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Decision details

Approval for cessation of food hygiene rating inspections

Decision Maker: Jessica Gibbons (Director - Communities and Neighbourhood Services)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To approve the cessation of all food hygiene rating inspections for all categories of food premises.

Reasons for the decision:

2. This decision would in other circumstances be taken by Cabinet. However, in circumstances where the Cabinet or the relevant Cabinet Member is unable to meet to expedite its functions in a timely manner during the COVID-19 pandemic, this decision is being taken in accordance with the power referred to in paragraph 1 above [in consultation with Chief Executive Officers, other Directors and the relevant Cabinet Member. This decision will be reported to the next meeting of the Cabinet.

3. The background to this decision is the COVID-19 pandemic . Guidance was initially issued by the Food Standards Agency on 13 March 2020 which advised restricting inspections to high risk food premises. This advice has been superseded by advice issued on 20 March which states that until 17 April 2020, all planned feed, food hygiene and food standards interventions should be deferred.

4. I confirm that in making this decision I have considered the following in line with Wiltshire Council’s Constitution:

Key decision requirements: yes

Views of relevant cabinet member(s), committee chairman, area board(s): yes

Consideration of the area boards and delegated decision checklist for officers on the issue of when and how to involve local councillors and area boards in decisions about local services: NA

Implication of any council policy, initiative, strategy or procedure: Ys

Consultation in accordance with requirements and expectations of
consultation with the public: Consultation with the public was not possible in light of the urgency of the decision.

Range of options available: FSA notice to stop food related work

Staffing, financial and legal implications: Yes

Risk assessment: Yes

Involvement of statutory officers and/or directors: To be considered by CEOs

Regional or national guidance from other bodies:FSA letter of 20 March

The council’s constitution: Yes

This contract is suitable for execution under the e-signature process: N/A

Alternative options considered:

There are no other options.

Conflict of Interest: Not applicable.

Background: 1. Pursuant to paragraph 4 of Part 3 Section D, the Directors of Wiltshire Council are is empowered to take all necessary decisions in cases of emergency. This decision is being taken by Jess Gibbons, Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods using these powers in circumstances where the Director concerned believes that there is a risk of damage to property, a threat to the health or wellbeing of an individual and/or that the interests of the Council may be compromised if this decision is not otherwise taken.

Contact: Jessica Gibbons Email: jessica.gibbons@Wiltshire.gov.uk.

Publication date: 01/06/2020

Date of decision: 23/03/2020

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