Agenda, decisions and minutes

Budget Meeting of Council, Council
Thursday, 18th February, 2021 4.00 pm

Venue: Remote

Contact: Adrian Tumber 

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32.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST pdf icon PDF 74 KB

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       In relation to Agenda Item 7A to approve the following recommendations contained in the report of the Monitoring Officer (Document “D”) to grant a dispensation to all Members who have certain Disclosable Pecuniary Interests listed in Appendix A to the report, as defined in the Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012, in the decision to approve the budget and to set the level of Council Tax and Business Rates for 2021/22 and 2022/23 during the Budget Council meetings on 18 February 2021 and 17 February 2022.

That Council:

 

(1)       Grants a dispensation to the Members of the Authority who have requested one, to enable them to participate in full in the decision to approve the budgets for 2021/22 and 2022/23 and to set the Council Tax and Business Rates for 2021/22 and 2022/23.

(2)       Approves the dispensation for a period of two years until 18 February 2022.

(3)       Notes Members’ personal interests and the Monitoring Officer’s advice that personal interests that may give rise to a perception of a conflict of interest shall not prevent Members from speaking and voting at the Budget meetings.

 

(2)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(3)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(4)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(5)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Monitoring Officer (Document “D”) considered the granting of dispensations to all Members who had certain Disclosable Pecuniary Interests as defined in the Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012 for approving the budget and setting the Council Tax and Business Rates. Members had also disclosed interests which were not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they considered should be made in the interests of clarity.

 

The lists attached as appendices A and B to the report had been updated with further notifications by Members on their declarations. It was,

 

Resolved –

 

That Council:

 

(1)       Grants a dispensation to the Members of the Authority who have requested one, to enable them to participate in full in the decision to approve the budgets for 2021/22 and 2022/23 and to set the Council Tax and Business Rates for 2021/22 and 2022/23.

 

(2)       Approves the dispensation for a period of two years until 18 February 2022.

 

(3)      Notes the personal interests and the Monitoring Officer’s advice that personal interests that may give rise to a perception of a conflict of interest shall not prevent Members from speaking and voting at this Budget meeting.

 

Dispensations under the Localism Act 2011 for the declaration of Members’ Disclosable Pecuniary Interests were given to the following Members to enable them to speak and vote on the Budget 2021/22:

Employment – Councillors Amran, Berry, Brown, K Green, Hinchcliffe, T Hussain, I Khan, Lal, Salam, Shaheen, Tait, Thornton and Wood.

Sponsorship - Councillors Azam, Davies, Dodds, Duffy, Engel, Farley, Godwin, D Green, K Green, Griffiths, Hargreaves, Heseltine, Hinchcliffe, Humphreys, T Hussain, Iqbal, Jabar, Jenkins, I Khan, Love, Mullaney, Pennington, Poulsen, Reid, Ross-Shaw, Slater, D Smith, Stubbs, J Sunderland, R Sunderland, Swallow, Tait, Thirkill, Thornton, Wainwright, Whitaker and Winnard.

Contracts – Councillors Naylor, Salam, Shafiq and D Smith.

Land – A Ahmed, Ali, Amran, Azam, Barker, Berry, Bibby, Brown, Cromie, Davies, Dodds, Duffy, Dunbar, Engel, Farley, Ferriby, Firth, Godwin, Goodall, D Green, K Green, Greenwood, Griffiths, Hargreaves, Hawkesworth, Herd, Heseltine, Hinchcliffe, Humphreys, Arshad Hussain, Kamran Hussain, Khadim Hussain, Shabir Hussain, T Hussain, Iqbal, Jabar, Jamil, Jenkins, Johnson, H Khan, I Khan, S Khan, Knox, Lal, Lee, Lintern, Love, Mir, Mohammed, Mukhtar, Mullaney, Naylor, Nazir, Pennington, Pollard, Poulsen, Reid, Riaz, Ross-Shaw, Salam, Shabbir, Shafiq, Shaheen, Slater, Smith, Stubbs, J Sunderland, R Sunderland, Swallow, Tait, Thirkill, Thornton, Townend, Wainwright, Warburton, Ward, Warnes, Watson, Whitaker, Whiteley, Winnard and Wood.

Licences - Smith and J Sunderland.

Corporate Tenancies – Cromie

Securities – Smith

 

The following personal declarations were received:

 

Members with a spouse, partner or close relative in the employment of the Council

Councillors A Ahmed, Amran, Brown, Dodds, Firth, D Green, Hawkesworth, Kamran Hussain, T Hussain, Iqbal, Jabar, Jenkins, I Khan, Lal, Love, Nazir, Pennington, Pollard, Riaz, Salam, Shabbir, Shafiq, Slater, Stubbs,

R Sunderland, Swallow, Tait, Thornton and Townend

 

Members employed by or who have a spouse, partner or close relative employed by a voluntary organisation/public body funded by the Council

Councillors Brown, Duffy, Jenkins, I Khan,Lal, Mullaney,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.

33.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 8 December 2020 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Adrian Tumber – 01274 432435)

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the minutes of the meetings held on 8 December 2020 be signed as a correct record.

34.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Riaz Ahmed, Gibbons, Sajawal and Sullivan.

35.

WRITTEN ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LORD MAYOR (Standing Order 4)

(To be circulated before the meeting).

Minutes:

DEATH OF COUNCILLOR, AND FORMER LORD MAYOR, ABID HUSSAIN

 

The Lord Mayor reported the shock and sadness in learning of the death of Councillor, and former Lord Mayor, Abid Hussain on 24 December 2020. He was a great advocate for Keighley and its people, and he worked closely with his ward colleagues to promote and enhance the town and its prospects. 

 

Abid became a Labour Councillor for the Keighley Central Ward in 2010 and sat on a number of Council committees, and was currently Chair of the Education Appeals Panel, and Deputy Chair of the Keighley and Shipley Area Planning Panel and Keighley Area Committee. As Lord Mayor in 2017/2018, supported by his wife Shahnaz as Lady Mayoress, it proved to be a busy, varied and highly rewarding Civic year.

 

The Lord Mayor had written to Councillor Abid Hussain’s widow, Shahnaz, and family, to express sorrow at his passing.

 

DEATH OF COUNCILLOR MICHAEL ELLIS

 

It was also the very sad duty of the Lord Mayor to formally report to Council the death of Councillor Mike Ellis, which occurred on 12 January 2021. 

 

Councillor Ellis was Conservative Group Chief Whip and a Bingley Rural Councillor.  He was first elected in 1991 and represented constituents in the Worth Valley ward until 1995.  From 2006 he served the people of the Bingley Rural ward Mike served on numerous Council committees, covering nearly every aspect of the local authority's business, as well as contributing to many outside bodies.

 

The Lord Mayor had written to his widow, Kath and their family, to convey deep sympathies in their loss.

 

 

DEATH OF FORMER LORD MAYOR, TONY CAIRNS, OBE

 

With great sorrow the Lord Mayor reported the death, on 14 February 2021, of former Lord Mayor Tony Cairns, OBE, at the age of 89. Tony was elected as a Labour Councillor for the Tong Ward and served his constituents from 1984 until 2010. Between 1994 and 1997 he was the Leader of the Council and in 1997/98 he, and his late wife Jean, served as Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress. Tony served on many Council committees and was at one-time Chair of Social Services and Policy and Resources. He also served as Chief Whip and Chair of the Labour Group. On outside bodies, Cllr Cairns served as Deputy Chair on the board of Leeds Bradford International Airport and also sat on Bradford University Council.

 

The Lord Mayor had written to Tony’s son and family to offer condolences, on behalf of the district, in their loss.

 

The Lord Mayor recognised that the loss of two serving Councillors, and a distinguished former Councillor and Lord Mayor, would be felt profoundly by Members and throughout the district and placed on record this Council’s gratitude for their many years of eminent service.

 

Members paid tribute and observed a minute’s silence.

 

DEATH OF CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE

 

On 2 February 2021, Captain Sir Tom Moore passed away, at the age of 100.  Captain Sir Tom had been admitted to hospital in Bedfordshire suffering  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.

36.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Adrian Tumber - 01274 432435)

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals.

37.

MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES AND JOINT COMMITTEES (Standing Order 4)

To consider any motions (i) to appoint members to a Committee or a Joint Committee; or (ii) to appoint Chairs or Deputy Chairs of Committees (excluding Area Committees). 

 

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

(1)     That Councillor Kamran Hussain replace Councillor Watson on the Regulatory and Appeals Committee.

 

(2)     That Councillor Salam be appointed to the YPO and Councillor Lal be the alternate.

 

ACTION:        City Solicitor

 

 

38.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE EXECUTIVE - BUDGET 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 175 KB

The Executive at its meeting on 16 February 2021 will make recommendations to Council on the Budget for 2021/22.


The following reports are submitted:

 

(i)         The Council’s Revenue Estimates for 2021/22


The report of the Director of Finance provides details of the Council’s Revenue Estimates for 2021/22 (Executive Document “DL”). This report may require updating following the meeting of the Executive on 16 February 2021.


(Andrew Cross – 07870386523)

(ii)        The Council’s Capital Investment Plan for 2021/22 to 2024/25


The report of the Director of Finance proposes the Capital Investment Plan for 2021/22 to 2024/25 and a Capital Strategy and Investment Strategy for 2021/22 (Executive Document DG”). This report may require updating following the meeting of the Executive on 16 February 2021.


(Chris Chapman – 01274 433656)

 

(iii)       Allocation of the Schools’ Budget 2021/22 Financial Year


The report of the Director of Finance seeks approval of the recommendations of Bradford’s Schools Forum in allocating the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) for 2021/22 (Executive Document “DH”).


(Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

(iv)      2021/22 Budget Proposals and Forecast Reserves – Section 151 Officer Assessment


The report of the Director of Finance (Executive Document “DI”) sets out the S151 Officer’s assessment of the proposed budget for the financial year 2021/22, the adequacy of the forecast level of reserves and associated risks. The assessment of the Executive’s recommendations to Council on the budget may require updating following the meeting of the Executive on 16 February 2021.


(Chris Chapman – 01274 433656)

 

(v)        Budget Update 2021/22

 

The report of the Director of Finance (Executive Document “DE”) presented to the Executive on 2 February 2021 provides an update on national announcements and local decisions. It also identifies issues and uncertainties which could still have a bearing on the final size of the budget for 2021/22 and future financial years.

 

In accordance with Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, Council needs to have regard to the information contained in Appendix B to Executive Document “DE” and the Annex to Appendix B together with the equality assessments when considering the Executive’s recommendations on the budget proposals for 2021/22.


(Andrew Cross – 07870386523)


Note
In view of the short timescale between the Executive on 16 February and the meeting of Council on 18 February the budget recommendations from the Executive to Council will be e-mailed to all Members of Council following the Executive on 16 February and will be published on the Council’s website at
www.bradford.gov.uk .

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Executive met on 2 and 16 February 2021 to make recommendations to Council on the Budget for 2021/22.  The following reports were submitted:

 

(i)        The Council’s Revenue Estimates for 2021/22

 

The report of the Director of Finance provided details of the Council’s Revenue Estimates for 2021/22 (Document “F”).

 

(ii)        The Council’s Capital Investment Plan for 2021/22 to 2024/25

 

The report of the Director of Finance proposed the Capital Investment Plan for 2021/22 to 2024/25 and a Capital Strategy and Investment Plan for 2021/22 (Executive Document “DG”).

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(iii)       Allocation of the Schools’ Budget 2021/22 Financial Year

 

The report of the Director of Finance sought approval of the recommendations of the Schools Forum in allocating the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) for 2021/22 (Executive Document “DH”).

 

(iv)      2021/22 Budget Proposals and Forecast Reserves - Section 151 Officer Assessment

 

The report of the Director of Finance set out the S151 Officer’s assessment of the proposed budget for the financial year 2021/22, the adequacy of the forecast level of reserves and associated risks (Executive Document “DI”).

 

 (v)       Budget Update 2021/22

 

The report of the Director of Finance, (Executive Document “DE”) presented to the Executive on 2 February 2021, provided an update on national announcements and local decisions. It also identified issues and uncertainties which could still have a bearing on the budget for 2021/22 and future financial years.

 

An amendment to the Executive’s recommendations was moved by Councillor Kevin Warnes. The S151 Officer provided an assessment of the amendment. The amendment was defeated.

 

In accordance with the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 a recorded vote was taken on Councillor Love’s amendment and the Council voted as follows: 

 

For the Amendment (3)

Love

Swallow

Warnes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Against the Amendment (66)

The Lord Mayor

A Ahmed

Akhtar

Ali

Amran

Azam

Barker

Berry

Brown

Choudhry

Cromie

Davies

Dodds

Duffy

Dunbar

Farley

Ferriby

Firth

Godwin

D Green

K Green

Greenwood

Hargreaves

Hawkesworth

Herd

Hinchcliffe

Humphreys

Kamran Hussain

Shabir Hussain

Tariq Hussain

Iqbal

Jabar

Jamil

Johnson

H Khan

I Khan

S Khan

Lal

Lintern

Mir

Mohammed

Mukhtar

Mullaney

Naylor

Nazir

Pollard

Poulsen

Riaz

Ross-Shaw

Salam

Shafiq

Shabbir

Shaheen

Slater

Smith

Tait

Thirkill

Thornton

Townend

Wainwright

Warburton

Watson

Whitaker

Whiteley

Winnard

Wood

Abstentions (7)

Griffiths                                  Jenkins                      Reid                            Ward

Khadim Hussain                  Knox                           J Sunderland

 

An amendment to the Executive’s recommendations was moved by Councillor Mike Pollard. The S151 Officer provided an assessment of the amendment. The amendment was defeated.

 

In accordance with the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 a recorded vote was taken on Councillor Mike Pollard’s amendment and the Council voted as follows: 

 

For the Amendment (19)

Ali

Barker

Brown

Cromie

Davies

 

K Green

Hargreaves

Hawkesworth

Herd

Heseltine

 

Pollard

Poulsen

Riaz

Smith

Swallow

Townend

Whitaker

Whiteley

Winnard

Against the Amendment (58)

The Lord Mayor

A Ahmed

Akhtar

Amran

Azam

Choudhry

Dodds

Duffy

Dunbar

Farley

Ferriby

Firth

Godwin

D Green

Greenwood

Griffiths

Hinchcliffe

Humphreys

Kamran Hussain

Khadim Hussain

Shabir Hussain

Tariq Hussain

Iqbal

Jabar

Jamil  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.

39.

PAY POLICY STATEMENTS 2020/21 AND 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 137 KB

In accordance with the Localism Act 2011 Local Authorities are required to produce and publish a Pay Policy Statement for each financial year.  The report of the Director of Human Resources (Document “E”) contains the Pay Policy Statement which must be approved by full Council before publication.

 

Recommended –

 

That the Pay Policy Statement for the financial year 2020/21 as set out at Appendix 1 to Document “E” and the Pay Policy Statement for the financial year 2021/22 as set out at Appendix 2 to Document “E”, be approved.

 

                                                                                    (Tim Barker – 01274 432031)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This item was withdrawn from the agenda and be presented to the meeting of Council on 16 March 2021. This was because after the report was published the Government announced it was changing the regulations and the legal advice was that the Pay Policy needs updating.

 

ACTION:        Director of Human Resources