Issue details

Covid 19 Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme


To seek approval to accept and spend the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding (£3,856,020) allocation from government, to support businesses affected by the second national Covid 19 lockdown period, and any future periods of restriction up to the end of March 2022.


This decision is specific to the Additional Restrictions Grant.  The national guidance indicates that the council can use this funding for business support activities but it is expected to primarily take the form of discretionary grants to businesses to support them through period of trade restrictions due to Covid 19. The offer letter implies that this allocation is for the current national and any future national or local restrictions (the funding will not be refreshed) through to the end of March 2022.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 18/11/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
Decision of special urgency please required given the decision is to spend govt allocated grant support to assist businesses during the current lockdown. Government have asked these funds are provided to businesses as soon as possible.

Decision due: 24 November 2020 by Cabinet member environment, economy and skills

Lead member: Cabinet member environment, economy and skills

Lead director: Director of Economy and Place

Department: Economy and Place

Contact: Roger Allonby, Head of Economic Development, Economy and Place Email: Tel: 01432 260330.