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92.

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.

93.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 80 KB

94.

Review of Local Living Wage pdf icon PDF 391 KB

    Cabinet will consider a report about the annual review of the Council`s Local Living Wage.

    Minutes:

    Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Resources providing details of the outcome of the annual review of the Council`s Local Living Wage and presenting options for consideration to a change in the rate of pay. 

     

    Alternatives considered:

    To disregard the Rowntree Foundation Living Wage Rate and apply a nominal increase in the Local Living Wage of 0.05pence per hour from £8.45 to £8.50 per hour to align with SCP 6 of the National spinal column rate.

     

    Decision:

    (1)  Approve an increase of the Local Living Wage to the rate of £8.75 per hour, corresponding to the increase in the Rowntree Foundation Living Wage Rate, this would result in an increase to the local supplement outside of the National spinal column rate for SCP10 of 0.01pence per hour.

    (2)  Approve future increases to the Local Living Wage, in line with the Rowntree Foundation Living Wage Rate, until such time as the National spinal column rate is at an equivalent amount, subject to annual costs not exceeding £100k.

     

    Reason for decision:

    In accordance with previous commitments to align the Local Living Wage to the Rowntree Foundation living Wage Rate.

95.

Section 106 - Boroughwide Formal Sport pdf icon PDF 135 KB

    Cabinet will consider a report about Section 106 funding for Boroughwide Formal Sport.

    Minutes:

    Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Economy detailing availability of funds held from s.106 Formal Sport contributions and seeking approval for the allocation of funds totalling £311,614.45 from relevant s106 contributions to fund Formal Sport improvements identified across the Borough.

     

    Alternatives considered:

    To not allocate the s.106 funds to the proposed projects.  Consultation had been undertaken with Townships who were supportive of the proposals.

     

    Decision:

    (1)  That the allocation of £311,614.45 from relevant s.106 contributions be approved as follows:

     

    Scheme

    Amount

    Queen’s Park Multi-Use Games Area

    £89,000

    Cleweth Road Changing Rooms and Football Pitch

    £116,000

    Firgrove Recreation Ground Changing Rooms

    £17,000

    Thornham Cricket Club

    £40,000

    Bowling Club Pavilion Refurbishment at:

    ·       Brassey Bowling Club;

    ·       Broadfield Park Bowling Club;

    ·       Chesham Park Bowling Club;

    ·       Falinge Park Bowling Club;

    ·       Kirkholt Bowling Club;

    ·       Limetrees Bowling Club;

    ·       Milnrow Bowling Club;

    ·       Queens Park Bowling Club;

    ·       Thistleyfield Bowling Club.

    £49,614.45

     

    (2)  That the Director of Neighbourhoods be requested to ensure that consultation with recipients and service users is undertaken prior to commencement of work.

     

    Reason for decision:

    Not bringing forward a programme of projects to spend s.106 Formal Sport contributions in accordance with these agreements and policies risks the loss of investment in local facilities, and the refunding of monies held from s.106 contributions where there is a time limited period for spend.

96.

Finance Update Report 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 434 KB

    Cabinet will consider a finance update report for 2017/18.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Cabinet considered the report of the Chief Finance Officer which presented an update on the Council’s financial position as at the end of November 2017 and sought approval to requests from the Revenue Budget Pressure Fund.

     

    Alternatives considered:

    Not reporting on financial performance puts at risk the achievement of the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan. 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.

     

    Decision:

    (1)  That the Budget position for Revenue, Capital and Savings as at the end of November 2017, be noted.

    (2)  That the request for funding from the Budget Pressure Fund for 2017/18, for the appointment of a Temporary Market Inspector (£0.060m One Off) be declined.

    (3)  That the request for funding from the Budget Pressure Fund for 2017/18, for the shortfall on income target at Number One Riverside Retail Unit (£0.075m One Off) be approved.

    (4)  The forecasting of a ‘balance to address’ of £0.343m for Special Education Needs (SEN) home to school transport, due to an increase in demand on the Service, be noted.

    (5)  The £7.274m of Capital Re-phasing approved by the Chief Finance Officer be noted.

    (6)  A Capital budget virement of £0.200m from New Cemetery Sites to Asset Management Group (AMG), be approved on the condition that the virement of budget will only take place to offset an overcommitted position occurring with the AMG scheme.

     

    Reason for decision:

    Effective financial management is essential if the Council is to keep spending within available resources. It is vital that services make adjustments in spending to ensure that they spend in line with the approved budget.

97.

Collection Fund 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 154 KB

    Cabinet will consider an update report on the collection fund for 2017/18.

    Minutes:

    Cabinet considered the report of the Chief Finance on the Council’s forecast 2017/18 Collection Fund position as at the end of November 2017.

     

    Alternatives considered:

    Not reporting on financial performance puts at risk the achievement of the Authority’s Medium Term Financial Strategy. Effective financial management was critical to ensuring that financial resources are received in line with the budget, which enables them to be targeted towards the Council’s priorities. Monitoring enables the early identification of variations against the plan and facilitates timely corrective action.

     

    Decision:

    That the forecast 2017/18 Collection Fund position as at the end of November 2017 be noted.

     

    Reason for decision:

    The Collection Fund update report for 2017/18 was presented to Cabinet for noting as part of the budget monitoring process.

98.

Revenue Budget Update 2018/19 to 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 516 KB

    Council will consider an update report on the revenue budget for 2018/19 to 2020/21.

    Minutes:

    Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Resources on the latest position regarding the Council’s Revenue Budget for 2018/19 to 2020/21 and seeking a recommendation to Council of a council tax increase for 2018/19 of 4.99% for the Rochdale Council element, comprising 2.99% for general purposes and 2 % for the Adult Social Care Precept.

     

    Alternatives considered:

    Consideration had been given to a number of options in putting forward the savings proposals contained within the submitted report which outlines any alternative options. To do nothing was not considered to be an option as the Council is legally required to set a balanced budget. Cabinet Members could decide not to implement the proposals and provide alternative options to enable a balanced budget to be achieved.

     

    Decision:

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

    (2)  Council be advised that the Cabinet recommends the council tax increase for 2018/19 of 4.99% for the Rochdale Council element, comprising 2.99% for general purposes and 2 % for the Adult Social Care Precept.

     

    Reasons for decision:

    The Cabinet are required to recommend a balanced Revenue Budget for 2018/19 to Budget Council before the 11th March 2018 and provisional budgets for 2019/20 to 2020/21.

99.

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.

100.

Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report by the Director of Economy setting out proposals to acquire and restore the vacant fire station building on Maclure Road, summarising the submitted Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project and the required actions to create a permanent residence for the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum on the site.

 

Alternatives considered:

Without acquiring the building, the project would be unable to proceed as this would impact on the ability to receive Heritage Lottery Funding. Should the Council not enter into joint applicant status, there will be a shortfall within the project budget.

 

Decision:

(1)  That the progress of the Round One bid and progress on Round Two bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, be noted.

(2)  That Rochdale Borough Council becomes a joint applicant within the Heritage Lottery Fund bid as governed by a Memorandum of Understanding, be approved.

(3)  The acquisition of the former fire station site be approved through existing Town Centre Capital Programme allocation subject to negotiation with Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service

(4)  Subject to the acquisition of the fire station being completed, that the Council grant a peppercorn lease to the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum to occupy the ground floor and associated areas of the building for use as a museum.

(5)  That Rochdale Borough Council opt the building for tax purposes.

 

Reason for decision:

To acquire the vacant former fire station building to bring this heritage gateway site back into active use.

 

To ensure that Rochdale Borough Council is a joint applicant within the Heritage Lottery Fund project in order to professionally delivery the project within a council owned asset.

101.

Administration of the Proposed Direct Development Fund

    Cabinet will consider a report relating to the administration of the proposed direct development fund.

    Minutes:

    Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Economy seeking approval for the delegation of the governance arrangements in relation to the proposed Direct Development Fund.

     

    Alternatives considered:

    To determine Direct Development Fund matters at Cabinet or propose delegating the Executive responsibilities to another Sub-Committee or Officer.

     

    Decision:

    (1)  That subject to approval at Budget Council and the creation of the Direct Development Fund, the Executive arrangements for administering the Fund be delegated to the Property Investment Fund Sub-Committee.

    (2)  That the Director of Economy in consultation with the Director of Resources be delegated to spend up to a maximum of £250,000, provided that the expenditure is within a programme of strategic objectives approved by the Sub-Committee.  

     

    Reason for decision:

    The Property Growth Fund Sub-Committee currently administers the Asset Development Fund and the Commercial Development Fund. The synergies with the Direct Development Fund make it sensible that all three funds are administered by the same Committee. The Sub-Committee structure facilitates the rapid decision-making process required in order to take advantage of the opportunities presented for the use of the fund.

     

    Conditional delegation of provisional expenditure to the Director of Economy enables schemes to be prepared for final and formal approval.

102.

Sudden & Brimrod Community Centre

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Economy detailing the results of a condition survey which identified the cost and requirements for providing support to Sudden & Brimrod Community Centre.

 

Alternatives considered:

Cabinet considered options arising from a feasibility study as to the requirements of bringing the building back into an acceptable standard and the associated costs.

 

Decision:

That means other than direct capital expenditure to support the continuation of the services delivered by the community centre should be explored.

 

Reason for decision:

It is possible that the failure of the building, sooner or later, combined with the extent of the association’s liabilities, may impact on the viability of the community association and result in the need for the services to cease.

103.

Property Assets of Dr Chadwick's Trust

Minutes:

Cabinet received a report from the Director of Economy which set out the position of the Dr Chadwick Trust in relation to assets owned within Newhey and the implications to the Council of recent decisions of the Charitable Trustee Committee.

 

Alternatives considered:

To acquire or rent any or all of the assets directly from the Trust at an open market value to be determined by independent valuer.

 

Decision:

(1)  That the Trustees intention to dispose during the first half of 2018, of its freehold reversionary interest in land within the Borough, be noted.

(2)  That Transport for Greater Manchester be requested to make funds available for the continued use of one of the identified sites as a bus terminus.

 

Reason for decision:

To meet the costs of purchasing the proposed sites would create a budget pressure on corporate budgets.