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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.
There were no interests declared.
For Council to be made aware of the Local Government Act 2003 Requirements while considering the Budget 2019/20 - 2021/22.
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 2019/20 be set at £17M.
That the approach to general balances included in the report, including the setting of general balances at £17m for 2019/20, be endorsed.
For Council to consider and approve the budget report 2019/2020.
The Council considered a report outlining the recommendations of the Cabinet, as moved by Councillor Brett and seconded by Councillor Rowbotham, 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 2019/20.
The Council also considered recommendations from Cabinet on the Discretionary Business Rate Relief Policy’s.
It was noted that 2 amendments had been received to the Motion.
The first amendment to the motion was moved by Councillor Dearnley and seconded by Councillor Holly. Upon being put to the vote the Mayor declared the amendment lost.
The Second amendment to the motion was moved by Councillor Kelly and seconded by Councillor Davidson. Upon being put to the vote the Mayor declared the amendment lost.
The Motion as moved and seconded was then voted upon by means of a recorded vote.
Voting for the motion: Councillors D Ali, Ali Ahmed, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sultan Ali,Beswick, Cecile Biant, Blundell, Boriss, Brett, Burke, Cocks, Dale, Dearnley, Dutton, Neil Emmott, Susan Emmott, Emsley, Gartside, Hartley, Holly, Hornby, Howard Hussain, Malcom, Martin, McCarthy, Meredith, Nolan O’Rourke, O’Neil, Rana, Robinson, Rowbotham, Rush, Sheerin, Smith, Sullivan, Taylor, Wardle, Wazir, West, Winkler, Zaheer, Zaman.
Abstaining on the motion: Councillors Davidson, Bamford, Stott, Nickson and Kelly.
Accordingly, the motion was declared to be carried and it was RESOLVED
1 The revenue estimates for 2019/20 as submitted in the Budget Report attached to this report be approved.
2 The level of Council Tax increase at 3.99% be approved.
3 To accept the Council Tax Flexibility Offer and set a separate precept of 1% for Adult Social Care pressures be approved.
4 It be noted that, at its meeting on 12th December, Council calculated the amount of 55,176 as its Council Tax base for the year 2019/20 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 now be calculated by the Council for the year 2019/20 in accordance with Sections 30 to 36 of the Act:
· £674,062,618.00 being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act.
· £586,766,327.00 being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(3) of the Act
· £87,296,291.00 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
· £1,582.14 being the amount calculated under Section 31A(4), divided by the Council Tax Base (55,176), in accordance with Section 31B of the Act, as the relevant basic amount of its Council Tax for the year, including 1% for Adult Social Care. The relevant basic amount being £112.20 for Adult Social Care and £1,469.94 for Other Council Expenditure
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That Council consider and approve the appointment of Acting Chief Finance/S151 Officer.
The Leader presented to Council a report informing Members that the current Chief Finance/Section 151 Officer would be leaving the Council in March 2019 to take up a new appointment with another Local Authority. It was reported that Council was required to appoint a Council Officer to discharge the statutory function until permanent arrangements are made.
Various Members from across the Council wished the current Chief Finance/Section 151 congratulations in her new role and thanked her for all the work she had undertaken for the Council.
That Neil Thornton, Director of Resources, be appointed as the Council’s Acting Chief Finance/Section 151 Officer with effect from 28 February 2019 until a further resolution of the Council.
For Council to consider the Gambling Licensing Policy Statement 2019-2022, in order to meet its statutory obligations to adopt and publish a Gambling Licensing Policy, in accordance with Section 349 of the Gambling Act.
The Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing presented to Council a report enabling 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 updated Council on the results of the consultation regarding the Council’s draft Gambling Licensing Policy Statement.
Members were reminded that all Council’s had a statutory duty to prepare and publish a statement of principles that they proposed to apply in exercising their functions under the Gambling Act. It was noted that this statement was 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.
That the Gambling Licensing Policy statement 2019-2022 be approved Council.
That Council consider the recruitment of Independent Members to the Audit and Governance Committee.
The Cabinet Member for Resources provided Council with a report to seek approval to appoint 2 independent Members to the Audit and Governance Committee.
The report outlined that best practice set out within guidance issued by CIPFA endorsed the approach of mandating the inclusion of lay or independent members to audit committees. At the December 2019 Audit and Governance Committee, Members resolved to recommend to Council that the membership of the Audit and Governance Committee should be extended to include one or more independent members.
1) That the Audit and Governance Committee’s terms of reference and membership be amended to include up to two independent members as part of the Committee (distinct from the independent persons recruited in accordance with the Localism Act 2011), and recruitment of up to two independent members of the Audit and Governance Committee be progressed with immediate effect with a view to appointment at Annual Council on 22 May 2019
2) That the term in office of the independent members be agreed at a period of 4 years, extendable by invitation and subsequent approval of Council