Decision details

Local Restrictions Support Grant 2020 and Test and Trace Support Payment (Emergency Key Decision)

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

In September, the Government announced its intention to provide financial support to businesses in the event of a local lockdown.  On 28 September, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its guidance for local authorities.  This item sets out proposals relating to the implementation of the support.

 

In addition, approval is being sought to implementation of the discretionary self-isolation payments announced by the Government for those on low incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income, who are required to self-isolate as a result of either a test positive for COVID-19 or being identified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact.

Decision:

That the Chief Executive, acting under her emergency delegated decision making powers, approves:

 

(1)        the implementation of the Localised Restrictions Support Grant for mandatory grants as set out in paragraphs 3.1 to 3.4 of the accompanying report.

 

(2)    the draft discretionary grant scheme in principle and delegate final approval to the Strategic Director of Customer and Digital Services who will finalise the policy in liaison with senior managers and in consultation with the Cabinet and chair of the relevant scrutiny committee.

 

(3)    the implementation of the discretionary self-isolation payments as set in paragraph 3.5 of the accompanying report.

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 although briefings will be provided for all Members through the normal Council channels. In additionto 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: 15/10/2020

Date of decision: 12/10/2020

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