Decision details

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants Support Policy

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


This is a new business support grant scheme that has been created following government announcements of additional funding to be distributed to eligible businesses by local authorities, in light of the Omicron variant.


The policy also provides an update in relation to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to support businesses who are not eligible for the main Omicron grant scheme.


To approve the update to the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants Support policy as detailed within the ‘Subject Matter’ box above.


This policy has been developed following guidance from Government and in consultation with the Lead Cabinet Officer for Business Recovery and Skills.



Local authorities are responsible for delivering funding support to eligible businesses in response to measures that have been put in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants Support policy sets out how SCDC will administer support to businesses impacted by the rise of the Omicron variant.  In order to formalise updated arrangements for carrying out this function in line with government guidance, the Chief Executive, in exercise of the emergency delegation in paragraph 4.4 of the Scheme of Delegation in Part 3 of the Constitution, and the emergency delegation approved by the Leader of the Council on 30 March 2020, authorising the Chief Executive to exercise all executive functions, or to authorise specified officers to exercise any such functions, and after consultation with the Leader of the Council:-


1  Approves the updated Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants Support policy, including details of how grant schemes will be administered.

2. Authorises the Chief Finance Office to approve future individual discretionary grants for small businesses, as set out within the policy.

Reasons for the decision:

Due to the Covid 19 emergency and the need for the Council to administer these grants in line with Government guidance and to support local businesses impacted by the pandemic and subsequent restrictions.

Alternative options considered:

None.  The Council is responding to Central Government direction.

Publication date: 14/01/2022

Date of decision: 14/01/2022

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