The subject of the decision
The Assistant Chief Executive (Innovation and Commercial) submitted a report which sought members approval of the governance arrangements relating to the delivery and decision-making process for the programme following the submission of the Investment Plan for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).
An Investment Plan was submitted by Allerdale to Government on 26 August 2022. It was important to ensure that an appropriate decision-making mechanism was in place to enable the funding to be allocated and for the delivery of the programme to be commenced within the timescale.
Following the submission the Government announced the Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF), a top up to the UKSPF and the Council was required to submit an addendum to the Investment Plan by 30 November 2022.
Councillor M Fitzgerald moved the recommendations as per the report; this was seconded by Councillor C Sharpe. The motion was unanimously agreed.
Alternative options considered
Not to approve the funding allocations and governance arrangements as per the report.
The reason for the decision
Following the submission of the Investment Plan for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to Government for approval, it was necessary to confirm the governance arrangements relating to the delivery of the proposed investment.
1. An Allerdale UKSPF Investment Panel be established to include the Assistant Chief Executive (Innovation and Commercial) and the Programme Director (Workington) and a finance representative to determine the appropriate commissioning route for each intervention theme and to make funding recommendations following the appraisal of business cases;
2. Following consideration of recommendations from the Allerdale UKSPF Investment Panel funding awards be agreed by the Leader of the Council in consultation with the S151 Officer and Monitoring Officer;
3. Members delegate the submission of the REPF addendum to the Investment Plan to the Assistant Chief Executive (Policy, Performance and Economic Strategy) in consultation with the Leader of the Council, Chief Executive, the Monitoring Officer and the Section 151 Officer.