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Items
No. Item

88.

Apologies

89.

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:

    Councillor Blundell declared an interest in the Agenda item – Manchester Airport Investment (as a Board Member of the Manchester Airport Group) and left the room during consideration of the item.

90.

Urgent Items of Business

91.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 72 KB

92.

Gambling Licensing Policy Statement 2019-2022 pdf icon PDF 102 KB

    To consider the Gambling Licensing Policy Statement 2019-2022.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which was presented to enable the Council to meet its statutory obligations to adopt and publish a Gambling Licensing Policy, in accordance with Section 349 of the Gambling Act.

     

    The report also provided details on the results of consultation on the Council’s draft Gambling Licensing Policy Statement and to seek agreement from members on amendments where necessary and to recommend adoption of the Gambling Licensing Policy to full Council.

     

    Alternatives considered:

     

    None, the Gambling Act 2005 places a statutory duty on local authorities to prepare and publish a Gambling Licensing Policy Statement. The Council would be in breach of its statutory duty if it was to take any other action.

     

    Resolved:

     

    1.     That the responses to the consultation on the draft Gambling Licensing Policy statement be noted and that the subsequent amendments be approved;

     

    2.     That the revised Gambling Licensing Policy statement be recommended to Council for adoption.

     

    Reason for the decision:

     

    Councils have a statutory duty to prepare and publish a statement of principles that they propose to apply in exercising their functions under the Gambling Act. This is valid for a three year period and therefore the Council was required to review its policy statement every three years to meet its statutory requirements and adopt and publish a Gambling Licensing Policy. The first statement was effective from 31 January 2007.

     

    Eligible for call in – no

93.

Finance Update Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 526 KB

    To inform Cabinet and the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee of the Council’s forecast 2018/19 financial position as at the end of November 2018.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet considered the report of the Chief Finance Officer which presented the Council’s forecast 2018/19 financial position as at the end of November 2018.

     

    Alternatives considered:

     

    Not reporting on financial performance puts at risk the achievement of the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan. Effective budget management was critical to ensuring financial resources were spent in line with the budget and were targeted towards the Council’s priorities. Monitoring enabled the early identification of variations against the plan and facilitated timely corrective action.

     

    Resolved:

     

    1.     That the forecast 2018/19 outturn positions for Revenue, Savings and Capital as at the end of November 2018 be noted;

     

    2.     That the Health & Social Care Pool Budget position as detailed in section 4.3. of the report be noted;

     

    3.     That a 50/50 split of any funding shortfall for 2018/19 as at 31st March 2019 between the Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) be approved;

     

    4.     That the net Capital budget increase of £0.036m shown in section 4.5.1. of the report be noted;

     

    5.     That the Capital budget virement request as detailed in section 4.5.2. of the report be approved;

     

    6.     That the Capital re-phasing of £5.761m detailed in section 4.5.3. of the report be approved.

     

    Reason for the decision:

     

    Cabinet Members should be kept updated on the financial position of the authority, as 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.

     

    Eligible for call in – no

94.

Collection Fund 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 184 KB

    To update Cabinet and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the forecast Collection Fund outturn position for 2018/19 as at the end of November 2018.

     

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet considered the report of the Chief Finance Officer which provided an update on the forecast Collection Fund outturn position for 2018/19 as at the end of November 2018.

     

    The Collection Fund Position for 2018/19 was a forecast surplus of £6.702m, comprising:

             £4.113m surplus relating to Business Rates;

             £2.589m surplus relating to Council Tax.

     

    The Council’s share of the forecast 2018/19 Collection Fund outturn surplus was £6.305m.

     

    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 were received in line with the budget, which enabled them to be targeted towards the Council’s priorities. Monitoring enabled the early identification of variations against the plan and facilitated timely corrective action.

     

    Resolved:

     

    1.     That the forecast 2018/19 Collection Fund outturn position be noted.

     

    Reason for the decision:

     

    The Collection Fund forecast outturn report for 2018/19 was presented to Cabinet for information as part of the budget monitoring process.

     

    Eligible for call in – no

95.

Budget Update 2019/20 to 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 812 KB

    To provide Cabinet with an update on the latest position regarding the Council’s Revenue Budget for 2019/20 to 2021/22, including the implications for the Council arising from the Autumn Budget 2018 and the Provisional Local Government Settlement 2019/20.

     

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet considered the report of the Chief Finance Officer which provided an update on the latest position regarding the Council’s Revenue Budget for 2019/20 to 2021/22, including the implications for the Council arising from the Autumn Budget 2018 and the Provisional Local Government Settlement 2019/20.

     

    The report highlighted the Budget Gap and measures taken to balance the budget for 2019/20, including the potential risks impacting on the Budget.

     

    The report assessed the Council Tax raising powers for 2019/20 following confirmation of the Council Tax Referendum Principles.

     

    The report updated Members with the proposed Capital Programme 2019/20 to 2021/22 and the proposed Discretionary Fees and Charges for 2019/20 following consultation.

     

    Alternatives considered:

     

    The Council is legally obliged to set a balanced revenue budget. The budget setting process is complex and must be undertaken in a planned way. 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.

     

    Consideration has been given to a number of options in putting forward the savings proposals and the report outlines any alternatives. To do nothing was not considered to be an option as the Council is legally required to set a balanced budget.

     

    Resolved:

     

    1.     That the Revenue Budget position for 2019/20 to 2021/22 and the potential risks around the Revenue Budget be noted;

     

    2.     That a Council Tax increase for 2019/20 of 3.99% for the Rochdale Council element, comprising 2.99% for General Purposes and 1% for the Adult Social Care Precept be recommended to Council for approval;

     

    3.     That any balance on the 2019/20 Revenue Budget being met by the use one-off resources from the Equalisation Reserve, in order to achieve a balanced budget be approved;

     

    4.     That the updated Capital Programme 2019/20 to 2021/22 following consultation be approved;

     

    5.     That the updated Discretionary Fees and Charges for 2019/20 following consultation be approved.

     

     

     

    Reason for the decision:

     

    Cabinet is required to recommend a balanced Revenue and Capital Budget for 2019/20 to Budget Council before the 11th March 2019 and provisional budgets for 2020/21 to 2021/22.

     

    Eligible for call in – no

96.

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:

    Resolved:

     

    That the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item 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 the following item of business as there may be a disclosure of information that is deemed to be exempt under Part 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

97.

Manchester Airport Investment

    This report sets out plans relating to the Manchester Airport Group.

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet considered the report of the Chief Finance Officer which set out a proposal for investment into the Manchester Airport Group (MAG) of companies.

     

    Alternatives considered:

     

    The risks associated with the investment had been fully considered as part of the due diligence process.

     

    Decision:

     

    1.    That the proposed arrangements to provide investment in the Manchester Airport Group be noted;

     

    2.    That the proposed equity investment of £5.61m in the Manchester Airport Group, the details of which are set out in the report, be approved, subject to the Council approving the increase in capital budget and expenditure of £5.61m by prudential borrowing;

     

    3.    That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance & Workforce) and Chief Finance Officer in consultation with the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, to negotiate and finalise the detailed contractual, commercial and accounting arrangements in respect of the proposed investment; and

     

    4.    That the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance & Workforce) be authorised to enter into any necessary agreements or documents to give effect to the above recommendations.

     

    Reason for the decision:

     

    Continued development of Manchester Airport supports economic development in the region, sustaining jobs and attracting new businesses / visitors to the region. The project would make a contribution to the overall revenue financing of the Council.

     

    Eligible for call in – no