Report of the leader of the council
1. To receive the report of the leader of the council.
2. Urgent cabinet decision
In accordance with the Scrutiny Committee Procedure Rules, a Cabinet or Cabinet member decision can be taken as a matter of urgency, if any delay by the call in process would seriously prejudice the council’s or the public’s interest or that the decision cannot reasonably be deferred. Treating the decision as a matter of urgency must be agreed by the chair of the Scrutiny Committee and must be reported to Council, together with the reasons for urgency.
Council is requested to note the details of the following urgent decision.
Additional Restriction Grant Defrayal Omicron Update
On 1 February 2022, Councillor Bethia Thomas, Cabinet member for Community Engagement, took a decision to approve amendments to the Vale of White Horse District Council Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme – Winter 2021 to account for Omicron updates and to authorise the head of development and corporate landlord, in consultation with the head of finance, to award grants.
The chair of the Scrutiny Committee agreed to waive call in to allow the funds to be awarded immediately to meet Government conditions for the scheme or risk losing available business support funds.
Councillor Emily Smith, Leader of the council, provided an update on a number of matters. The text of her address is available on the council’s website.
Council noted the details of an urgent decision taken by Councillor Bethia Thomas, Cabinet member for Community Engagement, to approve amendments to the Vale of White Horse District Council Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme.