Decision details

Procurement - Mobile Lateral Flow Testing

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


To approve the award of a contracts for works, goods and services


The intention to make a key decision on the report ‘Procurement – Mobile Lateral Flow Testing’ at the meeting was not publicised in advance as required by the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.  The decision was urgent and could not be reasonably delayed for the following reason:


·      As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, it has been determined that a Mobile Lateral flow testing (MLTF) service is required.  This provision will ensure additional capacity and accessibility to areas with limited current coverage. Due to the urgency of this requirement it has been agreed that the approval of the award cannot be delayed until the 17 March Cabinet (Resources) Panel.


In light of the above, consent had been obtained for the key decision to be made at the meeting under the Special Urgency provisions.


Councillor Louise Miles presented the report on the award of a contract for Mobile Rapid Flow Testing. The contract was part of the Council’s programme to control Covid-19 and the provision would ensure additional capacity and accessibility to areas with limited current coverage.



1.    That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, in consultation with the Director of Public Health, to approve the award of a contract for Mobile Lateral Flow Testing once negotiations are complete.


2.    That the virement of £597,000 from the Contained Outbreak Management Fund Grant to support the mobile lateral flow testing requirement be approved.


Report author: John Thompson

Publication date: 18/02/2021

Date of decision: 17/02/2021

Decided at meeting: 17/02/2021 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

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