Contract Sanctions

To ensure greater transparency commissioners must report details of sanctions due and applied.

Commissioners must now publish on their websites on a quarterly basis, details of the sanctions due and actually applied to each of their major providers for failure to achieve national standards set out in their contracts. Reports must indicate how the commissioner has spent, or intends to spend, the funding withheld from providers through the application of sanctions.

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Reporting must:-

  • cover all of the national Operational Standards and the National Quality Requirements set out in Schedules 4A and 4B of the Particulars;
  • identify, for each of the above standards, by named provider, the value of the sanction applied by the commissioner;
  • indicate how the commissioner has spent, or intends to spend, the funding withheld from providers through the application of sanctions.

Commissioners must report individually on sanctions for all their contracts, whether they are the co-ordinating commissioner or not. Values need only be reported where the sanction in respect of a particular standard for that commissioner at the relevant provider exceeds £1,000 in the reporting period. Where a sanction is applied only annually, the position need only be reported annually.

CCG Contract Sanctions

Prior to the three CCGs in East Berkshire merging, each CCG published its sanctions.