Decision details

Covid 19 - Recovery Plan

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Council

Decision status: Noted

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The report will set out the impacts on the Council and its communities and will provide a recovery plan to help communities and businesses recovery from the impacts of C19 as quickly as possible. It will also set out a future services framework in which to consider its priorities.




a)           that the recommendations and comments from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee 30 June 2020 be considered;


b)           that the serious impact Covid -19 has had on the Council’s finances be noted and taken into account when considering this report;


c)           that the Governance arrangements as set out in appendix 6 be approved and;


d)           that progress on the Recovery Action Plans and Future Services Framework be reported to the Cabinet and Overview and Scrutiny Committee every 3 months.




(a)  the Covid 19 Recovery Action Plans for the four thematic areas as set out in appendices 1-4 as amended;


(b)  the future services framework as set out in appendix 5;


(c) the following policy options:


(i)           to forego the Homefinder’s fee at a cost of £20k pa;


(ii)          to contribute up to £20k towards an economic impact study for Novium, CFT and PHG. To be funded from reserves;


(iii)        to increase the current level of support for Visit Chichester by £100k per year in years 2020/21, 2021/22 & 2022/23  and provide new support of £130k per year in 2023/24 & 2024/25, and that delegated powers is given to the Director for Growth and Place to approve a new Service Level Agreement with Visit Chichester following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Communities and Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration;


(iv)        to create a new grants fund of £500k. To include £250k for a Community Recovery Grants Fund and £250k for an Economic Recovery Grants Fund, and that delegated powers are given to the Director of Housing & Communities and the Director of Growth and Place to approve criteria for the grants following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Communities and Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration respectively. To be funded by reducing the sum allocated for parish NHB grants by an equivalent amount.

Report author: Mrs Diane Shepherd

Publication date: 09/07/2020

Date of decision: 07/07/2020

Decided at meeting: 07/07/2020 - Cabinet

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