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The Cabinet Member received a report which sought approval to extend the service for accommodation and services from London Walthamstow Ltd T/A Ibis Styles Hotel, 543 Lea Bridge Road, E107EB - 63 units of accommodation and subsistence for up to six months, from 1stOctober 2021 to 31 March 2022.
That the Cabinet Member for Planning, Licensing and Housing Services
approved the extension of the contract for emergency accommodation for
vulnerable rough sleepers, to London Walthamstow Ltd T/A Ibis Styles Hotel,
for a period of 6 months from October to March 2022, as allowed under
Contract Standing Order 16.02 at a cost of £573, 627.60. The total value over
the life of the contract will therefore be £1,505,848
It was agreed that the proposed funding would be via a mixed contribution from the existing revenue and grant funding within the Housing Related Support service and top up funding.
Reasons for decision
The ‘Everyone In’ directive, which allowed the Council to use its discretion to
provide accommodation to people to whom it did not owe a duty under the
Housing Act 1996, has resulted in a 75% sustained reduction in rough sleeping
in the borough since November 2020. On any given night, around 9 people
rough sleep on the streets of Haringey, the lowest recorded figure and a major
achievement for the borough. Prior to COVID-19 and the ‘Everyone In’
directive, between 60-75% of those rough sleeping in Haringey had no
recourse to public funds.
Figure 1 – bi-monthly street count figures 2016-2021:
Over the course of the pandemic, over 1100 placements have been made for
vulnerable homeless people. The Housing-Related Support service has now
exhausted all committed and available funds to continue the hotel placements
after September 2021. A total of 63 bed spaces are currently available at the
IBIS, and a further 24 at the Green Rooms, which are due to close at the end of
September. As a result of which, there is a significant risk that up to 59
people will return to the streets if both these provisions were to close, 55 of
whom face immigration restrictions, as will be set out below.
Alternative options considered
Conduct a full RFQ process
The need for ongoing temporary accommodation and subsistence for this
cohort is urgent. Without an extension of contract, there will be no
accommodation options for this cohort, who remain at risk of severe illness
were they to contract Covid-19 while street homeless. It was deemed unfeasible
to conduct a lengthy procurement process when the contract will expire in four
weeks’ time. It is also understood that enquiries have been made by
neighbouring boroughs in relation to this hotel and winter accommodation
planning. The hotel is unique in its location and offer, and therefore a
procurement process wouldn’t be a valuable use of time.
The Council could elect not to use its discretionary powers to source
accommodation for vulnerable homeless people with no recourse to public
funds during the winter. However, ... view the full minutes text for item 34.