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Criteria and process for distribution of the Local Authority discretionary grant under section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003..

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Government have provided Local Authorities with funds under section 1 of the Localism Act with the authority to distribute them to eligible organisations under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003.
The latest of these funds is referred to as the Local Authority Discretionary Fund and is for eligible organisations who, broadly, have not been eligible for other covid-19 grant funds in the current period.
Cambridge City Council has circa £1.1m to disburse under this grant. Government have set a range of criteria but have left discretion to the City Council to decide parameters around levels of funding to be disbursed to eligible applicants and any prioritisation they wish to make to meet local economic needs.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £300,000;

Decision status: For Determination

Decision due: Before 6 Jul 2020 by Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources

Contact: Sarah Steed, Committee Manager Email: sarah.steed@cambridge.gov.uk.

Background Information: The Government announced the additional funding in May 2020, and the latest version of the guidance was issued on 22nd May. Payments are ideally expected by Government to be made in early June, so there is an urgent need for decision on the key criteria.

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