1. Under current provisions, waivers to CPRs require the approval of the Executive or, in urgent circumstances, the approval of the Chief Executive and/or the relevant portfolio holder. In latter cases, a retrospective report is made to the Executive to advise members of the action taken.
2. There have been several instances recently where waivers have been sought from the Executive to allow contracts to be awarded without recourse to competition. In accordance with the ethos behind the recent restructuring, this report contains a proposed revision to CPRs to allow officers to take control of operational decisions. The proposals would allow the S.151 Officer to such approve waivers.
3. The financial thresholds that determine the number and type of alternative prices are reviewed annually. This report seeks approval to uplift of c.4% in accordance with the RPI.
4. The proposed changes to the upper limits of the financial thresholds are:
· Threshold 1 – from £4,000 to £4,200
· Threshold 2 – from £11,500 to £11,900
· Threshold 3 – from £56,600 to £58,800
· Threshold 4 – from £113,200 to £117,700
· Threshold 5 – from contracts over £113,200 to over £117,700.
5. The new provision for waivers is as follows:
7. The proposed changes to the financial thresholds will ensure that CPRs do not become unnecessarily restrictive. The new provision for waiver approval will also allow officers to make operational decisions, in accordance with the ethos behind the recent restructuring, whilst providing information to members to allow them to monitor officer actions.
It is recommended that the amendments to CPRs as set out in paragraphs 4 and 5 above are approved for immediate application.
Background Papers (DCEx)
There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.
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