Decision details

Extended Support to Businesses as a Result of the COVID-19 Coronavirus - Additional Restriction Grant (open) - JAN21/CMDN/63

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

With the approval of the Chairman of Growth, Environment, and Resources Committee, the urgency procedure, special urgency procedure, and waiver of call-in procedure have been invoked to suspend the requirement to publish notice of the decision for 28 days, to suspend the requirement to publish the decision for five days, and to subject the decision to a three day call-in period. These procedures have been invoked due to the nature of the scheme, the receipt of final guidance for its delivery, and the importance of it getting to its intended recipients as quickly as possible who are in financial difficulty due to COVID-19.

 

The Cabinet Member:

 

1.    Approved the updates to the Additional Restriction Grant first approved on the 4th December 2020 to allow easier application and processing under the councils discretionary powers;

 

2.    Instructed officers to ensure that the payments are processed in accordance with the agreed schemes for the qualifying properties and rebilling takes place at the earliest opportunity and that any further categories as advised by government to be included within the scheme are also processed at the earliest opportunity;

 

Reasons for the decision:

The Council initially approved the £4.045m Additional Restrictions Grant in December 2020 but after review have simplified the application process to ensure that as many businesses, and the self-employed can apply as is possible.  The Grant extends through to March 2022 and as such the Council still proposes 2 application process, one for this financial year and one for the 2021/22 financial year. 

Alternative options considered:

None have been considered as there are no other realistic options to deal with this issue.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None.

Background Documents:

There are no additional documents.

Urgent item?: Yes

Publication date: 12/01/2021

Date of decision: 12/01/2021

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