Forward plan

Urgency Notice - Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund  (28/05/2020 to 31/10/2020)

Plan items
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Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund

Decision maker:  Cabinet

Decision due:   15 Jun 2020

Lead officer:  Kaya Chatterji

Decision status:  Information Only

Notice of proposed decision first published: 04/06/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
The Discretionary Grants FAQs was only published on 26 May 2020, and prior to that it had not been possible to anticipate the timescales needed to complete a Cabinet report with the necessary detail.
Government has notified local authorities that funding through this scheme needs to be administered and disbursed as soon as possible and ideally from the beginning of June. Delaying further will mean that the council cannot implement its grant scheme until July at the earliest. In that time there is a high risk of businesses failing due to their urgent need for grant funding to support them to survive during the Covid-19 crisis.
Any delay to the Grant Scheme going live will result in a higher risk of business failure as small firms urgently need grant support to remain viable during the Covid-19 period. Furthermore, if the decision does not take immediate effect the council will risk not implementing its grant scheme within the government’s stated preference of June 2020.

Anticipated restriction: Open  -