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38.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Beswick, Davidson, Farnell, Hornby, Joinson, McCarthy, Robinson and Wazir.

39.

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 interests.

40.

Discretionary Fees and Charges 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Corporate Delivery/Chief Finance Officer

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Minutes:

Council considered the recommendations of Cabinet in relation to proposed discretionary fees and charges for 2021/2022.

 

Discretionary Fees and Charges are reviewed on an annual basis. At Cabinet 28th July 2020, a 2% general increase in Discretionary Fees and Charges for 2021/2022 was agreed for planning purposes, subject to exemptions to be agreed.

 

Following Consultation the Chief Finance Officer’s report detailed the proposed Discretionary Fees and Charges for 2021/2022 and details those charges proposed to be exempt from the general 2% increase.

 

New fees for the Planning Services were consulted upon in February 2021 and were subsequently approved by the Cabinet on 25th February 2021.

 

Resolved:

1.    Council approves the updated Discretionary Fees and Charges for 2021/2022, including the new charges for Planning Services, following consultation.

2.    Council approves the charges exempt from the general 2% increase, as set out in section 4.3 of the submitted report.

3.    Council approves the updated charge for Taxi Vehicles Annual fee, as detailed in section 4.4 of the submitted report.

 

 

 

41.

Savings Programme - Post Consultation Responses pdf icon PDF 360 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Corporate Delivery/Chief Finance Officer

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Minutes:

The Council considered a report of the Chief Finance Officer that provided Members with the recommendations of the Cabinet, from its meeting held 25th February 2021, in respect of the results of the consultation undertaken on the proposed Savings Programme 2021/22 to 2022/23.

 

Resolved:

1.     Council notes the outcome of consultation as detailed in Section 4.2 and Appendix 2 of the Chief Finance Officer’s report.

2.     Council notes the comments of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny regarding proposals included within Workforce and Business As Usual as detailed in Appendix 3 and Section 4.2 of the Chief Finance Officer’s report.

3.     Council approves the savings proposals in respect of ASC-2021-22-005 Changes to Adult Care Charging Policy.

4.     Council notes that the following savings proposals have been withdrawn:

a.     NH-2021-22-006 Review of Neighbourhood Cohesion and Community Centre Engagement Officer Post;

b.     NH-2021-22-007 Review of Town Centre Enforcement Warden Posts.

5.     Council notes that Cabinet, at its meeting held 25th February 2021, approved the withdrawal of the following savings proposal: EC-2021-22-003 Shopmobility.

42.

Local Government Act 2003 pdf icon PDF 504 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Corporate Delivery/Chief Finance Officer

Minutes:

The Council considered a report of the Chief Finance Officer relating to statutory requirements, as defined under the Local Government Act 2003. It is a legal requirement under Section 25 of the Local Government Act 2003 for this report to be presented to Council for consideration immediately prior to the determination of the Budget and Council Tax. The recommendations aimed to ensure that the  Council would be aware of the opinion of the Chief Finance Officer regarding the robustness of the budget as proposed and the adequacy of general balances and reserves. The report outlined the robustness of the budget, the key risks and the level of reserves to support the Council’s financial resilience.

 

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 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 2021/2022 be set at £17million.

 

Resolved:

1.     That Council endorses the approach to General balances, as outlined in the Chief Finance Officer’s report.

2.     That Council approves that the General Fund Balances for 2021/2022 be set at £17million.

43.

Budget Report 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 8 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Corporate Delivery/Chief Finance Officer

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Minutes:

The Council considered a report outlining the recommendations of the Cabinet, as moved by Councillor Brett and seconded by Councillor Wardle, in respect of the Revenue Budget, Capital Budget, Council Tax 2021/2022, Budget Carry forward Policy, Pay Policy, Reserves Policy, Capital Investment and Disposal Strategy, Treasury Management Strategy and Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2021/2022.

 

It was noted that an amendment had been received to the Motion, which was moved by Councillor Dearnley and seconded by Councillor Holly. Upon being put to the vote the Mayor declared the amendment to be lost.

 

It was further noted that an additional amendment had been received to the Motion, which was moved by Councillor Kelly and seconded by Councillor Bamford. Upon being put to the vote the Mayor declared the additional amendment to be lost.

 

The Motion as moved and seconded was then voted upon by means of a recorded vote.

 

Voting for the motion: Councillors Ali Ahmed, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shakil Ahmed, Daalat Ali, Sultan Ali, Besford, Blundell, Boriss, Brett, Burke, Cocks, Dale, Dutton, Neil Emmott, Susan Emmott, Emsley, Hartley, Heakin, Hussain, Malcolm, Martin, Massey, Meredith, Mir, Nolan, O’Neill, O’Rourke, Rana, Rashid, Rowbotham, Rush, Susan Smith, Wardle, West, Donna Williams, Peter Williams, Wraighte, Zaheer and Zaman.

 

Voting against the motion: Councillors Bamford and Kelly.

 

Abstaining on the motion: Councillors Dearnley, Gartside, Holly, Nickson, Paolucci, Angela Smith, Sullivan, Taylor, Warne and Winkler.

 

Resolved:

Council considered the recommendations of Cabinet, at its meeting held 25th February 2021, as follows:

1.     The revenue estimates for 2021/22 as submitted in the Budget Report attached to this report be approved.

2.     The level of Council Tax increase at 4.99% be approved, including a precept of 3% for Adult Social Care.

3.     It be noted that, at its meeting on 16th December 2020, Council calculated the amount of 54,637 as its Council Tax base for the year 2021/22 in accordance with Section 31B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as amended by the Localism Act 2011.

4.     The following amounts now be calculated by the Council for the year 2021/22 in accordance with Sections 30 to 36 of the Act:-

 

£598,783,354.00     being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act.

 

£504,405,063.00    being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(3) of the Act.

 

£94,378,291.00      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.

 

£1,727.37               being the amount calculated under Section 31A(4), divided by the Council Tax Base (54,637), in accordance with Section 31B of the Act, as the relevant basic amount of its Council Tax for the year, including 3% for Adult Social Care. The relevant basic amount being £193.20 for Adult Social Care and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 43.

44.

Appointment of Independent Remuneration Panel pdf icon PDF 217 KB

To consider the attached report of the Cabinet Member for Corporate Delivery / Monitoring Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Council was requested to appoint an Independent Remuneration Panel, comprising three independent Members, to review the current level, scale and scope of allowances paid to Members of the Council.

 

The Panel, would, as part of their deliberations, interview certain Members of the Council and make appropriate recommendations that will be considered by a future meeting of the Council. Proposed terms of reference for the Panel were submitted for Council to consider.

 

Resolved:

1.     Council authorises the appointment of a three Member independent Remuneration Panel comprising: Dr Declan Hall (Chair), Mr. Anthony Rollins and Mrs J. Nagy to conduct a review of allowance paid to members of Rochdale Borough Council.

2.     The Terms of Reference for the Independent Remuneration Panel be approved.