grounds for urgency is due to:
the severity of the economic crisis
the recently announced deadline for
closure of the scheme, and
the reduction in Government support schemes
for businesses as the lockdown measures are eased.
Businesses are expected to re-open in a
challenging trading environment.
Furthermore, from the 1 August 2020,
businesses are required to make financial contributions to the furlough job retention
scheme, the level of grant will be reduced each month and completely phased out
by October 2020. This will add further financial pressure and risk to the
borough’s businesses, currently furloughing over 30,000 employees. Therefore,
there are strong grounds for extreme urgency and it would not be prudent, nor
in the public / taxpayers’ interest to wait for either:
days’ notice to be given for a key decision
clear days’ notice to be given before the decision is taken
in to expire.
For the reasons
set out above, the Chief Executive has agreed both that the decision proposed
is reasonable and is to be treated as a matter of urgency. Any delay
likely to be caused by the call-in process would prejudice the public interest
and result inconsiderable loss of grant funding the council has received to
support businesses and the local economy.
that the decision is urgent and cannot be reasonably deferred, the agreement of
the Chair of Overview and Scrutiny Committee has been obtained under paragraph
D16 of the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules in the Constitution that the
decision be taken without giving the notice referred to above”