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Changing Lives Contract - Dynamic Framework
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david.emerton1
Jun 23, 2021
It is good that the negotiations with Changing Lives have gone so well. An enormous thanks to Sarah and Dave for having put so much work into this. The points on the Spreadsheet have been answered satisfactorily and I feel that the contract should be signed. It is a good opportunity to work in partnership and will help many women. Going forward I think that 6.3 pasted below: "The Subcontractor shall not be excused from the performance of any of its obligations under this Subcontract on the grounds of the absence illness or injury of an employee or employees. It is the responsibility of the Subcontractor to provide appropriately qualified, trained and vetted employees to provide the Services and comply with the Service Levels in Schedule 3. Subject to the provisions of clauses 4, 5, 10 and 13, in the event of such failure by the Subcontractor to perform its obligations under this agreement as may be reasonably attributed to a cumulative or consecutive absence of 6 weeks or more, in any one year (from the Effective Date), of an employee or employees of the Subcontractor and where adequate and suitable cover has not been provided by the Subcontractor despite a request from the Main Contractor for such cover to be put in place, (the Absence), then the Main Contractor shall use the set off provisions in clause 6.2 to withhold a sum or sums equivalent to payments in respect of salary costs for the Absence." This will need to be managed carefully- although it is good that the negotiations have given some clarity. My thoughts are that we should have flexibility to move staff from other areas in AWO to support services that are short staffed. This happens in the NHS at times of crisis as we have seen during the Covid emergency. That may mean revising some contracts. It is good that the total liabilities ( section 10.3) have been capped. I have looked at the accounts of The Cyrenians ( Saving Lives) Companys' house website- they look to me to have good reserves at present and hopefully will remain viable for the next 5 years.
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