Agenda and decisions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

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Decision:

Apologies received from Councillors Aden and Conneely.

2.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 556 KB

To confirm as a correct record, the minutes of the previous meeting of the Council held on Monday 23 November 2020.

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Decision:

Council RESOLVED to approve the minutes of the Council meeting held on Monday 23 November 2020 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 or personal interests in the items on this agenda and to specify the item(s) to which they relate.

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Decision:

Councillor Hirani declared a personal (non pecuniary) interest in Agenda Item 6 (Budget and Council Tax 2021-22) as the recently appointed Chair of Trustees for Metroland Cultures.

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:

·             High Court judgement regarding the Barnhill By-Election result

·             Queens New Year Honours List 2021

·             100th Birthday celebrations

·             Holocaust & Genocide Memorial Day Event

·             Death of former Councillor Lawrie Nerva

·             NHS Vaccination Centre & thanks to Council staff for their efforts in responding to the pandemic

·             Petitions

5.

Appointments to Committees and Outside Bodies and Appointment of Chairs/Vice Chairs (if any) pdf icon PDF 265 KB

To agree any appointments to Committees or Outside Bodies (if any); and the appointments of Chairs/Vice Chairs (if any) in accordance with Standing Order 30(g).

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Decision:

Council RESOLVED to appoint the following as members of the Council Tax Setting Committee:

 

Labour Group:            Councillors M.Butt, McLennan, Krupa Sheth and Stephens to be appointed as full members

 

Councillor Nerva to be appointed as substitute member

 

Conservative Group:   Councillor Kansagra to be appointed as full member

 

Councillors Colwill and Maurice to be appointed as substitute members

6.

Budget and Council Tax 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

6.1       Budget & Council Tax 2021-22

 

This report sets out the Council’s budget proposals for 2021/22 and 2022/23.  It also details the results of the consultation, scrutiny and equalities considerations in relation to the budget proposals.  The report also sets out the overall financial position facing the Council for the medium term and highlights the significant risks, issues and uncertainties.

 

Members are asked to note that the recommendations in the report were approved by Cabinet on 8 February 2021 for reference on to Council.

 

6.2       Conservative Group amendments to the Budget & Council Tax proposals 2021-22

 

To consider the proposed amendments submitted by the Conservative Group in relation to the Council’s budget proposals for 2021-22.

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Decision:

Council RESOLVED to:

 

(1)      Agree an overall 4.99% increase in the Council’s element of Council Tax for 2020/21, with 3% as a precept for Adult Social Care and a 1.99% general increase.

 

(2)      Agree the General Fund revenue budget for 2021/22, as summarised in Appendix A of the report.

 

(3)      Agree the cost pressures and technical adjustments detailed in Appendix B of the report.

 

(4)     Agree the budget savings proposals detailed in Appendix C of the report.

 

(5)     Note the report from the Budget Scrutiny Panel in Appendix D of the report.

 

(6)     Agree the HRA budget for 2021/22, as set out in section seven of this report.

 

(7)     Agree the Dedicated Schools’ Grant as set out in section eight of this report.

 

(8)     Agree the Capital Programme as set out in Appendix E of the report.

 

(9)     Agree the Capital Strategy, the Investment Strategy, the Treasury Management Strategy and the Minimum Revenue Provision Statement as set out in Appendices G, H, I and J of the report.

 

(10)   Agree the schedule of reserves, as set out in Appendix K of the report.

 

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

 

(12)   Note the results of the budget consultation as set out in section six and detailed in Appendix M of the report.

 

(13)   Note the advice of the Director of Legal, HR, Audit and Investigations as set out in Appendix N of the report.

 

(14)   Agree the Pay Policy Statement for 2021/22 as set out in Appendix O of the report (including the additional wording set out in paragraph 9.2 of the report) and the payments to which it refers.

 

Council Tax recommendations

 

These recommendations only include a provisional Council Tax level for the GLA as its final budget was not agreed when this report was despatched.  This means that the statutory calculation of the total amount of Council Tax under Section 30(2) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 cannot be carried out until the final GLA precept has been received.

 

(15)   In relation to the Council Tax for 2021/22 we resolve:

 

          That the following amounts be now calculated as the Council’s element by the Council for the year 2021/22 in accordance with Sections 31 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended:

 

(a) £1,036,468,015     being the aggregate of the amount that the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act.

(b) £900,778,354        being the aggregate of the amounts that the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(3) of the Act.

(c) £135,689,697        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) £1,378.26               being the amount at (c) above, divided by the amount for the tax base of 98,450, agreed by the General Purposes Committee on the 7  ...  view the full decision text for item 6.

7.

Borough Plan 2021-2022 pdf icon PDF 242 KB

This report presents the Borough Plan 2021-2022 to Council for formal adoption, setting out the Council’s vision, strategic priorities and actions for review.

 

Members are asked to note that the draft Borough Plan was approved by Cabinet on 8 February 2021 for referral to Council.

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Decision:

Council RESOLVED:

 

(1)     To adopt the Borough Plan attached as Appendix 1 of the report and note the Equality Strategy Action Plan attached as Appendix 2 of the report.

 

(2)     To refer the Borough Plan to Cabinet for monitoring.

8.

Treasury Management Mid-Year Report 2020-2021 pdf icon PDF 231 KB

This report provides an update on treasury management activities for the first half of the financial year 2020-21.

 

Members are asked to note that the report was noted by Cabinet on 7 December 2020 and has been referred on to Council for consideration in compliance with CIPFAs Code of Practice on Treasury Management.

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Decision:

Council RESOLVED to note the 2020-21 Mid-Year Treasury report in compliance with CIPFA’s Code of Practice on Treasury Management (the Code).

9.

Members Allowance Scheme - Annual Review pdf icon PDF 312 KB

This report outlines the annual review of the Members Allowance Scheme and details the allowances Members will be entitled to receive for carrying out their responsibilities during 2021/2022.

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Decision:

Council RESOLVED

 

(1)        To make a Members’ Allowance Scheme in the proposed terms set out in the report for the financial year 2021/212.

 

(2)        To authorise the Director of Legal, HR Audit & Investigations to comply with the statutory requirements to publicise the Council’s Members’ Allowance Scheme.

10.

Changes to the Constitution pdf icon PDF 312 KB

This report seeks approval to a number of proposed changes to the Council’s Constitution.

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Decision:

Council RESOLVED:

 

(1)     To approve the changes to the Constitution as set out within the report.

 

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

11.

Urgent Business

At the discretion of the Mayor to consider any urgent business, in accordance with Standing Order 30(s).

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Decision:

None.