Decision details

Extension to the Welfare Benefits Unit Contract

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Health and Adult Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval to extend the Welfare Benefits Unit Contract


It has been agreed to extend and vary the contract for the provision of a North Yorkshire welfare rights, information and guidance service provided by the Welfare Benefits Unit (WBU) for up to 2 years from 1st April 2022 to the 31st March 2024.

Approval has also been given to vary the extension clause from 2 years to 4 periods of 6 months. It is proposed the contract will be reviewed and extended at 6 monthly break points.

Reasons for the decision:

The WBU offers specialist welfare benefits advice to those who work with members of the public. It aims to maximise benefit entitlement, helping to reduce the incidence and impact of poverty and in doing so improve health, wellbeing, financial and social inclusion.

The extension will allow further exploration of the current business model and service delivery options, including ensuring that NYCC continues to receive value for money from the cost of the contract.

Alternative options considered:

Not applicable

Publication date: 14/02/2022

Date of decision: 11/02/2022

Effective from: 19/02/2022