Decision details

Commissioning Strategy 2020

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Councillor Andrew Jarvis, Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder, introduced the report which explained that commissioning was the whole cycle of how the Council’s services, programmes, projects and partnerships were planned, designed, developed, delivered, managed, evaluated and terminated.  The Commissioning Strategy set out the Council’s commitment to improving outcomes for local people through effective, integrated commissioning.  It would ensure a co-ordinated approach within the organisation which would respond to the will and ambition set out in the Council Plan.  It was complementary to the Council’s existing Sustainable Procurement and Commissioning Strategy and would take precedence in so far as it referred to commissioning.  Councillor Jarvis pointed out, however, that the Procurement Strategy was also being updated to ensure that it reflected the key elements of commissioning within it, including aspects of Social Value.  The Commissioning Strategy set the framework for how the Council used the total resources available to it in order to improve outcomes for South Lakeland residents in the most efficient, effective, equitable and sustainable way.  It would ensure that robust performance management arrangements were in place, enabling the Council to monitor expectations of outcomes from commissioning and allowing it to monitor the environmental and social value relative to resources invested to evaluate impact, identify ways to improve performance and enhance the performance of existing activities.


The Strategy, which had been prepared to be in compliance with existing legislation, formed part of the Council’s Budget and Policy Framework.  It had been considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Councillor Jarvis informed Council of the comments raised at that meeting.  In addition, at its meeting on 22 July 2020, Cabinet had recommended the Strategy to Council for approval.


Councillor Jarvis added that, in order to align with the new Commissioning Strategy, it was proposed that, in approving the document, the Council’s Monitoring Officer be requested to make a number of resulting amendments to the Council’s Constitution, as outlined in Appendix 2 to the report.


Councillor Jarvis, thanked officers for their work and read out and moved the recommendations contained within the report.  He was seconded by Councillor Dyan Jones, Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder.


The Chairman asked the meeting if the motion was agreed.  There being no dissent, it was




(1)        the Commissioning Strategy 2020, as detailed in Appendix 1 to the report, be approved; and


(2)        the Council’s Monitoring Officer be authorised to make the required amendments to the Council’s Constitution, as outlined in Appendix 2 to the report.

Publication date: 25/08/2020

Date of decision: 28/07/2020

Decided at meeting: 28/07/2020 - Council

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