Decision details

Decision details

Contract Award for Engagement and Assessment Service, and provision of interim accommodation for Rough Sleepers and Single Homeless People

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Award of a contract that brings together a range of new and existing service functions to better meet the needs of single homeless people and to deliver on Oxford City Council’s ambition to ensure that nobody should have to sleep rough in Oxford. The Service is expected to play a major role in preventing and relieving rough sleeping and single homelessness.


To award a contract for the engagement and assessment service and provision of interim accommodation for rough sleepers and single homeless peopleto St. Mungo’s.


Reasons for the decision:

The response to the Covid19 pandemic required the Floyds Row engagement and assessment hub to be repurposed, and for the council to seek self-contained accommodation for all rough sleepers and people accommodated in communal sleeping areas. St Mungo’s who had been delivering the Floyds Row services adapted to provide this service in a different way as well as managing the new accommodation which was found.

Additional funding was agreed by way of urgency powers delegated to the Chief Executive in Part 9.3(b) of the Constitution which was reported to Cabinet on 12 August 2020. A single contract has been drawn up for the amalgamation of the work streams which are the subject of these decisions.

Alternative options considered:


Signed off by senior officers:

Gordon Mitchell, Chief Executive.

Decision taken in consultation with the Leader of the Council, the Cabinet Member for Affordable Housing, the Head of Financial Services and the Head of Law and Governance.

Publication date: 07/01/2021

Date of decision: 30/12/2020