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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.
Councillors Clegg and Sultan Ali declared disclosable pecuniary interests in agenda item 2 - 2018/19 Discretionary Business Rate Relief Policy, in so far as holding positions of responsibility in potentially affected organisations and left the Council Chamber during consideration of the item.
Public Questions and Petitions
To receive petitions and questions from members of the public, where these have been received in accordance with the Petitions Scheme and/or Council Procedure Rules.
There were no submitted questions or petitions.
Cabinet will be requested to consider proposals for the Discretionary Business Rate Relief Policy for 2018/19
The Council considered a recommendation from Cabinet on the Discretionary Business Rate Relief Policy which required an amendment for 2018/19 following a change announced in the 2017 Autumn Budget.
1. That the extension of Pub Relief from 1st April 2018, noting that the extension for a further financial year to 31st March 2019 be approved.
2. The introduction of a maximum rateable value of £51,000, above which relief will not be granted to charitable and not-for-profit organisations be approved.
To consider the budget 2018/19 - 2020/21 - Local Government Act 2003 requirements prior to the Budget.
The Council considered the report of the Chief Finance Officer relating to the requirements under the Local Government Act 2003. The Council was required to consider the opinion of the Chief Finance Officer regarding the robustness of the budget as proposed and the adequacy of general balances and reserves prior to the setting of the budget.
It was the opinion of the Chief Finance Officer that the proposed budget was robust and that the proposed level of general balances and reserves were adequate. An option to maintain or reduce the level of balances or reserves had not been recommended by the Chief Finance Officer given the risk assessment presented in the report, and this position had been endorsed by the Cabinet when agreeing that General Balances for 2018/19 be set at £17M.
That the approach to general balances included in the report, including the setting of general balances at £17m for 2017/18, be endorsed.
To consider the Budget 2018/19 – 2020/21.
The Council considered a report outlining the recommendations of the Cabinet, as moved by Councillor Brett and seconded by Councillor Emsley, in respect of the Revenue Budget, Capital Budget, Council Tax, Pay Policy, Capital Investment and Disposal Strategy, Treasury Management Strategy and Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2018/19.
A submitted amendment to the motion was withdrawn by Councillor Kelly.
The Motion as moved and seconded was then voted upon by means of a recorded vote.
Voting for the motion: Councillors Iftikhar Ahmed, Sultan Ali, Bell, Beswick, Cecile Biant, Surinder Biant, Blundell, Boriss, Brett, Burke, Butterworth, Clegg, Cocks, Dearnley, Dutton, Neil Emmott, Susan Emmott, Emsley, Farnell, Furlong, Gartside, Hartley, Heakin, Holly, Hornby, Hussain, Joinson, Malcom, Martin, McCarthy, Meredith, Mir, O’Rourke, Paolucci-Escobar, Rush, Smith, Stott, Sullivan, Wardle, Wazir, West, Winkler.
Abstaining on the motion: Councillors Davidson, Duckworth and Kelly.
Accordingly, the motion was declared to be carried and it was RESOLVED that:
1. The revenue estimates for 2018/2019 be approved.
2. The level of Council Tax increase at 2.99% be approved.
3. The Council Tax Flexibility Offer and set a separate precept of 2% for Adult Social Care pressures be approved.
4. It be noted that, at its meeting on 13th December, Council calculated the amount of 53,537 as its council tax base for the year 2018/19 in accordance with Section 31B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (“the Act”), as amended by the Localism Act 2011.
5. The following amounts be calculated by the Council for the year 2018/19 in accordance with Sections 30 to 36 of the Act:-
a. £554,849,178.00 being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act.
b. £473,396,259.00 being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(3) of the Act.
c. £81,452,919.00 being the amount by which the aggregate under Section 31A(2) exceeds the aggregate under Section 31A(3), calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31A(4) of the Act, as its council tax requirement for the year.
d. £1,521.43 being the amount calculated under Section 31A(4), divided by the Council Tax Base (53,537), in accordance with Section 31B of the Act, as the relevant basic amount of its Council Tax for the year, including 2% for Adult Social Care. The relevant basic amount being £96.99 for Adult Social Care and £1,424.44 for Other Council Expenditure.
Being the amounts given by multiplying the amount calculated in accordance with Section 31B by the number which, in the proportion set out in Section 5(1) of the Act, is applicable to dwellings listed in a particular band divided by the number which in that proportion is applicable to dwellings listed in Valuation Band D, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 36(1) of the Act, as the amount to be taken into account for the year in respect of categories of dwellings listed in different Valuation Bands.
6. It be noted that for the year 2018/2019 the ... view the full minutes text for item 59.