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Levelling Up Fund (LUF) Bid round 2

Meeting: 14/06/2022 - Cabinet (Item 9)

9 LEVELLING UP FUND (LUF) GRANT APPLICATION APPROVAL pdf icon PDF 345 KB

To receive Report No. 109/2022 from the Leader of the Council.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet:

 

1.    APPROVED the submission of a joint application by Rutland County Council and Melton Borough Council for Round 2 of Levelling Up Funding, in line with the Councils Constitution Financial Procedure Rules. 

 

2.    Authority be DELEGATED to the Strategic Director – Places in consultation with the Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development toagree with Melton Borough Council which organisation acts as nominated Lead Local Authority for the Levelling Up Funding bid.  The Lead Local Authority function should be undertaken on a full cost recovery basis and a formal agreement between the two local authorities governing the working arrangements including a partnership governance structure.

 

3.    Authority be DELEGATED to the Section 151 Officer and Strategic Director – Places in consultation with the Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Portfolio Holder for Resources to include indicative match funding in the bid so long as it has no direct impact on the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan and subject to formal Council approval should the LUF bid prove successful.

 

4.    NOTED that the joint application was submitted on the basis that a detailed discussion regarding funding included any ongoing financial implications would be required should the Council be successful in securing the bid.  Any discussions would result in a Full Council decision to accept or reject funding offered.

Minutes:

Report No. 109/2022 was introduced by Councillor L Stephenson, Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Policy, Strategy, Partnerships and Economy.

 

The report sets out the rationale for the bid and the benefits to the residents of Rutland in terms of rural connectivity, enhanced cultural offer, town centre regeneration and the economic opportunities presented by the Levelling Up proposition.

The joint proposition with Melton BC included town centre regeneration of the two town centres of Oakham and Melton and the third component would be for a high impact travel scheme, through the provision of a new mobi-hub and improvements to the rural public transport network, connecting the four main market towns of the area. 

 

A lead authority was needed to manage the successful bid, the Council was a transport authority and Melton is not, therefore it was likely that it would fall upon Rutland. Additional resource must be sought for that to happen.

 

All Members welcomed the paper and were pleased with the transport aspects of the bid as transport links currently within the County were difficult.

 

Councillor S Harvey asked a question about the additional staffing costs that could be claimed back and if the Council could still claim if the bid was unsuccessful. Penny Sharp confirmed that the costs associated with the Local Authority would come if the bid was successful. In terms of costs of bidding, with Rutland being a Tier 2 authority, the Council was not eligible with capacity funding of which the Tier 1 authorities did get.

 

The deadline for submission was 6th July, with the short timeframe and the guidance being received at short notice, Councillor L Stephenson proposed two additional recommendations to be included within the original recommendations. this was seconded and upon being put to the vote the motion was unanimously agreed

 

RESOLVED

 

That Cabinet:

 

1.    APPROVED the submission of a joint application by Rutland County Council and Melton Borough Council for Round 2 of Levelling Up Funding, in line with the Councils Constitution Financial Procedure Rules. 

 

2.    Authority be DELEGATED to the Strategic Director – Places in consultation with the Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development toagree with Melton Borough Council which organisation acts as nominated Lead Local Authority for the Levelling Up Funding bid.  The Lead Local Authority function should be undertaken on a full cost recovery basis and a formal agreement between the two local authorities governing the working arrangements including a partnership governance structure.

 

3.    Authority be DELEGATED to the Section 151 Officer and Strategic Director – Places in consultation with the Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Portfolio Holder for Resources to include indicative match funding in the bid so long as it has no direct impact on the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan and subject to formal Council approval should the LUF bid prove successful.

 

4.    NOTED that the joint application was submitted on the basis that a detailed discussion regarding funding included any ongoing financial implications would be required  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9