Decision details

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Contract - Kick-start Funding

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


RESOLVED:  That that the Corporate Director for Community, following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning, Regeneration and Employment, be authorised to enter into a Grant Agreement with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for Harrow Council to become a Kickstart Scheme Gateway on behalf of a group of employers to help them create jobs for young people at risk of long-term unemployment; with operational management delegated to Head of Service Economic Development and Manager Economic Development.


Reason for Decision:   The number of young people unemployed in Harrow had risen 349% between November 2019 & November 2020 (1,885 in November 2020) as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.  The Grant from the DWP would provide funding to support Young People claiming universal credits into 6 month paid placements.  It would provide funding up to £7648.80 per eligible person.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.


Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.


[Call-in did not apply to the resolution above as a waiver of call-in had been obtained by the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the reasons set out in the published public notice].

Report author: Mark Billington

Publication date: 22/01/2021

Date of decision: 21/01/2021

Decided at meeting: 21/01/2021 - Cabinet

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