Decision Maker: Leader of the Council
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
The purpose of this report is:
1) To seek approval to implement, in accordance with the latest government guidance, the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.
2) To delegate, to the Director of Corporate Resources, the authority to determine grant eligibility, in accordance with the Government’s guidance.
1) the grant scheme detailed in appendix 1 to this report is implemented in accordance with the latest Government guidance;
2) a delegation is provided to the Director of Corporate Resources, for the determination of grant eligibility and payment award, in accordance with the Government’s guidance
The Council is expected by Government to award grants in line with the guidance it has published.
The delegation is requested to ensure the timely award of the grants, efficient decision making and to avoid the Executive from becoming overwhelmed by applications. It is appropriate that this function is delegated to Officers for determination in line with established guidance.
An alternative to the proposal to implement the OHLG scheme in accordance with the latest government guidance would be to decline the Government’s offer of grant funding and not pay grants of this nature in the Borough of Gedling. To do so however, would be to deny businesses in the Borough a significant amount of grant funding which is likely to assist in business recovery and continuity following the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
An alternative to the proposal to delegate the authority to exercise the Council’s discretion would be to report each grant case to the Leader for his determination in accordance with the Government’s guidance. This would mean that the Leader would have to consider multiple applications over a potentially long period. This would place an unnecessary burden on the Executive and may prevent the timely award of the grants.
Urgent item?: Yes
Publication date: 14/01/2022
Date of decision: 13/01/2022