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88.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 278 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting of Cabinet held on 4th February 2021 were approved as a correct record.

 

(Moved by Councillor R Pritchard and seconded by Councillor J Chesworth)

 

89.

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.

90.

Question Time:

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

Minutes:

None.

91.

Matters Referred to the Executive (Overview and Scrutiny Committee or by the Council) pdf icon PDF 108 KB

(Report of the Chairs of Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee and Corporate Scrutiny Committee)

Minutes:

Cabinet received the Report of the Chairs of the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny and the Corporate Scrutiny Committee which updated Cabinet and included the recommendations to it following consideration of matters by the Scrutiny Committees.

 

The Chair invited Councillor R Ford, the Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee to present the recommendations on the Green agenda item.  The recommendations were that:

  1. A working group be set up comprising the responsible Portfolio Holder, Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee and a member of the Opposition to review the contents of any report produced to help understand the council’s baseline carbon footprint.
  2. A commitment be made to engage with members of the public regarding the green agenda, seeking their views and input on the contents of any baseline report produced.

 

The Chair invited Councillor Ford to remain at the meeting whilst Cabinet considered the Climate Change Declaration update item which would then further consider the scrutiny recommendations.

 

The Chair invited Councillor T Jay, the Chair of the Corporate Scrutiny Committee to present the recommendations on the Quarterly Performance Report, Quarter 3.  Councillor Jay reported that the Corporate Scrutiny Committee had received the performance update and financial health check for Quarter 3 at its meeting on 3 February 2021 and the Committee recommended to Cabinet that Cabinet be advised of the areas where additional information had been sought by the Committee, in the form of an additional page being added to the report following the meeting.  The Chair reported that Corporate Scrutiny Committee had also endorsed the report.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

Cabinet approved the recommendation that the areas where additional information had been sought by the Committee be added to the report in the form of an additional page.

 

(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor M Cook)

 

 

 

92.

Quarter Three 2020/21 Performance Report pdf icon PDF 122 KB

(Report of the Leader of the Council)

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Minutes:

Cabinet received the Quarter 3 2020/21 performance update and financial Healthcheck. The report had been considered by Corporate Scrutiny Committee at their meeting on 3rd February 2021.  Requests for additional information were made at that meeting and were included at Appendix D.

 

 

RESOLVED that Cabinet approved:

 

  • the contents of this report,
  • the Corporate Scrutiny Committee recommendation that Cabinet be advised of the areas where additional information had been sought by the Committee, in the form of an additional page being added to the report following their meeting.

 

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

 

93.

Corporate Vision, Priorities Plan, Budget & Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

(Report of the Leader of the Council)

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Minutes:

The Leader of the Council proposed the Vision Statement, Priority Themes, Corporate Priorities and Plans and their inclusion in the Corporate Plan.

 

The recommended package of budget proposals to enable the Council to agree the:

 

General Fund (GF) Revenue Budget and Council Tax for 2021/22;

 

Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget for 2021/22;

 

5 Year General Fund Capital Programme (2021/26);

 

5 Year HRA Capital Programme (2021/26);

 

3 Year General Fund Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) (2021/24); and

 

5 Year HRA Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) (2021/26).

 

 

To comply with the requirement of the Council’s Treasury Management Policy in reporting to Council the proposed strategy for the forthcoming year and the Local Government Act 2003 with the reporting of the Prudential Indicators and the requirement to prepare an annual Corporate Capital Strategy.

 

The Leader reported that the Council received Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) income based on its policy for developments within the borough, 15% of the income is set aside in reserve to fund neighbourhood projects and the balance now stands at over £35,000. The Leader proposed an additional recommendation as set out at 28 below.

 

RESOLVED

That Cabinet endorsed the following recommendations to proceed to Council for approval:

 

1.          the Vision Statement, Priority Themes, Corporate Priorities and Outcomes for 2021/22 (Appendix A);

2.          the proposed revisions to Service Revenue Budgets (Policy Changes) (Appendix C);

3.          the sum of £60,376 be applied from Council Tax Collection Fund surpluses in reducing the Council Tax demand in 2021/22 (Appendix E);

4.          the sum of £7,137,191 be applied to Business Rates Collection Fund deficits in 2021/22, in part offset by a transfer from the Business Rates reserve of £6,876,350 (Appendix E);

5.          that on 3rd December 2020, the Cabinet calculated the Council Tax Base 2020/21 for the whole Council area as 22,366 [Item T in the formula in Section 31B(3) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as amended (the "Act")];

6.          that the Council Tax requirement for the Council’s own purposes for 2021/22 is £4,179,982 (Appendix E);

7.          the following amounts as calculated for the year 2021/22 in accordance with Sections 31 to 36 of the Act:

a.     £54,121,642 being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act (Outgoings excluding internal GF Recharges);

b.     £49,941,660 being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(3) of the Act (Income excluding internal GF Recharges);

c.     £4,179,982 being the amount by which the aggregate at 7(a) above exceeds the aggregate at 7(b) above, calculated by the Council in accordance with Section 31A(4) of the Act as its Council Tax requirement for the year (Item R in the formula in Section 31A(4) of the Act);

d.     £186.89 being the amount at 7(c) above (Item R), all divided by Item T (at 5 above), calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31B(1) of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 93.

94.

Climate Change Declaration Update pdf icon PDF 395 KB

(Report of the Leader of the Council)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council presented the report which:

 

1.     updated Cabinet on progress delivering the Climate Emergency which was declared at the Full Council meeting on the 19th November 2019; and

  1. provided a road map that would meet the Council’s target of becoming net-zero carbon for its activities by 2050 with an aspiration to achieve 2030 should the council be financially able to do so.

 

RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

  1. approved the release of contingency money to deliver Step 1 in the approach outlined in the report;
  2. approved the procurement and appointment of a specialist;
  3. agreed that once full council had elected a new Leader, at its meeting on 23 February 2021, to take leadership on 1 March 2021, Councillor D Cook write to the new Leader to recommend and supporting scrutiny’s recommendation that we designate a portfolio lead for climate change and that portfolio lead also has a member champion and that we also then look to let the portfolio lead and member champion form a working group to meet the aspirations of scrutiny and look to consult with the public; and
  4. approved the recommendation to report back to Cabinet and the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee on the outcomes of Stage 1, when ready.

 

(Moved by Councillor D Cook and seconded by Councillor M Cook)

 

 

 

95.

Write offs 01 April 2020 to 31 December 2020 pdf icon PDF 213 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Assets and Finance)

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Minutes:

The Report of the Portfolio Holder for Assets and Finance proposed that Members endorsed the amount of debt written off for the period 01 April 2020 to 31 December 2020.

 

RESOLVED That Cabinet endorsed the amount of debt written off for the period of 1st April 2020 to 31 December 2020 set out inAppendix A-E.

 

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

96.

Castle Review 2020 pdf icon PDF 260 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Heritage and Regeneration)

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Minutes:

The Portfolio Holder for Heritage and Regeneration presented to Cabinet the Castle Review that had been prepared in 2020 and which updated the previous 2018 version taking into account improving the commerciality of the venue. The Portfolio Holder thanked Officers and members of the Heritage working group for their input.

 

RESOLVED that Cabinet approved:

 

  1. the Castle Review undertaken in 2020 as detailed in the report and set out in Appendix 1; and
  2. the action plan and timetable for the delivery of the review recommendations as set out in Appendix 3.

 

(Moved by Councillor J Oates and seconded by Councillor D Cook)

 

97.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 131 KB

(Report of the Portfolio Holder for Regulatory and Community Safety)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The Portfolio Holder for Regulatory and Community Safety report set out the Council’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2019/20 for Cabinet’s approval.  The report had been previously considered by the Audit and Governance Committee on 11 February 2021.

 

RESOLVED  that Cabinet:

  • Noted that the Audit and Governance Committee had endorsed the statement on 11th February 2021;
  • Approved the Council’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2019/20.