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COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund for Food and Essential Supplies

The following key decision was implemented in accordance with the Council’s Special Urgency Rules because the decision was urgent and it was not possible to publish details about the decision on the Cabinet Forward Plan.

 

Decision

 

To allocate grant funding from the government’s COVID-19 Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant (Food and Essential Supplies) for the provision of emergency welfare payments to be distributed through the COVID-19 Emergency Living Fund and COVID-19 Children’s Fund

The Chair and Vice Chair of the Children and Families Scrutiny Committee, and the Chair of Council were notified of the need to take the decision as an urgent decision and that the decision would be implemented without pre-implementation review.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000 and 2 Divisions affected;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 30/07/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
Gloucestershire was notified of it’s allocation under the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund for Food and Essential Supplies on 10th July 2020, with an expectation that the majority of the grant would be used within 12 weeks. This timescale does not allow for the usual notice periods for key decisions to be made. In order to meet the above expectation, officers had to develop proposals and consult with partners at extreme pace. As such it was not practical to give prior notice of the decision.

Furthermore, once the decision was made, it was necessary to implement the grant scheme without further delay in order to ensure the funds benefitted individuals and families in need of urgent assistance, particularly given the additional pressures anticipated to result from school holidays.

Decision due: 30 Jul 2020 by Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member - Children's Safeguarding and Early Years

Lead member: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member - Children's Safeguarding and Early Years

Contact: Wendy Williams, Assistant Director for Integrated Children and Families Commissioning Email: wendy.williams3@gloucestershire.gov.uk Tel: 01452 328526.

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