Decision referred back to cabinet,therefore the call in successful. No meeting tonight.


The decision has been referred back to cabinet and therefore the call in successful.

There is no need for anyone to attend the meeting tonight

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Prevention and Early Intervention Commissioning

Stakeholder Update
8th November 2017

Contracts Award
As you will be aware, a Cabinet decision was published regarding the award of
contracts to the Voluntary and Community Sector for the delivery of prevention and
early intervention support and services to people in Enfield.
The decision was subject to the Call-In process. A ‘call-in’ is a way for you to ask for
a decision the Cabinet has taken to be looked at again.
The Call-In was requested and agreed and scheduled to take place this evening, 8th
November 2017 at the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. After further discussion
with the Leader of the Council and Opposition Leader we have now been advised
that the proposed Call In need not proceed now on the understanding that :-
a. The decision to award contracts to Community Barnet is referred back to
Cabinet for further consideration on Wednesday 15th November 2017
b. Officers agree to produce a report to Overview and Scrutiny Committee in due
course summarising the success measures and performance expectations that are
built into the more detailed agreements with each consortium/partnership.
We will be in touch again following Cabinet next week to inform you of the outcome
of these considerations.

Due to the Call-in process timelines will now be subject to delay. We will not be able
to inform you of any new timeline until after the Cabinet meeting on the 15th

Training and Support
Meetings with organisations and the Commissioning Team will be set up shortly.
For successful organisations and consortium these meeting will be held with your
appointed Lead Commissioner.
For those organisations that have not been successful a meeting with the Head of
Service will be arranged to look at transition processes and alternative sources of

Prevention and Early Intervention Commissioning

Stakeholder Update
th November 2017
Strategic Funding for Lead Partners
A short form will shortly be circulated to the Lead Partner to apply for the additional
strategic funding.
Project Grants
The process and budget for the application of Project Grants will be circulated
Purchase Orders
For successful organisations new Purchase Order numbers will be generated ready
for the start date of the new contracts.
Staff Changes
Rosie Lowman will be leaving Enfield Council at the end of November. She would
like to thank the sector for all their engagement, vitality and honesty throughout this
For each successful organisation/consortium your contact and support moving
forward will be your allocated Commissioner/s.
For generic VCS enquiries please contact Jamie Ford, Service Development and
Commissioning Officer, on 020 8379 3746 or at

Enfield Disability Action's funding for our advice services has been cut.

The DIAS and the Deaf Project service funding will end on the 30th November 2017.

Enfield Disability Action’s funding for our advice services has been cut, this includes services we provide through the Disability Information and Advice (DIAS) and Deaf Project services.

Earlier this year, Enfield Council re-tendered contracts for services usually delivered by the local voluntary sector, as part of a process open to all including the private sector and those outside the borough.  EDA tendered for the Information and Advice service stream in partnership with other Enfield Voluntary organisations.

Unfortunately the Council awarded the tender to Community Barnet. As of date, we are not aware of what accessible services they will be providing in Enfield or of any pre-existing partnerships with VCS groups in Enfield. The newly tendered service begins notionally on the 1st December 2017. The DIAS and the Deaf Project service funding will end on the 30th November 2017.

Although Enfield Council wanted a smooth handover EDA has not been made aware of who to transfer our clients to. This makes it very difficult for us to advise people in the short term. Critically therefore, we are concerned that vulnerable disabled people living or working in Enfield will not know where to go for help with existing and future issues. This is particularly pertinent with the impending rollout of Universal Credit in Enfield.  

The Council could of course have chosen organisations who are known and highly respected by Enfield residents and with long standing service users. However an out of Borough organisation who has no advice provision history or local connections has been chosen to provide these services going forward.

Enfield Councillors have called in this decision and will be reviewing it. A public meeting is due to be held on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at 7pm at the Civic Centre. This meeting is to investigate and potentially challenge the Tender process and the decision to award the advice streams to Community Barnet.

Unfortunately at EDA this is already impacting on our ability to provide a service. From Tuesday 7th November EDA (Disability Information and Advice Service, Deaf Project) will not be in the position to provide information and advice or support with new client referrals, this includes new individual case work. With regret EDA has no choice but to close its waiting lists and to cancel all information and advice drop ins. 

We will update you if there is any change to this position. Please accept our sincere apologies for this but it is due to circumstances currently beyond our control. 

Monday office closures and service updates

As of 8th May 2017 EDA offices will be closed to the public on Mondays. This is due to staff and volunteers having heavy workloads. In case of emergencies please contact Enfield Civic Centre on 0208 379 1000.

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Client testimonials and feedback

``I am very pleased with this result as I have been battling many years on behalf of my daughter...and finally we were awarded successfully. Thank you so much for your assistance with the PIP form and I would like you to know this will make an enormous difference to our lives. I am most impressed with your conduct and professionalism when dealing with my application.``

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``On behalf of my family and I, we would like to convey our gratitude towards your kind support all through these years. You are such a God gifted person who brings hope to people's lives. You have used your Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding, Kindness (talents) to reach us when we mostly needed you. Thank you for making us keep a smile on our faces. He was awarded with a new Television requested by Family Fund. Thank you once again. We wish you a blessed Christmas and a wonderful new 2017

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Successful Family Fund Award

I meet my EDA adviser on a monthly basis when she helps me sort out paperwork and any queries/issues I may have regarding my mum's care etc.
No amount of words can express my gratitude. She is a very unique individual; truly professional, sensitive, kind and generous. She has supported me through some very difficult and challenging times following my dad's death and subsequently, my mum's deteriorating physical and mental health. I can't imagine being without her and hope that our partnership will continue. She is a true asset to the profession and most importantly, to people like me who need guidance and support during some of life's most difficult challenges we all have to face...dealing with death and elderly /frail parents. We are never prepared for these heart wrenching experiences. I commend you and your team for the valuable work you do. I would most certainly want to continue working with my adviser.

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Supporting client in difficult times

May I take this opportunity to wish you all the very best in your new role but at the same time tell you how much I will miss you. I’ll look forward to meeting my new support worker and have no doubts as everyone that I’ve had the the pleasure to meet at EDA have been very pleasant and supportive. You really are a fantastic team.

Thank you for all your help, support and kindness over the last 5, 6 or 7 years (I can’t remember how long it’s been).

Thanks again

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All drop in dates can be found in our events calendar, see top menu or events below this message. -------------------- Advice Drop-in - Please note the time change below- Advice on welfare benefits and housing for people with disabilities is available at Community House, 311 Fore Street, Edmonton London N9 0PZ, last Wednesday of every month, from 9:30 – 11:30am --------------- DIAS and U-direct will be closed from 1pm on a Monday and Friday from the 1st August. --------------- Drop in There is no benefit and community care drop-in during August. Our drop-in will be on September 27th. ----------------------------------- The Tuesday Community Care and Legal drop held 10 till 12 noon which take place on Tuesday mornings between 10am-12pm will be cancelled from now until further notice.