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Alternative delivery models

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To the information officer,

I am emailing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. My request relates to alternative delivery models used by the council as of September 17, 2019. Specifically, can you list:

(1) All Local Authority Trading Companies owned by the authority, including the following details:
(a)The name of the company
(b)Company number
(c) Date of incorporation
(d)Services provided/purpose

(2) All Public Service Mutuals (PSM) connected to the authority, including the following details:
(a) The name of the PSM
(b) The date it was created
(c) Any other stakeholders formally involved
(d) Services provided/purpose

(3) All outsourced services, including the following details:
(a) The name of the service
(b) The date on which it was outsourced
(c) The organisation(s) that operates the contract
(d) The length of the contract
(e) The annual cost to the council of the contract

(4) All joint ventures entered into by the authority, including the following details:
(a)The name of the venture
(b)The date on which it began
(c) The other organisation(s) involved
(d) The services provided/purpose

I would like the responses in Excel format with the questions and sub-questions as column headers.

For definitions of the above terms, please see the guidance 'Alternative Delivery Models Explained' issued by the Government on 28 March 2017 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...)

If you need clarification please contact me at this email address. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way before the 20th working day.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Thank you for your time,

Gareth Davies

info, Lancaster City Council

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Dear Gareth Davies,

I write to confirm receipt of your request for information, which was
received on 17th September 2019 and is now being processed under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your request has been given the unique
reference number as stated in the subject header above and you should
quote this reference number in all correspondence. You should receive our
response within 20 working days; this means that you can expect to receive
the requested information by 15th October 2019. If we are unable to deal
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info, Lancaster City Council

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Dear Gareth Davies,

Freedom of Information Request - Ref: FOI 2856

Thank you for your request received on 17th September 2019 in which you
asked for information from Lancaster City Council

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding, it has taken us a
long time to collate the information from every team within every
department.

 

Response

 

 1. Local Authority Trading Companies

 

None

 

 2. Public Service Mutuals

 

None

 

 3. Outsourced Services

 

Audit

(a) The name of the service Internal Audit and Assurance
(b) The date on which it was outsourced April 2019
(c) The organisation(s) that operates the contract Lancashire Audit
Services
(d) The length of the contract 12 months
(e) The annual cost to the council of the contract £13,000

 

       Planning

        (a) The name of the service Building Control Services
        (b) The date on which it was outsourced 03 October 2016
        (c) The organisation(s) that operates the contract  Urban Vision
Partnership Ltd/Capita
        (d) The length of the contract 3 years with option to extend
        (e) The annual cost to the council of the contract  Cost varies
but on average £96,000

 

               Revenues & Benefits

        (a) The name of the service Print and Post
        (b) The date on which it was outsourced March 2012
        (c) The organisation(s) that operates the contract Current
supplier is Critiqom
        (d) The length of the contract Until June 2022
        (e) The annual cost to the council of the contract £57,000

             Council Housing Services

        (a) The name of the service Communal Building Cleaning
        (b) The date on which it was outsourced 07/10/2019
        (c) The organisation(s) that operates the contract LCD
        (d) The length of the contract 3 years
        (e) The annual cost to the council of the contract £61500

              Council Housing Services

        (a) The name of the service Sheltered Scheme equipment
        (b) The date on which it was outsourced 05/03/2019
        (c) The organisation(s) that operates the contract Tunstall
        (d) The length of the contract 2 years
        (e) The annual cost to the council of the contract £26000

              Council Housing Services

        (a) The name of the service Call monitoring/out of hours service
        (b) The date on which it was outsourced 01/04/2019
        (c) The organisation(s) that operates the contract New Progress
        (d) The length of the contract 1 year
        (e) The annual cost to the council of the contract £25000

 

 

 4. Joint Ventures

 

(a)The name of the venture Shared Head of Internal Audit and Assurance
Service
(b)The date on which it began May 2017
(c) The other organisation(s) involved Wyre Borough Council
(d) The services provided/purpose Audit and Assurance

 

(a)The name of the venture Revenues and Benefits shared service
(b)The date on which it began 1^st July 2010
(c) The other organisation(s) involved Preston City Council
(d) The services provided/purpose Council Tax, Housing Benefits and
Business Rates administration

 

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Yours sincerely

 

J McGrath

Information Governance Officer

Deputy Data Protection Officer

 

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