Decision details

Covid-19 Emergency Decision Making (APR15)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


That Cabinet Approves:

  1. The incorporation of £18.5m (£13.5m COVID 19 emergency response fund and £5m hardship fund) into the Council’s budget;
  2. The incorporation of £88.3m funding on account held temporarily in the Councils reserves for the provision of Business Support Grant Funding;
  3. The delegation of authority to the Head of Paid Service and the Director of Finance in consultation with the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor, Cabinet Member for Finance, Governance and Performance, to make any urgent decision relating to the emergency response which involves new policy or a change to existing policy and to make any necessary technical adjustments or adjustments to the budgets upon receipt of the above and future Government funding in response to the COVID 19 pandemic; with transfers to and or from reserves as appropriate.

That Cabinet Notes:

  1. Decisions taken under emergency / urgent payments:
    1. The protocol for the disbursement of the Hardship fund and indicative funding streams as set out in Appendix A1;
    2. The section 13a policy for additional Council Tax relief as set out in Appendix A2
    3. The revised Local Crisis and Prevention Fund Policy;
    4. The emergency procurement protocol as set out in Appendix A3;
    5. Additional payments of £1.359m to be made to care providers as set out in Appendix A4.

2.      The 2020/21 budget is being reviewed and a redirection of existing budget and earmarked may be required during the year;

3.      The indicative allocations from initial grant funding (detailed in Table 2) and that the Director of Finance in consultation with the Head of Paid and Cabinet Member for Finance will amend these allocations within the overall funding limit to respond to need as required.


Publication date: 28/04/2020

Date of decision: 28/04/2020

Decided at meeting: 28/04/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 08/05/2020

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