Decision details

Review of Urgent Officer Decisions Taken to Support Covid-19 Response

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adult Care

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The purpose of the report is to provide the Cabinet Member with an update in relation to those actions which were the subject of Officer’s Decisions utilising emergency decision making powers as detailed in the constitution and to provide assurance in relation to the reviews which have been undertaken.


The Cabinet Member for Adult Care note the latest position following the review of decisions made under urgent delegated powers arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Reasons for the decision:

During the Covid-19 pandemic several urgent officer decisions were made by the Executive Director for Adult Social Care and Health. These decisions could not be made through the Council’s normal democratic procedures due to the impact of the pandemic on democratic procedures. Any decisions remaining are now static and unlikely to change within the short to medium term.

The Officer Decisions have been continually reviewed on a fortnightly and now monthly basis by the Executive Director for Adult Social Care and Health and their Senior Management Team. These are routinely reported to the Cabinet member at their monthly meeting. Where a decision no longer requires to remain in place this will be reported to the Cabinet Member and removed from future summary reports.

Alternative options considered:

There are two options available with regards the reporting of Urgent Officer Decisions – not to report them or to report to the Council’s cabinet, neither of which would not be in line with the Council’s Constitution

Publication date: 20/01/2022

Date of decision: 20/01/2022

Effective from: 28/01/2022

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