In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itself and also therelevant Equality Impact Assessment, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act.
Having fully considered all the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision to:
1. Approve the receipt by the council of £818k in funding (the “Funding”) from theGloucestershire Integrated Care Board (the “Gloucestershire ICB”) pursuant to the provisions of an existing funding transfer agreement that was entered into between the council and Gloucestershire ICB under Section 256 of the National Health Service Act 2006 – [Employment and Skills 2021]. Such funding shall be received in addition to the £400k funding that was received by the council from Gloucestershire ICB pursuant to an Officer Decision on the 21st of October 2021 for the purpose of addressing health inequalities.
2. Delegate authority to the Executive Director for Economy, Environment and Infrastructure, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Bus Transport, to allocate such funding to the delivery of employment and skill activities set out in Appendix 1 to the report in the period April 2023 to March 2025 in accordance with approval given by the JCPE (comprised of members from the Gloucestershire ICB and the council) on 10th March 2023. In the event that an allocation to any single provider of the proposed activities described in Appendix 1 will exceed £500,000, a separate Individual Cabinet Member decision shall be sought in order to authorise such allocation.
For the reasons set out in the report.