Decision details

Re-opening High Streets Safely and Welcome Back Funds Grant Funding Agreement Acceptance

Decision Maker: Leader

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

The purpose of this report is to secure a formal decision in respect of the council’s acceptance of the funding available under both aspects of the fund, to provide clarity on where delegated authority in respect of funds received from government will sit. The report also sets out a number of considerations associated with the acceptance of this funding, notably the obligations that the Grant Funding Agreement places on the council

Decision:

1)        That the Assistant Director (Communities and Operations) receive delegated authority to sign the Terms and Conditions for accepting the allocation of funding under the Re-Opening High Streets Safely Fund on behalf of the Leader of South Holland District Council

 

2)         That the Assistant Director (Communities and Operations) receive delegated authority to  accept the future allocation of funding under the Welcome Back Fund on behalf of the Leader of South Holland District Council, subject to review of the Terms and Conditions of the Grant Funding Agreement

 

3)         That the Assistant Director (Communities and Operations) in consultation with the Deputy Leader of the Council/Portfolio Holder for People, Places & Corporate and the Portfolio Holder for Assets & Planning, be given delegated authority to commit resources up to the value of £84,587 under the Reopening the High Streets Safely Fund up to March 31 2022.

 

4)         That the Assistant Director (Communities and Operations) in consultation with the Deputy Leader of the Council/Portfolio Holder for People, Places & Corporate and the Portfolio Holder for Assets & Planning, be given delegated authority to commit resources up to the value of £84,587 from the Welcome Back Fund up to March 31 2022, subject to review of the Terms and Conditions of the amended Welcome Back Fund Grant Funding Agreement.

 

Reasons for the decision:

The reason for making a decision to accept the GFA is to ensure the Council have capacity to resource High Street recovery plans and therefore the financial interests of the Council to support local businesses and the community both over the last 10 months and period up to March 31 2022 is in place.

 

Alternative options considered:

Proceed as per the report recommendations (recommended). Under this option, the council will look to progress entering into a grant determination agreement in respect of the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund and the Welcome Back Fund. This funding will support the council in meeting costs already defrayed in respect of support for its town centres during 2020 and enable the council to drawdown funds to support its town centres in 2021.

 

Do Nothing (Not recommended) This option would mean South Holland District Council not signing the Grant Funding Agreement and therefore would not being in a position to recover relevant expenditure defrayed in support of businesses across the district. The Reopening High Streets Safely provides an opportunity to both put in place and have developed fundable options to support recovery of business activity lost over periods of restrictions imposed due to the onset of the Covid pandemic.

 

South Holland District Council have been actively supporting businesses from the start of    the pandemic and recovering these costs, as far as achievable, will ensure the Council has resources available to continue supporting local business and the wider economy recover from the pandemic

 

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

None

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Conflict of Interest: None

Dispensation Granted: None

Contact: John Mullen, External Funding Officer Email: John.Mullen@sholland.gov.uk.

Publication date: 22/07/2021

Date of decision: 22/07/2021

Effective from: 30/07/2021

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