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.
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
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: email@example.com Tel: 01452 328526.