Decision details

Commissioning Strategy 2020

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes




The 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.  The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder 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 allow 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 and, as such, Cabinet was being asked to approve it for consultation prior to consideration by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, returning to Cabinet and on to Council in July 2020.


The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder added that, in order to align with the new Commissioning Strategy, it would be proposed, in approving the document, that the Council’s Monitoring Officer make a number of resulting amendments to the Council’s Constitution, as outlined in Appendix 2 to the report.


The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder, in closing, thanked the officers involved for their work.


In response to a query, the Director of Strategy, Innovation and Resources provided clarification that the Strategy did not usurp in any way the decision-making process around planning applications.  The Strategy related to how services were provided.  The Local Plan and Local Development Framework were separate documents.


A vote was taken on the proposals during which all Cabinet Members confirmed that they had, without interruption, heard the full presentation and discussion on the item.





RESOLVED – That the Commissioning Strategy 2020 be approved for consultation as part of the Council’s Budget and Policy Framework as outlined in paragraph 4.4 of the report.


Reasons for Decision


The decision links to the Council Plan, seeking continuous improvement in what we do, ensuring that our actions address the needs of South Lakeland.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected


The Council’s Commissioning Strategy is a critical element of its transformation and supports the delivery of the Council Plan priorities and outcomes.

Publication date: 26/06/2020

Date of decision: 24/06/2020

Decided at meeting: 24/06/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 06/07/2020

Current call-in Count: 0

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