Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Reasons for the Decision – To consider an update from the COVID-19 Member Led Local Outbreak Control Board including the Council’s continuing efforts to prevent and control the spread of Covid-19; the rapid increase in the number of cases of Covid-19 in Staffordshire at the end of October and its impact on the NHS, compounded by staff shortages due to sickness and/or self-isolation; the profound effect of the ongoing restrictions on physical and mental well-being and the economy including rising levels of obesity and poor diet; the Council’s management of incidents in a range of settings, including care providers, schools and workplaces; improvements to the availability of testing, with more NHS Test and Trace facilities available, complemented by a Community Testing team at a range of sites across the county and plans to roll out rapid testing.
The Cabinet were also informed that the Department for Work and Pensions had announced a significant package of extra financial support for those most in need of help with the cost of food, energy and water bills, and other associated costs this winter. The £170 million COVID-19 Winter Grant Scheme would be available from December until the 31 March 2021, with the County Council receiving just over £2.2m to support people in Staffordshire. At least 80% of the total funding would be ring-fenced to support families with children, with up to 20% of the total funding to other types of households, including individuals. For Staffordshire this equated to £1.77 million for children and £440,000 for adults.
Decision – (a) That the report be received.
(b) That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Mark Sutton, to decide the eligibility criteria for distribution of the Covid-19 Winter Grant Scheme, and to take all other decisions precedent and subsequent thereto, to ensure that this support gets to those who need it as quickly as possible.
Report author: Dr Richard Harling
Publication date: 19/11/2020
Date of decision: 18/11/2020
Decided at meeting: 18/11/2020 - Cabinet
Effective from: 25/11/2020