City Council - Record of Decision
I, Councillor Hinds, in
exercise of the powers contained within the Council
Constitution do hereby
- The proposal to provide Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Top Up Fundingfor
those businesses that were eligible for and received either the
LRSG Restart Grant, the Back to Business Shared Accommodation Grant
or the Supply Chain Booster grant and who continue to be under
significant restrictions between 21 June 2021 and 19 July 2021
because of the delay to the roadmap out of lockdown.
- The proposal to deliver
Cyber Workforce Training Support for 200 freelance and
self-employed home-based businesses at no cost to the business and
provide the business with a grant award of £1,000 on
completion to help fund their associated expenses.
- The proposal to deliver Attack
Training & Awareness in Cyber (ATAC)for 100 Salford Small or
Medium Enterprises (SME) who occupy commercial premises in the city
at no cost to the business. And 6 months ongoing support and a
grant award for the business of £2,500 on completion of the
initial training to fund their associated expenses.
In March 2021, Central
Government announced that further ARG ‘Top Up’ funding
was available to be applied for in the event
that local authorities had spent their existing funding
allocation. Following the decision of the GMCA that GM authorities
should apply for additional ARG top up funding individually,
Salford’s application for this funding was submitted on 24
May 2021. The council’s allocation of ARG Top Up funding of
£1,989,653 was received on 23 June 2021.
Options considered and rejected were:
Not to apply for ARG Top Up
Assessment of Risk:
source of funding is:
Additional Restrictions Grant
(ARG) Top Up Funding.
Tony Hatton, Principal Solicitor, Tel. 0161 219
Government guidance suggests there is significant flexibility and
discretion around how a Council structures its grant award process,
so it does not require an application from companies to award
subsidies in connection with the ARG and Business Support Package
schemes, but the Council must ensure that it obtains up to date
information from the funded companies or organisations, e.g.
through a declaration they are eligible to accept the funding, so
it can be satisfied that its grant awards comply with any scheme
requirements, and for state aid/subsidy control
The guidance also says "The Local Authority must call or
write to the business, stating that by accepting the grant
payment, the business confirms that they are eligible for the grant
schemes. This includes where Local Authorities already
have bank details for businesses and are in a position to send out
funding immediately, or where the Local Authority is
sending a cheque to a business". So at least some form of
declaration will be required from funding recipients.
In other contexts, there may be a
requirement to run an open competition/application process to
select recipients who may be eligible for grant funding, but
view the full decision text for item 3a