{meta} Agenda for Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing on Thursday, 14 October 2021, 9.00 am

Agenda and decisions

Venue: Microsoft Teams Meeting. View directions

Contact: Claire Edwards 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence.

2.

Declarations of interest.

3.

Items for Decision (Part 1 - Open to the Public):

3a

Additional Resources Grant (ARG) Top Up Funding. pdf icon PDF 403 KB

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

I, Councillor Hinds, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution do hereby approve:

 

  • 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.

 

The Reasons are:

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 Funding.

 

Assessment of Risk:

Low

 

The source of funding is:

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Top Up Funding.

 

Legal Advice obtained: Tony Hatton, Principal Solicitor, Tel. 0161 219 6323

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 purposes.

 

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

4.

Exclusion of the Public.

5.

Items for Decision (Part 2 - Closed to the Public): No items.