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Items
No. Item

40.

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:

In relation to the Resources and Neighbourhoods Directorate Plan 2022-23, Quarter 3 - Councillor Place declared that her employer, Rochdale Connections Trust was contracted to provide domestic abuse support across the Borough.

 

 

41.

Urgent Items of Business

To determine whether there are any additional items of business which, by reason of special circumstances, the Chair decides should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items of business.

42.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 7th December 2022.

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the Minutes of the meeting held on 7th December 2022 be approved as a correct record.

43.

Work Program pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To note the Committee Work Programme for 2022/2023.

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the Work Program 2022/2023 be noted.

44.

Resources and Neighbourhoods Directorate Plans 2022-23: Quarter 3 Performance Update pdf icon PDF 214 KB

To consider the Resources and Neighbourhoods Directorate Plans 2022-23: Quarter 3 Performance Update.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee gave consideration to a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which provided an update on the progress at the end of Quarter 3 towards achievement of the targets contained in the Resources Directorate Plan 2022- 23 and Neighbourhoods (Corporate Support) Directorate Plan 2022-23.

 

Members of the Committee asked questions, made comments and sought clarification with regard to matters detailed within the submitted report.

 

Resolved

 

That the Resources and Neighbourhoods Directorate Plans 2022/2023 - Quarter 3 Performance be noted.

 

45.

Budget Reports - Presentation

Minutes:

The Deputy Chief Finance Officer gave a presentation to the Committee that covered the following Budget Reports.

46.

2023/24 Discretionary Business Rate Relief Policy pdf icon PDF 425 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services.

Minutes:

The Committee gave consideration to a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate which informed of the amendments to the Discretionary Business Rate Relief Policy for 2022/23 due to the changes announced by Government in 2021.

 

The Deputy Chief Finance Officer informed the Committee that the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief Scheme had been extended for a further year for the period 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024. The amount of relief available had increased from 50% to 75%. The discount was not available to hereditaments occupied by the Council or a precepting authority.

 

Furthermore, the Supporting Small Business Scheme would be introduced from 1 April 2023and would provide that those businesses which see an increase in their bills because they would lose some or all of their small business rate relief as a result of the 2023 Revaluation have those increases capped. The scheme ensures that the increase for these ratepayers is capped at £600 per year (£50 per month).  The Transitional Relief Scheme will be introduced from 1 April 2023 and limits increase in bills as a result of the 2023 Revaluation. The scheme is available for 3 years.

 

Resolved

 

That the 2023/24 Discretionary Business Rate Relief Policy be noted.

47.

Budget 2023/24 - 2025/26 - Local Government Act 2003 Requirements pdf icon PDF 382 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services.

 

Minutes:

The Committee gave consideration to a report which set out the Chief Finance Officer’s opinion regarding the robustness of the proposed budget and the adequacy of general balances and reserves.

 

The Chief Finance Officer had concluded that the proposed budgets and associated systems and processes were sound and the level of general balances and reserves were adequate. It was advised that the proposed estimates and tax setting calculations were robust, reserves were adequate and the provisional Capital Programme was affordable.

 

Resolved

 

That the Budget 2023/24 - 2025/26 - Local Government Act 2003 Requirements report be noted.

48.

Budget Report and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 614 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee gave consideration to a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate/Chief Finance Officer which sought to inform of the proposed Revenue Budget, Capital Programme and Council Tax for 2023/24 and the provisional budget for 2024/25 and 2025/26, for recommendation to Budget Council on 22nd February 2023.

 

The information contained in the report was subject to the approval of the Mayor of Greater Manchester Council Tax precepts for 2022/23. The report also outlined the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2022/23 to 2026/27. The Medium Term Financial Strategy provided the latest budget position for the Council, set out the key financial challenges and issues which would be faced over the period, and provided details of the assumptions and estimates which underpinned the budget. The strategy also took account of the latest known developments both regional and at a local level.

 

Resolved

 

That the Budget Report and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2023/24 report be noted.

 

 

49.

Discretionary Fees and Charges 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee gave consideration to a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate/Chief Finance Officer which advised that at Cabinet on 22nd November 2022 a 4% general increase in Discretionary Fees and Charges for 2023/24 was approved for consultation.

 

Following consultation, no changes have been made to the original proposals, and the report detailed the proposed Discretionary Fees and Charges for 2023/24 and details those charges proposed to be exempt from the general 4% increase.

 

In considering the submitted report, concerns were expressed about the proposed increases in some of the fees for pest control services and Members of the Committee asked for an explanation of the rationale for the proposed increases and that Cabinet be requested to consider the rationale for the proposed increases when considering the Discretionary Fees and Charges report at the meeting on 14th February 2023.

 

Resolved

 

1.    That the proposed Discretionary Fees and Charges for 2023/24 as detailed within the report be noted;

2.    That in relation to the proposed increases for some of the fees for pest control services, that Cabinet be requested to consider the rationale for the proposed increases when considering the Discretionary Fees and Charges report at the meeting on 14th February 2023.

50.

Treasury Management 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 190 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee gave consideration to a report of the Portfolio Holder for Finance and Corporate/Chief Finance Officer which sought approval of the 2023/24 Treasury Management Strategy (TMS) set out in Appendix 1 of the submitted report which outlined how the Council would meet the requirements of the relevant legislation, codes of practice and guidance that form the Prudential Framework.

 

Resolved

 

That the Treasury Management 2023/24 report be noted.

51.

Capital Investment & Disposal Strategy - 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 246 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee gave consideration to a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Chief Finance Officer seeking approval for the 2023/24 Capital Investment and Disposal Strategy, which outlined how the Council would meet the requirements of the relevant legislation, codes of practice and guidance that form the Prudential Framework, MHCLG Guidance on Local Authority Investments, and Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) Lending Terms.

 

Resolved

 

That the Capital Investment & Disposal Strategy 2023/24 report be noted.