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Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

Meeting: 22/03/2022 - Cabinet (Item 167)

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Report of the Strategic Directors, Economy, Innovation & Growth and Resources and Digital


Consideration has been given to the scope of support to be provided through the Council’s COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) scheme to help businesses that have been adversely impacted by Covid-19.




The alternative option to that being recommended, but which was discounted, included awarding a fixed level of relief to qualifying applicants.






That the proposed Covid-19 Additional Rate Relief (CARF) scheme as detailed in the report and delegation of authority to the Strategic Director, Economy, Innovation & growth, following consultation with the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital and the Cabinet Member for Economy, to administer the fund in line with government guidance, including agreeing the level of relief to be awarded, be approved.




The above decision has been made for the following reasons:






To ensure allocated funds are maximised for the benefit of the Gateshead economy.






To enable local business impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic to receive support to continue to trade and survive.






To protect jobs and keep residents in work.






To ensure essential local services continue to be available to residents of Gateshead.






To administer the funds in compliance with government guidance.