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Items
No. Item

41.

Declarations of Interest

    Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.   

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest.

42.

Finance Update Report 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 390 KB

    To update on the Council’s financial position as at the end of July 2017.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Corporate & Resources introduced a report updating Cabinet on the Council’s financial position as at the end of July 2017 and sought approval of Budget Pressures Fund and Capital Virement expenditure.   

     

    Alternatives considered:

    Not reporting on financial performance puts at risk the achievement of the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan. Effective budget management is regarded as critical to ensure that financial resources are spent in line with the budget and are targeted towards the Council’s priorities. Monitoring enables the early identification of variations against the plan and facilitates timely corrective action.

     

    Decision:

    1.    The 2017/18 Budget position for Capital, Revenue, Savings & the Collection Fund as at the end of July 2017 be noted;

    2.    That the reported Revenue Budget and Capital Budget adjustments be noted;

    3.    The Revenue Budget Pressure Fund requests detailed in paragraph 4.1.4 of the submitted report be approved;

    4.    The Capital Virement request detailed in 4.4.2.paragraph of the submitted report, be approved;

    5.    The Capital Re-phasing and underspends be noted.

     

    Reasons for the recommendations:

    Effective budget management is critical to ensuring financial resources are spent in line with the budget and are targeted towards the Council’s priorities. Monitoring enables the early identification of variations against the plan and facilitates timely corrective action. The submitted report provided an overview of the Financial Position for the Council and focuses on the position as at the end of July 2017. 

43.

Collection Fund 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 153 KB

    To update on the Council’s forecast 2017/18 Collection Fund position as at the end of July 2017.

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Corporate & Resources introduced a report updating Cabinet on the Council’s Collection Fund outturn position as at the end of July 2017.

     

    Alternatives considered:

    That item was reported for information.

     

    Decision:

    That the Council’s Collection Fund outturn position as at the end of July 2017 be noted.

     

    Reason for decision:

    Monitoring enables the early identification of variations against the plan and facilitates timely corrective action.

44.

Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018/19 to 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 102 KB

45.

Revenue Budget Update 2018/19 to 2020/21 and Saving Programme 2018/19 to 2019/201 pdf icon PDF 588 KB

    To consider the latest position regarding the Council’s Revenue Budget for 2018/19 to 2020/21, and Savings Proposals in order to meet the budget gap for 2018/19 and 2019/20.

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Corporate & Resources introduced a report updating the Cabinet on the latest position regarding the Council’s Revenue Budget for 2018/19 to 2020/21, seeking approval of proposed a Savings Proposals not requiring service consultation and approval of consultation on identified Workforce Savings Proposals.

     

    Alternatives considered:

    Whilst budgets are prepared in accordance with the approved guidelines a number of alternative options relating to savings proposals and budget pressures are considered as part of the overall budget setting process.

     

    Decision:

    1.    The Revenue Budget position for 2018/19 to 2020/21 and the potential risks around the Revenue Budget be noted;

    2.    Consideration of the Savings Proposals be undertaken at agenda item 12, following the exclusion of press and public from the meeting.

     

    Reason for decision:

    The Council is required to set a balanced budget for 2018/19 by the by 11th March 2018.

46.

Discretionary Fees & Charges 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

    To consider proposed fee and charge levels, by service, for 2018/19.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Corporate & Resources introduced a report seeking approval to progress for consultation, proposed discretionary fees and charges for 2018/19. 

     

    Alternatives considered:

    Not to review or increase our fees and charges. This would potentially reduce the income available to the Council and make it more difficult to achieve a balanced budget.

     

    Decision:

    That consultation be undertaken on the proposed discretionary fees and charges for 2018/19. 

     

    Reason for decision:

    The Authority carries out an annual review of discretionary fees and charges as part of the budget setting process. It is a requirement of this process that Elected Members agree a general level of increase for all income streams taking into account the prevailing rate of inflation. For the 2018/19 financial year, Elected Members are being asked to agree an increase of 2.0%, wherever possible to ensure that the Authority sets a balanced budget for the forthcoming year (2018/19).

47.

Capital Programme 2018/19 to 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 249 KB

    To consider the proposed 2018/19 Capital Programme and provisional programmes for 2019/20 and 2020/21.

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Corporate & Resources introduced a report seeking approval for submission to consultation on the proposed Capital Programme 2018/19 – 2020/21.

     

    Alternatives considered:

    The Capital Programme for 2018/19 to 2020/21 takes into consideration the priorities of the Council and the resources available.  Consultation on the proposed Capital Programme is legally required.

     

    Decision:

    The Capital Programme and provisional programmes for 2019/20 and 2020/21, be approved to be sent out for consultation.

     

    Reasons for decision:

    The Council is legally obliged to set a balanced budget.  Budgets are prepared in accordance with the approved guidelines.

48.

Exclusion of Press and Public

    To consider that the press and public be excluded from the remaining part of the meeting pursuant to Section 100(A)4 of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that discussions may involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the provisions of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and public interest would not be served in publishing the information.

    Minutes:

    Decision:

    That the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following three items of business, in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.

     

    Reason for Decision:

    Should the press and public remain during debate on these items there may be a disclosure of information that is deemed to be exempt under Parts 1 and 4 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

49.

Revenue Budget Update 2018/19 to 2020/21 and Saving Programme 2018/19 to 2019/20 ((Part B)

    To consider Savings Proposals in order to meet the budget gap for 2018/19 and 2019/20.

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet Member for Corporate & Resources introduced a report seeking approval of proposed Savings Proposals not requiring service consultation and approval of consultation on identified Workforce Savings Proposals.

     

    In considering the report Cabinet Members sought clarification on work undertaken to provide alternative solutions to the proposed Savings Proposals.   

     

    Alternatives considered:

    Whilst budgets are prepared in accordance with the approved guidelines a number of alternative options relating to savings proposals and budget pressures are considered as part of the overall budget setting process.

     

    Decision:

    1.         The identified Savings Proposals not requiring Service consultation be approved;

    2.         The Workforce Savings Proposals requiring consultation be determined as follows:

     

    Saving Proposal

     

    EC-2018-19-010

    Approved for consultation

    NH-2018-19-015

    Approved for consultation

    NH-2018-19-019

    Withdrawn

    ICT-2018-19-021

    Approved for consultation

    NH-2018-19-022

    Approved for consultation

    NH-2018-19-023

    Approved for consultation

    NH-2018-19-016

    Approved for consultation

     

    Reason for decision:

    The Council is required to set a balanced budget for 2018/19 by the by 11th March 2018.