Decision details

Restart Grants Scheme

Decision Maker: Leader of Lewes District Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


To consider the proposed Restart Grant Scheme (RGS) ‘Closed’ for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses which may open later under plans set out in the Government’s roadmap.


The Leader of the Council has approved the Restart Grants scheme April 2021 and granted the Director of Service Delivery delegated authority, to implement, and if necessary, amend each Policy (in consultation with the Leader). Such delegated authority will include any measures necessary for or incidental to its management and administration


In accordance with section 17 of the Council’s Policy and Performance Advisory Committee Procedure Rules, the call-in procedure shall not apply to this decision given its urgency. A decision is urgent if, in the view of the decision maker, any delay likely to be caused by the call-in process would, for example, seriously prejudice the Council’s or the public’s interests.


In accordance with this section, it is the opinion of the decision maker that this decision is an urgent one and therefore exempt from call-in.

Reasons for the decision:

This is a new scheme which needs to be implemented as a matter of urgency and so executive approval for the scheme is being sought from the Leader. The Leader is being asked to authorise the Director of Service Delivery to implement and administer the scheme as there is no existing officer delegation in place.

Alternative options considered:

This additional funding will be made available by Government as an emergency measure to support businesses that continue to be impacted by local restrictions. Time does not permit alternative options.

Urgent item?: Yes

Publication date: 31/03/2021

Date of decision: 26/03/2021

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