Commissioning and Contracts (Social Care)

These Teams work closely together to ensure that there are sufficient, appropriate and high quality services provided to meet needs across Adult Services and Children's Social Care

The main areas work areas include; 

  • Working Age Adults including Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, Autism, Physical Disabilities and Sensory Needs
  • Older People
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Children’s Services
  • Public Health

Commissioning Team

The Commissioning Team is responsible for commissioning social care services for adults, children and housing needs.

Our responsibility is to support our statutory duties whilst also working innovatively to deliver a diverse, vibrant and sustainable market to provide high quality care and support to our community. We commission a wide range of services from the independent, voluntary and statutory sector.

This is based on a Market Position Statement 2022-2027 which aims to help providers identify opportunities to develop services in partnership with the Council.

We work closely with our colleagues in the Contracts and Procurement Teams to deliver the services and ensure our market reflects the diversity of our local population and offers variety and choice to our community.

Commissioning Team Contact Details:

Contracts Team - Procurement Function (AS/CSC)

The Procurement Team is responsible for providing advice, guidance and support to officers undertaking commissioning and procurement projects for People Category. 

The team works closely with commissioning in Adult Services (AS), Health, Children’s Social Care (CSC), Housing and Public Health Services, legal services and finance to ensure that services are procured on time and at best value, through a competitive tender process. 

The team ensures that procurement activities are compliant with Procurement Regulations, the Council’s standing orders, and best practice.

Procurement contact details:

Contracts Team - Quality and Compliance (QCT) Function

The QCT is responsible for monitoring services for contract compliance, quality assurance, and performance management, across AS and CSC, regulated and unregulated services.

QCT contact details:

Contracts Team - Community Resource Team (CRT) Function

The CRT is responsible for sourcing external Placements and Home Care Provisions on behalf of AS and CSC, to meet the Council’s Statutory Duties of providing services to eligible service users.

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Adult Social Care Cost of Care

On 16 December 2021, it was announced that local authorities would receive Market Sustainability and Fair Cost of Care grant funding*. The primary purpose of the fund is to support local authorities to prepare their markets for reform.

As a condition of receiving the funding, local authorities were required to undertake a cost of care exercise with care homes (65+) and home care providers (18+) to determine a median rate for the market, as part of the preparations for social care reform.

The results and analysis of the process, which have been submitted to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) can be found below.

Care Home Cost of Care

Home Care Cost of Care

Market Sustainability Plan

The government have stated that the Cost of Care exercise was not to be regarded as a fee setting exercise.  However, there was an expectation that, over a 3 year period, with additional government funding, local authorities would move towards the median market rate, unless there was reason to consider the median figures as unreliable. This would enable a levelling off of fees to begin to address the difference between the rate paid by the local authority v the rate paid by a private client.  

It was subsequently announced as part of the Autumn Statement 2022 that the social care reforms will be delayed.

Milton Keynes City Council do not consider the median figures obtained to be useful as regards fee setting due to the data quality issues (as outlined in our Annex B report) meaning it is unclear to what extent the figures reflect the actual Cost of Care locally. 

*Milton Keynes City Council received £0.613m of Market Sustainability Funding. The full year cost to MKCC of the additional fee uplift awarded during 2022-23 as a first step towards the median rate is circa  £1.1m.