Decision details

Local Restrictions Support Grant 2020 Update (Key Decision taken under Emergency Decision Making Powers)

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To update previous decisions relating to local restrictions in light of release of Regulations (2020 No. 1200) The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England)(No. 4) Regulations 2020, and in particular their impact on support to businesses in Brent.

 

Approval is also being sought to a process and draft policy for enabling support to be provided as quickly as possible in accordance with the guidance and funding provided by government, in particular for the Additional Restrictions Grant.

Decision:

The Chief Executive, acting under her emergency decision making powers, pursuant to paragraph 9.3.2 of Part 3 of the Constitution:

 

(1)        Approves the implementation of the mandatory grants as set out in paragraphs 3.2 of the accompanying report, which are the Local Restrictions Grant (Sector), the mandatory parts of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) and Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Addendum.

 

(2)       Approves the draft discretionary grant scheme in principle as set out in paragraph 3.2 and Appendix One of the accompanying report, and note that the finalised version of the discretionary grant scheme, will be made by the Strategic Director of Customer and Digital Services and Director of Finance, in consultation with the relevant Lead Members.

 

(3)       Notes that any amendments to the discretionary grant scheme that may be required to the policy will be made by and under the authority of the Strategic Director of Customer and Digital Services and the Director of Finance in consultation with the relevant Lead Members.

Reasons for the decision:

As detailed within the accompanying report.

Alternative options considered:

As detailed within the accompanying report.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None.

Reason Key: Signficant expenditure/savings of £500k or more;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Cabinet/Committee Decision or Scheme of Delegation: Decision taken under the Chief Executive's emergency delegated decision making powers.

Parties Consulted: Schemes referred to in this report have come as part of the government’s urgent response to the Covid-19 pandemic. As such there has been no consultation but briefings will be provided for all Members through the normal Council channels. The Cabinet Member for Resources & Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning and Chair of the relevant scrutiny committee with be consulted where appropriate. In addition to this, the Council will promote both schemes through its website, newsletters and social media.

Contact: Peter Cosgrove, Head of Revenues and Debt Email: Peter.Cosgrove@brent.gov.uk Tel: 020 8937 2307.

Urgent item?: Yes

Publication date: 16/11/2020

Date of decision: 16/11/2020

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