Decision details

COVID-19 SKDC - Recovery Plan

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No




Cabinet approves the framework for developing a COVID-19 Recovery Plan and notes the upcoming activities in the “Restart” phase of the framework.


 Reasons for decision:


1.         The report of the Leader of the Council on the development of a COVID-19 Recovery Plan for South Kesteven District Council.

2.         The development of a Corporate Plan and a revised Budgetary Framework alongside the COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

3.         The proposed four stage recovery framework: ‘Response’, ‘Restart’, ‘Recover’ and ‘Reshape’, with a reset review between stages.

4.         The interactions between intended actions built into the 2020/21 budget and the new developments required in response to COVID-19.

5.         Plans for the phased re-opening of certain services as part of the ‘Restart’ phase and the full list of activities as set out in Appendices 1 to 5 of the report of the Leader of the Council.

6.         The proposed internal governance approach for the ‘Restart’ phase.

7.         The partnership working arrangements set out in section 7 of the report.

8.         Consultation with partners and external stakeholders about the nature of the recovery plan.

9.         The stage 1 equality analysis attached as Appendix 7 to the Leader’s report.

10.      The Risk Register attached as Appendix 8 to the report of the Leader of the Council, which set out key risks and the actions in place to mitigate their impact.


Other options considered and rejected:


Option 1


Do nothing and continue with a reactive approach and delegated decisions for the foreseeable future. This was rejected as it was felt that it was important to ensure plans were developed to steer activity.


Option 2


Do the minimum, waiting to produce the September amended budget report and incorporate all future actions into this. This was rejected as it would combine strategy, finance and an emerging COVID-19 environment into a single document, which could be very complex and therefore less transparent.


Option 3


Return to ‘normal’ and create a Corporate Plan and amended budget through standard processes and rely on adopted Scrutiny and decision-making processes (and internal line management) for enacting decisions. This was rejected as it was felt that the situation was too volatile; this was seen to be more appropriate at the ‘Reshape’ phase.

Publication date: 17/06/2020

Date of decision: 16/06/2020

Decided at meeting: 16/06/2020 - Cabinet

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