Decision details

Refuge Provision Award

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Communities and Housing

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


A new refuge, provided by One Vision Housing and offering 5 x 1 and 2 bedroom self contained units,  is due for completion in June 2023. The refuge will provide safe, supported accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic abuse.


This report seeks approval from the Cabinet Member to make a direct award, via waiver for the provision of the support services for the refuge.




Cabinet Member approval is given for  the direct award, via waiver, of support service for the refuge provision, to Sefton Women and Childrens aid (SWACA) for a 3 year period at a contract value of £178k per year.


Reason for the decision:


SWACA have a proven track record of refuge provision in Sefton and are best placed to deliver this service in the timescales available.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: (including any Risk Implications)


If a full open procurement were to take place then the refuge would be ready for occupation with no provider in place.


There are no other providers in Sefton, with local knowledge of Domestic Abuse and experience of delivering refuge provision that could deliver this service at such short notice.


Date of decision: 24/05/2023

Effective from: 02/06/2023

Current call-in Count: 0

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