Levelling Up Fund Applications
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
The Cabinet considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director (Growth and Housing) setting out the proposed approach to applications to the Government’s Levelling-Up Fund (LUF) and the outcomes that would be achieved by successful bids.
Reasons for decision:
The outcomes and benefits to be gained from these three bids cut across a significant number of the Southend 2050 outcomes. If successful, the LUF funded projects themselves will support some of Southend’s key sectors, driving up footfall and spend, thereby safeguarding and potentially creating jobs. They will also enhance the visitor offer, deliver improvements to traffic flows, environmental impact and community cohesion.
1. It could be decided not to pursue any LUF bids and focus on existing projects in the capital programme. This would be to the detriment of Southend both in terms of the funding which could be attracted to deliver existing 2050 priorities while supporting economic recovery, and in terms of reputation and actively pursuing levelling-up and growth ambitions.
2. Alternatively the Council could decide to pursue other projects for the three bids. As the proposed bids are rooted in consultation and delivery of 2050 outcomes, this could risk disenfranchisement and reputational damage amongst stakeholders and delay economic recovery.
Note: This is a Council Function
Referred direct to Special Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee
Cabinet Member: Cllr Gilbert
Report author: Emma Cooney
Publication date: 18/06/2021
Date of decision: 15/06/2021
Decided at meeting: 15/06/2021 - Cabinet