For Council to consider the Budget Report 2020/21.
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 2020/2021.
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 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, Brett, Cocks, Dale, Dearnley, Neil Emmott, Susan Emmott, Emsley, Gartside, Hartley, Heakin, Holly, Hornby, Howard Hussain, Joinson, Martin, Massey, Meredith, Nolan O’Neill, O’Rourke, Rana, Rashid, Rowbotham, Rush, Sheerin, Angela Smith, Susan Smith, Sullivan, Taylor, Wardle, Wazir, West, Donna Williams, Peter Williams, Winkler, Wraighte, Zaheer and Zaman.
Abstaining on the motion: Councillors Davidson and Kelly.
Accordingly, the motion was declared to be carried and it was RESOLVED
1 The revenue estimates for 2020/2021 as submitted in the Budget Report attached to this report be approved.
2 The level of Council Tax increase at 3.99% be approved including a precept of 2% for Adult Social care.
3 It be noted that, at its meeting on 18th December 2019, Council calculated the amount of 55,745 as its Council Tax base for the year 2020/2021 in accordance with Section 31B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (“the Act”), as amended by the Localism Act 2011.
4 The following amounts now be calculated by the Council for the year 2020/2021 in accordance with Sections 30 to 36 of the Act:
· £599,823,969.00 being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act.
· £508,108,661.00 being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(3) of the Act.
· £91,715,308.00 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
· £1,645.27 being the amount calculated under Section 31A(4), divided by the Council Tax Base (55,745), 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 £143.84 for Adult Social Care and £1,501.43 for Other Council Expenditure.
Being theamountsgivenby multiplyingtheamountcalculatedinaccordance withSection31B bythenumber which,intheproportionset outinSection5(1) oftheAct,isapplicabletodwellingslistedina particularband dividedbythe numberwhichinthatproportionisapplicabletodwellingslistedinValuation BandD,calculatedby theCouncil,inaccordance withSection36(1) oftheAct, astheamounttobe takenintoaccountfortheyearinrespectofcategoriesof dwellingslisted in differentValuation Bands.
5 It be noted that for the year 2020/2021 the major precepting Authorities have stated the following amounts in precepts issued to the Council, in accordance with Section 40 of the Act, for each of the categories of dwellings shown below:
6 Having calculated the aggregate in each case of the amounts at paragraphs 3(e) and 4 above, the Council, in accordance with Sections 30 and 36 of the Act, hereby sets the aggregate amounts shown in the table below as the amounts of Council Tax for the year 2020/2021 for each part of its area and for each of the categories of dwellings.
7 No discount be given in relation to the early payment of Council Tax bills for taxpayers paying the full 2020/2021 amount.
8 The decision regarding any changes to the final allocations for the Dedicated Schools Grant be delegated to the Director of Children’s Services and the Chief Finance Officer in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and the Cabinet Member for Finance.
9 Consider and note the progress of the Integration of Health and Social Care services as set out in the Budget Report. In particular, the operation of the Pooled Fund budget from 2019/20 for local authority and CCG services and the risks to the Council should the savings proposals not be achieved.
10 Approve the contribution to the Integrated Health & Social Care Pooled Fund budget of £102.339million, in 2020/2021.
11 Note that a one off payment of £250,000 from the Equalisation Reserve for 2020/21 has been allocated to the school meals catering service. This was approved by the Chief Executive on the basis of urgency and to enable consultation to be undertaken with schools.
12 Approve the updated Budget Carry Forward Policy, as detailed in the Budget Report
13 Approve the Capital Programme for 2020/2021 to 2022/2023, as detailed in the Budget Report.
14 Approve that new spending proposal requiring additional revenue and capital resources should only be considered during the financial year, in extreme circumstances as determined by the Budget and Policy Framework. The proposals would need to be reported to the next available Council meeting in accordance with the Budget and Policy Framework.
15 Note that the Council is currently considering the Advance Payment of Employer Pensions Contributions, as detailed in the Budget Report
16 Pay Policy Statement – Budget Council approves the Pay Policy, as outlined in the Budget Report, to comply with the requirements of Section 6 of the Localism Act 2011.
17 Treasury Management Strategy Statement – Budget Council approves the Treasury Management Strategy, as outlined at Appendix 6 of the Budget Report.
18 Capital Investment and Disposal Strategy – Budget Council approves the Capital Investment and Disposal Strategy, as outlined at Appendix 7 of the Budget Report.
19 Medium Term Financial Strategy – Budget Council approves the Medium Term Financial Strategy, as outlined at Appendix 9 of the Budget report.