  The outcomes of the consultation and recommendations will be presented to Cabinet on 3 October 2017.