Decisions

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Decisions published

12/11/2020 - Shared Ownership ref: 5632    Recommendations Approved

for the sign off of the sale of shared ownership properties, built by WV Living and now owner by CWC

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing

Decision published: 25/11/2020

Effective from: 12/11/2020

Decision:

1.    Approved the sale of the initial sales equity of the 3 shared ownership properties at the site known as Sweet Briary, Ettingshall, as detailed in the body of the report.

2.    Approved the sale of the initial sales equity of the 3 shared ownership properties at the site known as Peascroft, Bilston.

Wards affected: Ettingshall;

Lead officer: Karen James


18/11/2020 - New Park Village Re-development programme - Private property purchase ref: 5633    Recommendations Approved

Approval to puchase a privately owned property in New Park Village estate that is affected by the re-development programme.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing

Decision published: 25/11/2020

Effective from: 18/11/2020

Decision:

1.    Approved the completion of the purchase of the former council property listed in Appendix 1 at the agreed price of £75,000 plus Home Loss compensation.

2.    Authorised the Chief Legal Officer or other authorised officers to execute legal documentation to put the purchases into effect.

Wards affected: Heath Town;

Lead officer: Karen Beasley


20/11/2020 - Full Fibre Rollout on Housing Estates - wayleave approval ref: 5634    Recommendations Approved

To approve block wayleaves to enable the rollout of full fibre broadband on housing estates as outlined in Wolverhampton's Digital Infrastructure Strategy.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Resources

Decision published: 25/11/2020

Effective from: 20/11/2020

Decision:

Approved entering into a non-exclusive block wayleaves.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Heather Clark


18/11/2020 - Better Homes for All Small sites Newbuild Council Housing ref: 5630    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Environment

Decision published: 25/11/2020

Effective from: 18/11/2020

Decision:

Approved the award of the contract for the Traditional House Building on former small garage sites in Wolverhampton to J. Harper & Sons (Leominster) Ltd of Unit 1 & 2 Bevan Industrial Estate, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 3TF, United Kingdom for a duration of 14 months term from 1 December 2020 to 31 January 2022 for a total contract value of £5,516,876.00.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jose Vitoria


13/11/2020 - WV Online: Device and Connectivity Lending Scheme ref: 5629    Recommendations Approved

To provide an overview of the proposed device and connectivity lending scheme from libraries as part of our approach to tackle the digital divide in Wolverhampton highlighted by the COVID crisis.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Resources

Decision published: 25/11/2020

Effective from: 13/11/2020

Decision:

Approved the pilot device and connectivity lending scheme, as part of a broader whole city approach to delivering our commitment to be a digitally inclusive city.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Heather Clark


20/11/2020 - 2020-2021 - Capital Programme Quarter Two Review and Treasury Management Mid Year Review and other urgent matters ref: 5635    Recommendations Approved

To approve decisions related to 2020-2021 - Capital Programme Quarter Two Review and Treasury Management Mid Year Review and other urgent matters.

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 25/11/2020

Effective from: 20/11/2020

Decision:

Capital Programme 2020-2021 to 2024-2025 Quarter Two Review

1.    Approved the revised medium-term General Revenue Account capital programme of £299.9 million, an increase of £11.4 million from the previously approved programme, and the change in associated resources.

Treasury Management Activity Monitoring – Mid Year Review 2020-2021

2.    Noted that a mid-year review of the Treasury Management Strategy Statement has been undertaken and the Council has operated within the limits and requirements approved in March 2020.

3.    Noted that revenue underspends of £1.8 million for the General Revenue Account and £682,000 for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) are forecast from treasury management activities in 2020-2021, arising as a result of re-phasing of the capital programme and lower interest rates forecast on borrowing due to the impact on the economy of Covid-19.

4.    Noted that two of the three credit rating agencies have downgraded the UK’s credit rating.  If the remaining credit rating agency follows suit the Director of Finance will lower the minimum sovereign rating in the Annual Investment Strategy in line with the delegated authority approved by Council on 17 July 2020.

Appointment of Director of Adult Social Services (DASS)

5.    That the Council appointed Emma Bennett as the interim Director of Adult Social Services pending a review.

Extension of Regional Mortuary Provision

6.    That the Council agreed to the extension of the Regional Mortuary Provision from March 2021 to August 2021 and delegated authority to the Director of Governance to carry out the appropriate tasks in relation to amendment of the existing contract.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Claire Nye


12/11/2020 - Black Country AIM for GOLD Payment of grants to SMEs ref: 5628    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval for the payment of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grants to businesses who are Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) under the Black Country “Advice Invest Market Development” (AIM) for “Growth Opportunities Local Delivery” GOLD Project.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Economy

Decision published: 24/11/2020

Effective from: 12/11/2020

Decision:

Approved payments totalling £24,500 as detailed at section 5.3.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Oliver Nash


06/11/2020 - Land and Property Transactions - IEDN 047 ref: 5615    Recommendations Approved

A report seeking appoval to proceed with transactions listed there in

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing

Decision published: 18/11/2020

Effective from: 06/11/2020

Decision:

Approved the completion of the transactions listed below:

      Land at Bee Lane PF – Minor disposal

      Goldthorn Hill Allotments – Grant of initial two-year licence followed by a 25 year lease

      Pelham Street sub-station – Sale of freehold

      Plots of land at Dale Street/Murdoch Road, Bilston – Sale of freehold

      The Shed, Cannock Road/Woden Road, Heath Town – Variation of restrictive covenant

 

Wards affected: Bilston East; Blakenhall; Bushbury North; Graiseley; Heath Town;

Lead officer: Nav Sahota


26/03/2020 - Provision of Frozen, Chilled and Ambient Foods ref: 5596    Recommendations Approved

The Council requires a single provider for the provision of frozen, chilled and ambient food to schools and various council establishments providing catering services including arts, leisure centres and catering outlets operated by City of Wolverhampton Catering Services.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Resources

Decision published: 13/11/2020

Effective from: 26/03/2020

Decision:

1.    Approved the award of the contract for the Provision of Frozen, Chilled and Ambient Foods to Blakemore Foodservice of Steelmans Road, Jamesbridge, Darlaston, West Midlands, WS10 9UZ, United Kingdom for a duration of a four-year term from 1 May 2020 to 30 April 2024 for a total contract value of up to £2.4 million.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jose Vitoria


11/11/2020 - Exclusion of press and public ref: 5555    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

That in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business as it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).


11/11/2020 - Future High Streets Fund - Bid Update ref: 5564    Recommendations Approved

To provide a synopsis of the Future High Streets Fund bid, and progress updates and timescales for the next steps in the awarding of grant.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 18/11/2020

Wards affected: St Peter's;

Lead officer: Zareena Ahmed-Shere, Liam Davies, Peter Taylor


11/11/2020 - Principal Social Work Annual Report ref: 5567    Recommendations Approved

To receive the report outlining the work of the Principal Social Worker 2019-2020

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

1.      That the work of the Principal Social Worker and the continued impact it has on social care practice across children’s and adults’ services be endorsed.

 

2.      That the main priorities for the Principal Social Worker identified for 2020-2021 be approved.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Louise Haughton


11/11/2020 - Draft Budget and the Medium Term Financial Strategy for the period of 2021-2022 to 2023-2024 ref: 5568    Recommendations Approved

To provide an update to the Draft Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-2022 to 2023-2024 and next steps that will be taken in order to address the financial pressures faced by the Council over the medium term.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

That Council be recommended to approve:

1.    The updated draft budget strategy linked to the Five Year Financial Strategy, including changes to corporate resource assumptions and growth and inflation, for inclusion in the Draft Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-2022 to 2023-2024.

 

2.    That work continues to further develop budget reduction and income generation proposals, in order to ensure that a balanced budget can be set for 2021-2022.

 

3.    That authority be jointly delegated to the responsible Cabinet Member and the Cabinet Member for Resources, in consultation with the responsible Director and the Director of Finance to vary fees and charges in line with key priorities.

 

4.    That authority be jointly delegated to the Cabinet Member for Resources, in consultation with the Director of Finance to establish supplementary revenue budgets funded by grant and approve any virements required to support the costs associated the second national lockdown.  As detailed in paragraph 3.8, the Government have announced a number of grants for local authorities in response to the second national lockdown.  At the time of writing this report, the full details of these grants were not known.

 

That Cabinet notes:

1.    That the Council needs the Government to provide confirmation of future years funding as soon as possible and by early December at the latest, in order to ensure that the Council has a clear direction of funding available over the medium term.

 

2.    That, despite austerity since 2010, the Council has a strong track-record of managing money well, planning ahead and delivering excellent services. The financial implications of the pandemic have significantly distorted the budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy.

 

3.    The impact Covid-19 has had and will continue to have a significant financial impact on the 2020-2021 budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy.  However, following announcements made by Government it is assumed that sufficient grant funding will be provided to cover the cost pressures arising as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Taking this into account, the 2021-2022 projected budget deficit stands at £4.5 million.

 

4.    That, in the event that the Government do not provide sufficient grant funding to meet the cost pressures arising as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021-2022 projected budget deficit would be in the region of £23.2 million. This would have a significant impact on the Council and result in the Council undertaking a fundamental review of all services in order to identify budget reductions sufficient enough to set a balanced budget.

 

5.    That, a number of assumptions have been made with regards to the level of resources that will be available to the Council as detailed in this report.  It is important to note that there continues to be a considerable amount of uncertainty with regards to future income streams for local authorities over the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review period.  At the point that further information is known it will be incorporated into future reports to Councillors.  Any reduction in the Government’s allocation of funding to the Council would have a significant detrimental impact and further increase the budget deficit forecast over the medium term.

 

6.    That, due to external factors, budget assumptions remain subject to significant change, which could, therefore, result in alterations to the financial position facing the Council.

 

7.    That the 2021-2022 budget timetable will, as in previous years, include an update on all budget assumptions and the outcome of the Provisional Local Government Settlement will be presented to Cabinet by January 2021, with the final budget report due to be approved by Full Council in March 2021.

 

8.     That the overall level of risk associated with the 2020-2021 Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021-2022 to 2023-2024 is assessed as Red. 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Mohammed Hasan, Michelle Howell, Alison Shannon


11/11/2020 - Treasury Management Activity Monitoring - Mid Year Review 2020-2021 ref: 5569    Recommendations Approved

To approve the Treasury Management Activity Monitoring - Mid Year Review 2020-2021

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

That Council be recommended to approve:

1.    That a mid-year review of the Treasury Management Strategy Statement has been undertaken and the Council has operated within the limits and requirements approved in March 2020.

 

2.    That revenue underspends of £1.8 million for the General Revenue Account and £682,000 for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) are forecast from treasury management activities in 2020-2021, arising as a result of re-phasing of the capital programme and lower interest rates forecast on borrowing due to the impact on the economy of Covid-19.

 

3.    That two of the three credit rating agencies have downgraded the UK’s credit rating.  If the remaining credit rating agency follows suit the Director of Finance will lower the minimum sovereign rating in the Annual Investment Strategy in line with the delegated authority approved by Council on 17 July 2020.

 

That Cabinet notes:

1.    The financial information included in this report is based on the ‘Capital Programme 2020-2021 to 2024-2025 Quarter Two Review’ report also on the agenda for this meeting.  The capital report is subject to a report being separately approved by Cabinet also at this meeting.  Therefore, if this approval is not obtained, a revised version of this report would be presented to Council on 18 November 2020.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sarah Hassell, Michelle Howell, Lee Johnson, Rasa Jurkeviciene, Alison Shannon


11/11/2020 - Capital Programme 2020-2021 to 2024-2025 Quarter Two Review ref: 5570    Recommendations Approved

To approve the Capital Programme 2020-2021 to 2024-2025 Quarter Two Review.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

That Cabinet recommend that Council approve:

1.    The revised, medium term General Revenue account capital programme of £299.9 million, an increase of £11.4 million from the previously approved programme, and the change in associated resources.

That Cabinet:

1.  Approve the virements for the General Revenue Account capital programme detailed at Appendix 4 to the report for;

     i. existing projects totalling £2.7 million;

     ii. new projects totalling £6.3 million.

 

2.  Approve the virements for the HRA capital programme detailed at Appendix 4 to the report for;

 

i.    existing projects totalling £1.5 million;

     ii. new projects totalling £32.9 million.

 

3.  Approve the Supplemental Deed of Variation relating to governance of Enterprise Zone funding across the four Black Country Authorities detailed at Appendix 5 to the report.

 

4.  Delegate authority to the Cabinet Members for City Economy in consultation with the Director of Regeneration and Director of Governance to conduct any negotiations and to make any minor amendments and to subsequently authorise the sealing of the Supplemental Deed of Variation Relating to the Collaboration Agreement in Relation to the Black Country Executive Joint Committee City Deal and Growth Deal dated the 7 May 2014 and the sealing or signing of any related documents.

 

5.  Delegate authority to the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services and the Director of Finance, to approve the allocation of the Expansion Programme budgets to individual capital projects including making grant payments where appropriate in order that projects can be progressed in a timely manner.

 

6.  Continue to delegate authority to the Cabinet Member for Resources, in consultation with the Director of Finance to approve the terms of a loan facility to Wolverhampton Homes. This is an extension of time in respect of the approval that was previously given by a joint meeting of Cabinet and Cabinet (Resources) Panel on 23 June 2020.

 

7.   Note there is one new project requiring internal resources included in this report, which is subject to a separate detailed project report also on this agenda. The inclusion of this project is for budget approval purpose and is on the assumption that the approval to progress with the project is given. As the progression is dependent on that decision, if the project is not approved, the capital programme would be reduced accordingly. The name of the project is:

 

·        Future High Street Fund

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sarah Hassell, Michelle Howell, Lee Johnson, Rasa Jurkeviciene, Claire Nye, Alison Shannon


11/11/2020 - Housing Allocations Policy Implementation ref: 5565    Recommendations Approved

To approve amendments to the Housing Allocations Policy and Implementation date.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 18/11/2020

Decision:

1.      That the amendments to the Housing Allocations Policy as detailed in paragraph 3.6 of the report be approved.

 

2.      That an extension to the implementation of the Housing Allocations Policy be approved.

 

3.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing, in consultation with the Director for City Environment, to authorise a ‘go live date’ for the Housing Allocations Policy.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michelle Garbett, Henry Gregory, Mila Simpson


11/11/2020 - Community Asset Transfer: Policy and Strategy Review ref: 5566    Recommendations Approved

To approve a refreshed Community Asset Transfer Strategy.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 18/11/2020

Decision:

That the revised Community Asset Transfer Strategy be approved.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Julia Nock, Luke Dove


11/11/2020 - Renewal of Black Country Car Cruising Injunction (2021) ref: 5563    Recommendations Approved

To seek a decision that applying to renewing and vary the Black Country Car Cruising Injunction (Covering the areas of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley) for three years beyond its date of expiry (February 2021) is in the Council's best interests.

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 18/11/2020

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Joanne Mason, Adam Sheen


11/11/2020 - Schedule of Individual Executive Decision Notices ref: 5560    Recommendations Approved

To receive the summary of open and exempt individual executive decisions approved by the appropriate Cabinet Members following consultation with the relevant employees.

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

That the summary of open and exempt individual executive decisions approved by the appropriate Cabinet Members following consultation with the relevant employees be noted.


11/11/2020 - Exclusion of press and public ref: 5561    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 11/11/2020

Decision:

That in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business as they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information Relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).


11/11/2020 - Leasing of Land at Well Lane - Memorial Statue ref: 5559    Recommendations Approved

To approve the proposed leasing of land located at Well Lane for the siting of a memorial statue.

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 18/11/2020

Decision:

1.      That the transfer of land at Well Lane, Wednesfield to the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, Well Lane for the purpose of siting a memorial statue on a 99-year peppercorn lease, subject to terms be approved.

 

2.      That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing in consultation with the Deputy Chief Executive to approve the terms of the lease.

 

Wards affected: Wednesfield South;

Lead officer: Luke Dove


11/11/2020 - Council Tax Support Scheme ref: 5556    Recommendations Approved

To approve the Council Tax Support Scheme 2021-2022

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 18/11/2020

Decision:

That the proposals to revise the Council Tax Support Scheme for 2021-2022 as outlined in the report, be approved subject to consultation with the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Fire and Police precepting bodies.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Tracey Richards, Jenny Hoare


11/11/2020 - Administration of the Black Country Community Discharge Grant ref: 5557    Recommendations Approved

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has awarded a Community Discharge Grant (CDG), under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003, to City of Wolverhampton Council as nominated Local Authority within the Black Country Transforming Care Partnership (TCP).

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 18/11/2020

Decision:

1.      That City of Wolverhampton Council accepts, holds and distributes the Community Discharge Grant awarded by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on behalf of the Black Country region which includes the administrative areas of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton Transforming Care Partnership.

 

2.      That the Council accepts the role of accountable body to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care for the grant.

 

3.      That the Council enter into such legal agreements as necessary to receive the grant as lead authority on behalf of the Black Country Transforming Care Partnership and any further grant payments in 2021-22 and 2022-23.

 

4.      That the Council sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to accept the grant of £657,414 for the Black Country Region.

 

5.      That the creation of a supplementary revenue budget in accordance with the MOU document, fully funded by the grant be approved.

 

6.      That it be noted that City of Wolverhampton Council would not be responsible for decisions regarding the approval of grant applications and monitoring of the use of the grant, this would remain the role of the Black Country Transforming Care Partnership Board, of which we are a key partner.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sarah E Davies, Eva Lawrence, Paula Morris


11/11/2020 - Land at Tremont Street ref: 5558    Recommendations Approved

To approve the appropriation of land at Tremont Street from the General Fund to the Housing Revenue Account.

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 18/11/2020

Decision:

That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing in consultation with the Deputy Chief Executive to approve the appropriation of the Land at Tremont Street from the General Fund to the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) for housing development.

Wards affected: Heath Town;

Lead officer: Luke Dove


11/11/2020 - Procurement - Award of Contracts for Works, Goods and Services ref: 5562    Recommendations Approved

To approve the award of contracts for works, goods and services.

Decision Maker: Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Made at meeting: 11/11/2020 - Cabinet (Resources) Panel

Decision published: 12/11/2020

Effective from: 18/11/2020

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Yannick Mukendi


23/10/2020 - Amendments to Council Budget and decisions related to Council actions as result of Covid-19 ref: 5572    Recommendations Approved

Amendments to Council Budget and decisions related to Council actions as result of Covid-19.

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 10/11/2020

Effective from: 23/10/2020

Decision:

1.    Established supplementary expenditure budgets totalling £6.118 million funded by the COVID 19 Emergency Funding for Local Government Grant to support additional costs and loss of income relating to COVID 19.

2.    Established supplementary expenditure budgets totalling approximately £790,000 funded by the Contain Outbreak Management Fund from Government. The budget will be established when the grant total is formally confirmed by government.

3.    Established supplementary expenditure budgets totalling £117,430 funded by the Department of Transport to support the additional costs of home to school transport due to covid 19.

4.    Delegated authority to the Cabinet Member for Resources, in consultation with the Director of Finance to approve all virements required to support the additional costs and loss of income relating to COVID 19.

5.    Approved the free School meal scheme for children in need in the City of Wolverhampton for the October half term as set out in paragraph 2.13 – 2.19 with an approximate cost of £250,000.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Alison Shannon


09/11/2020 - Urgent decisions relating to November lockdown and budget decisions related to Council actions as result of Covid-19 ref: 5571    Recommendations Approved

Urgent decisions relating to November lockdown and budget decisions related to Council actions as result of Covid-19

Decision Maker: Leader of the Council

Decision published: 10/11/2020

Effective from: 09/11/2020

Decision:

1.    Agreed to the approach detailed in paragraphs 2.1 – 2.4 regarding the use of Urgent Decisions during the period for which the restrictions in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 remain in force.

2.    Established supplementary expenditure budgets as follows (and agree the use of the grants where stated):

2.1. Approved the establishment of supplementary revenue budgets totalling £127,000 fully funded Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Individuals grant and delegated authority to the Cabinet Member for Resources in consultation with the Director of Finance to approve any virements for this use of this grant.

2.2.Approved the establishment of supplementary revenue budgets totalling £4,000,302 funded by Local Restrictions Support Grants (Sector) and (Closed) Addendum and delegated authority to the Cabinet Member for Resources in consultation with the Director of Finance to agree to the payment of eligible business grants by the Council, in line with Government guidance.

2.3.Approved the establishment of supplementary revenue budgets totalling £5,267,140 funded by the Additional Restrictions Grant and delegated authority to agree the distribution of discretionary business grants to the Cabinet Member for Resources and the Cabinet Member for City Economy in consultation with the Director of Finance and the Director of Regeneration in line with Government guidance.

2.4.Approved the establishment of supplementary revenue budgets totalling £1,044,531 funded by the Local Restriction Support Grant (Open) funding from Government to support businesses that have suffered a reduction in demand as a result of the Local Authority being placed in Tier 2 (High).  Delegated authority to the Cabinet Member for Resources and the Cabinet Member for City Economy in consultation with the Director of Finance to agree the distribution of discretionary businesses grants in line with Government guidelines.

2.5.Approved the establishment of supplementary revenue budgets totalling £19,000 funded by the Department of Transport to support the additional costs of home to school transport due to Covid-19. This takes the revised approved budget to £136,430.

2.6.Accepted the funding from Government under the Contained Outbreak Management Fund under which Local authorities will receive a one-off payment of £8 per head to support the wider measures to protect public health and local economies.  Delegated authority to the Cabinet Member for Resources, in consultation with the Director of Finance to build in supplementary revenue budgets once the grant allocation has been confirmed and make any payments in line with government guidelines and approve any necessary virements.

2.7.Accepted the funding from Government under the new Winter Grants Scheme for children and their families once the details of the scheme are known and delegated authority to the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills Member for Children and Young People, in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services to make payments to any appropriate person in line with Government guidance and approve any necessary virements, to tie in with the collective support that the Council continues to provide to its vulnerable residents.

2.8.Approved the following virements:

·         Approved a virement totalling £290,000 to support Covid Support Advisors for a period of six months funded by from the Enforcement Surge funding (174,000), and Emergency Covid 19 Grant funding (£116,000).

·         Approved a virement of up to £230,000 for the appointment of 15 additional contact trace officers funded from the Test and Trace (outbreak control) grant.

·         Approved the virement of up to £415,000 for the appointment of additional resources to support the grants to businesses.  This will be funded from the Covid 19 Emergency Funding.

·         Approved the virement of £220,000 to provide welfare, debt and benefits advice and support for residents.  This will be funded from the Covid-19 Emergency Funding.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Alison Shannon