Decision details

Decision details

Payment of Oxford Direct Services Limited (ODSL) for Services Contract During Corona Virus restrictions

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Council has a services contract with its wholly owned Local Authority Trading Company.

During the disruption due to the Corona Virus some works have had to be stopped and others commissioned.

A efficient and effective means of paying ODSL was sought during this period.



To pay Oxford Direct Services Limited (ODSL) on an at cost basis for the period of the disruption.

ODSL to mitigate costs through furloughing staff, reducing agency and vacancy control.

ODSL to rebate to Oxford City Council furlough income and savings from fuel and materials


Alternative options considered:

The option of utilising the Council Change and charging provision of the services contract was considered.

This option was rejected as it would require a significant amount of bureaucracy and transaction costs to achieve broadly the same outcome.


Signed off by senior officers:

Signed off by the Head of Paid Service (Chief Executive).


Publication date: 18/05/2020

Date of decision: 12/05/2020

Effective from: 21/05/2020