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1.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 238 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 19th March2020 were approved and signed as a correct record.

 

(Moved by Councillor J Oates and seconded by Councillor J Chesworth)

 

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (pecuniary and non-pecuniary) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.

 

When Members are declaring a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Interest.

3.

Question Time:

To answer questions from members of the public pursuant to Executive Procedure Rule No. 13

Minutes:

No questions received

4.

Matters Referred to the Cabinet in Accordance with the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules

Minutes:

None

5.

Quarter Four 2019/20 Performance Report pdf icon PDF 120 KB

(Report of the Leader of the Council)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council provided Cabinet with a performance update and financial Health check. The report was considered by Corporate Scrutiny Committee at their meeting on 17th June 2020

 

RESOLVED

That Cabinet;

 

 

Approved an immediate suspension of all non-essential spending and that the budget be revised to remove these following the preparation of the first quarterly monitoring report, and

 

 

Endorsed the contents of this report

 

(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor S Doyle)

 

6.

Capital Outturn Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 474 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Assets and Finance)

Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Assets and Finance advised Members of the final outturn of the Authority’s Capital Programme for 2019/20 (subject to audit confirmation) and requested formal approval to re-profile specific programme budgets into 2020/21.

 

RESOLVED

That Cabinet;

 

1

Received the final outturn position of the 2019/20 capital programme as summarised in Appendix A;

 

2

approved for each of the projects detailed in Appendix B the re-profiling of the budget into the Authority’s Capital Programme 2020/21 (total £21.080m); and

 

3

Approved that the Building Repairs fund contribution of £0.56m allocated by Cabinet to the Assembly Rooms scheme be retained in reserve which will mean additional borrowing will be required to fund the outturn for the Assembly Rooms scheme.

 

 

(Moved by Councillor R Pritchard and seconded by Councillor M Cook)

 

 

7.

Questions submitted By Councillor Dr S Peaple

Questions submitted by Councillor Dr S Peaple and responded to ahead of the Cabinet Meeting

 

Minutes:

Question 1

 

Does the reference, in the first paragraph on Page 2, to the “revenue budget” mean the general fund revenue budget? Does this mean that Recommendation 3 is asking Cabinet to hold back a planned revenue contribution to a capital programme from last year’s budget to help plug a gap in the current year’s revenue budget? What are the revenue implications for the additional borrowing required?

 

Answer

 

Yes the reference is to supporting General Fund ‘Revenue Budget’. The proposal is to retain the planned contribution of £560k (that was planned to support Assembly Rooms) in a revenue reserve so it will be available to support the MTFS (in 2020/21 or later years as necessary). The revenue impact of borrowing the £560k is estimated at c. £20k p.a. (over a period of 30 years – subject to the valuer’s confirmation as part of the accounts process). As the report states, this includes an associated increase in minimum revenue provision and interest costs written down annually over the estimated life of the improvements (as indicated by the valuer). Interest costs will be minimal due to the current base rate forecasts.

 

Question 2

 

GF Contingency Plant and Equipment – if this was based on a business case, why is it not needed?

 

Answer

 

This is a contingency budget to be used if it would prove more financially beneficial/better VFM to purchase plant and /or equipment rather than lease. Business case would be examined on a case by case basis.

 

Question 3

 

Refurb of Marmion House contingency – the budget was apparently rolled over from last year and was not needed this year but is still being re-profiled into next year. As this is specific to reception, what concerns are there that have not yet manifested themselves?

 

Answer

 

The impact of Covid-19 has changed the plans for this budget.  The money was set aside to refresh reception and the plan was to do this and move the contact centre to the ground floor.  With everyone now working at home for the foreseeable future then this has been paused.  However we need to do a piece of work around our most vulnerable residents and how they are accessing our services and what their needs are – which will inform the need for the budget.

 

Question 4

 

It is stated that the £30K to be spent under the Homelessness Reduction Act is not expected to be spent this year – given the huge pressures on the service this seems illogical, but does not spending it have any implications for our ability to apply for DHCLG funding in 2020/1 and beyond?

 

Answer

 

The Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy is currently under review with a cabinet report set for approval in the Autumn 2020.  This will include an updated evidence base as well as spending and delivery plan.  A full review of expenditure is underway and it is expected that funds will be committed to facilitate homeless prevention, especially arising as a result of COVID.

 

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