Agenda and decisions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence from members of the Council.

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Decision:

Apologies received from Councillors Agha, Pavey and Krupa Sheth.

2.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 264 KB

To confirm as a correct record, the attached minutes of the previous meeting of the Council held on Monday 28 November 2018.

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Decision:

Minutes of the Council meeting held on Monday 26 November 2018 agreed as a correct record.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare at this stage of the meeting, the nature and existence of any relevant disclosable pecuniary, personal or prejudicial interests in the items on this agenda and to specify the item(s) to which they relate.

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Decision:

Councillor Crane declared a personal interest as a Council appointed Board Member on i4B and First Wave Housing.

 

Councillor Nerva declared a personal interest as Vice Chair of the Local Government Information Unit & Shared Leaseholder Brent Housing.

4.

Mayor's Announcements (including any petitions received)

To receive any announcements from the Mayor.

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Decision:

Noted the announcements from the Mayor in relation to:

·                Queens New Year’s Honours List 2019

·                Holocaust & Genocide Memorial Day

·                Lest We Forget Bench

·                Pride of Brent

·                Rainbow Flag raising event

·                Mayor’s Gala Fundraising Dinner

·                London Marathon – participation of a Brent Councillor

·                International Delegation visits to Brent

·                Petitions

5.

Appointments to Committees and Outside Bodies and Appointment of Chairs/Vice Chairs (if any)

To agree any appointments to Committees, Joint Committees, Forums, Panels and Outside Bodies (if any); and the appointments of Chairs/Vice Chairs (if any) in accordance with Standing Order 37 (g).

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Decision:

None

6.

Budget and Council Tax 2019/2020 and 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 243 KB

To consider the Council’s budget and level of Council Tax for 2019/20 and 2020/21.

 

Members are asked to note that the recommendations in the report were approved for reference on to Council by Cabinet on 11 February 2019.

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Decision:

AGREED

 

(1)       To note the decisions made by Cabinet on 11 February 19 in relation to the budget and Council Tax 2019/2020 and 2020/21.

 

(2)     An overall 4.99% increase in the Council’s element of council tax for 2019/20 with 2% as a precept for Adult Social Care and a 2.99% general increase.

 

(3)     The General Fund revenue budget for 2019/20, as summarised in Appendix A of the report.

 

(4)       The cost pressures and technical adjustments detailed in Appendix B of the report.

 

(5)       To note the report from the Budget Scrutiny Panel and addendum from the Resources and Public Realm Scrutiny Committee, as detailed in Appendix D of the report.

 

(6)       To note and agree for inclusion in the overall budget for 2019/20 the HRA Budget as set out in section eight of the report.

 

(7)       The dedicated schools grant, as set out in section nine of the report.

 

(8)     The capital programme as set out in Appendix E of the report.

 

(9)     The Treasury Management Strategy, Capital Strategy, Investment Strategy and MRP Policy as set out in Appendices F, G, H and I of the report.

 

(10)    To note the advice of the Director of Legal and HR as set out in Appendix J of the report.

 

(11)   The schedule of fees and charges as set out in Appendix K of the report.

 

(12)   To note the results of consultation as set out in section 7 and detailed in Appendix L of the report.

 

(13)   The Pay Policy Statement for 2019/20 as set out in Appendix M of the report.

 

Council Tax recommendations

 

Council noted that the recommendations agreed below only included a provisional Council Tax level for the GLA as its final budget had not been agreed at the time the Councils budget report was despatched.  As a result it was noted that the statutory calculation of the total amount of Council Tax under Section 30(2) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 may be amended by the final Greater London Authority precept.

 

(14)    To resolve in relation to the council tax for 2019/20:

 

That the following amounts be now calculated by the Council for the year 2019/20 in accordance with Sections 31 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended:

 

(a) £1,027,149,293        being the aggregate of the amount that the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act.

(b) 905,158,017             being the aggregate of the amounts that the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(3) of the Act.

(c) £121,991,275           being the amount by which the aggregate at (a) above exceeds the aggregate at (b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31A(4) of the Act, as its Council Tax requirement for the year.

(d) £1,262.34                 being the amount at (c) above, divided by the amount for the tax base of 96,639, agreed by the General Purposes Committee on the 21January 2018, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31B  ...  view the full decision text for item 6.

7.

Borough Plan 2019-2023 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

The report presents the draft Borough Plan 2019-23 which sets out Brent’s vision, strategic themes and priorities.

 

Members are asked to note that the Plan was approved and referred on to Council for formal adoption by Cabinet on 11 February 2019.

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Decision:

AGREED the Borough Plan (as detailed in Appendix 1 of the report) and Delivery Plan (as detailed in Appendix 2 of the report) for adoption.

8.

Changes to the Constitution pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To receive a report from the Director of Legal & HR seeking approval to a number of changes to the Constitution.

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Decision:

AGREED

 

(1)       To approve the changes to the Constitution as detailed within Appendices 1 – 3 of the report relating to:

 

(a)       Procedural Rules & Order of Business for Full Council meetings (as set out in Appendix 1 of the report);

(b)       Procedural rules for the recruitment of Operational and more senior officer posts (as set out in Appendix 1 of the report)

(c)       Scrutiny Committee structure and Terms of Reference (as set out in Appendix 2 of the report)

(d)       Petition scheme relating to Planning (as set out in Appendix 3 of the report).

 

(2)     To authorise the Director of Legal and HR Services to amend the Constitution accordingly, including the making of any necessary incidental or consequential changes.

 

(3)     To note that, to the extent that the changes relate to executive functions of the Council, they have been approved by the Leader.

9.

Members Allowance Scheme - Annual Review pdf icon PDF 106 KB

The report outlines the annual review of the Members Allowance Scheme and seeks approval on the allowances Members will be entitled to receive for carrying out their responsibilities during the 2019/20.

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Decision:

AGREED

 

(1)     To approve and make a Members’ Allowance Scheme in the terms set out in the report for the financial year 2019/20.

 

(2)     To authorise the Director of Legal and HR Services to comply with the statutory requirements to publicise the Council’s Members’ Allowance Scheme.

10.

Urgent Business

At the discretion of the Mayor to consider any urgent business, in accordance with Standing Order 37 (r).

Additional documents:

Decision:

None.