Decision details

Staffordshire Means Back to Business: Investing in our Economy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

Following discussions with District and Borough Councils it was agreed that there could be an opportunity to pool small amounts of the recently received Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to enable some complementary countywide offers to be developed, yet which were also bespoke to a particular locality. This report sets out a programme of activity that is deliberately designed to allow a number of authorities to pool funding as required. The programme is a combination of opportunities to top-up existing Countywide programmes, therefore working to guarantee outputs in certain localities and delivering new schemes that support skills development and businesses to “thrive” as we transition between lockdown and new Tier System, and face the ongoing challenges presented by Covid-19.

Decisions:

 

“It is critical that as a county council we continue to prioritise support for small businesses and people whose jobs or employment prospects have been impacted by the pandemic.

 

In an area like Staffordshire that has a county council plus district and borough councils with their own COVID-19 funding this support is far more effectively delivered by close collaborative working between councils and a range of other partners to make our respective funding go further. We hope that our three new programmes will enable the Additional Restrictions Grant to reach more people affected by the pandemic. We owe it to businesses and communities to direct all available funding where it is needed most, and vitally to make it accessible as soon as possible.

 

The new programmes are designed to complement existing support schemes and cover gaps in the assistance already available. We look forward to working with colleagues across our districts and boroughs to get them off the ground imminently.”

 

Philip White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the delivery of further investment in our economy, by the County Council and its partners, most notably through enhanced two tier working.

 

Decision – (a) That it be agreed that £862,000 of Staffordshire County Councils resources are made available to support the following activities:

 

·       Staffordshire 500, Apprentices Wage Support (£500,000)

·       Nil Cost Training for Employers Top Up Project (£104,000)

·       Small Business “To Thrive” Financial Support (£150,000)

·       Additional Capacity (up to £108,000)

 

(b) That authority be given to the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, in consultation with the Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills and the Director for Corporate Services, to amend the proposed allocations and capacity, in light of ongoing discussions with Staffordshire’s Districts and Boroughs within the envelope of resources allocated in (a) above.

Report author: Anthony Hodge

Publication date: 21/01/2021

Date of decision: 20/01/2021

Decided at meeting: 20/01/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 27/01/2021

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