Decision details

Staffordshire County Council's Response to Coronavirus COVID-19

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Our response to coronavirus COVID-19 is ongoing. We are working with partner organisations and communities to keep people safe and well and ease the pressure on the NHS.

This report provides an update on our leadership role and action to protect the most vulnerable, support the county’s care sector, and promote public health.

Decisions:

Philip Atkins

 

Photo of Cllr Alan White

 

“Our response to coronavirus COVID-19 is ongoing with an ever-growing focus on how we help Staffordshire, our economy and our communities to recover from the unprecedented disruption to our lives.

 

This report provides an update on our leadership role and action, and how we are working with partners to protect the most vulnerable, ease the pressure on the NHS, support the county’s care sector, promote public health, and reignite our economy

 

The Prime Minister has now set out plans for reopening our society. As a county council, we have recognised the need to restart our economy with the launch of our Back to Business campaign and we have been planning for how this council will support the county to recover for several weeks, including reopening some of our own services.

 

It is hugely important for businesses to open their doors, people to get back to work and education and communities and services to rebuild, but this has to be when it is safe to do so and at the right pace.

 

Over the coming weeks and months, we will all be treading a very fine line as we gradually reopen this county and this country. This is absolutely not a green light for everyone and everything to go back to as we were before the pandemic.”

 

Philip Atkins OBE, Leader of the Council

 

“I continue to hear about the incredible work of our staff, care workers, volunteers, friends and neighbours who are stepping up and doing their bit for people across the county. So many people are working round the clock to meet this once-in-a generation challenge and I continue to thank each and every one of them. My thoughts also go out to the many families and friends who have lost loved ones to this terrible disease often in heart-breaking circumstances.”

 

Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the progress made to date on assessing the current Coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the Council services and finances.

 

(Note by Clerk: The Chairman of the Corporate Review Committee agreed to the decision below being exempt from call-in as any delay likely to be caused by the call-in process would seriously prejudice the Council’s or the public’s interests or the interests of any persons to whom the decision relates.)

 

Decision (a) That the progress of Staffordshire County Council’s response to coronavirus COVID-19 be noted.

 

(b) That the Council’s Thanks be formally extended to its staff, care workers and volunteers for their efforts to support the response.

 

(c) That it be agreed that the additional government grant of £15.4m be allocated to the 2020/21 revenue budget.

 

(d) That further extra funding of £4.3m from the additional grant to support care providers, as set out in Table 1 to the report, be approved.

 

(e) That authority be given to individual members of the Senior Leadership Team (in consultation with the Leader and Deputy Leader where practicable) to incur further expenditure from the £15.4m budget up to a maximum of £2m per item of expenditure where it is considered necessary by the Council’s Incident Management Team or the Senior Leadership Team to address the implications arising from the COVID-19 emergency. Any items of expenditure in excess of £2m will continue to require authorisation by Cabinet in the usual way.

Report author: Rob Salmon

Publication date: 21/05/2020

Date of decision: 20/05/2020

Decided at meeting: 20/05/2020 - Cabinet

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