Agenda and decisions

Budget meeting of Council, Council
Thursday, 20th February, 2020 4.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Adrian Tumber 

Items
No. Item

1.

THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES (DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS) REGULATIONS 2012 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 “Q”) 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 2020/21 and 2021/22 during the Budget Council meetings on 20 February 2020 and 18 February 2021.

 

            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 2020/21 and 2021/22 and to set the Council Tax and Business Rates for 2020/21 and 2021/22.

 

            (2)       Approves the dispensation for a period of two years until 19 February 2021.

 

           (3)      Notes 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 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. 

 

(3)       Members have also disclosed interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity (as listed in Appendix B to the report). Any other interests may be disclosed prior to, or at, the meeting.

 

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

 

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2.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meetings held on 14 January 2020 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Adrian Tumber – 01274 432435)

3.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

4.

WRITTEN ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LORD MAYOR (Standing Order 4)

(To be circulated before the meeting).

5.

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)

 

6.

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). 

 

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       That Councillor Griffiths be the Liberal Democrat and Independent Group alternate on the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

(2)       That Councillor Humphreys be appointed to the Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee in place of Councillor Kamran Hussain.

 

(3)       That Councillor Humphreys be appointed to the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee in place of Councillor Engel.

 

(4)       That Councillor Humphreys be appointed as a Labour Group alternate for the Bradford East Area Committee.

 

ACTION:       City Solicitor

71.

RECOMMENDATION FROM THE EXECUTIVE - BUDGET 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 220 KB

The Executive at its meeting on 18 February 2020 will make recommendations to Council on the Budget for 2020/21.

 

The following reports are submitted: 

 

(i)         The Council’s Revenue Estimates for 2020/21

 

The report of the Director of Finance provides details of the Council’s Revenue Estimates for 2020/21 (Executive Document “BA”). This report may require updating following the meeting of the Executive on 18 February 2020.

                                                            (Chris Chapman – 01274 433656)

 

(ii)        Allocation of the Schools’ Budget 2020/21 Financial Year

 

The report of the Director of Finance seeks approval of the recommendations of the Schools Forum in allocating the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) for 2020/21(Executive Document “BB”).

 

                                                            (Andrew Redding – 01274 432678)

 

(iii)       The Council’s Capital Investment Plan for 2020/21 to 2023/24

 

The report of the Director of Finance proposes the Capital Investment Plan for 2020/21 to 2023/24 and an updated Capital Strategy for 2020/21 (Executive Document “BC”). This report may require updating following the meeting of the Executive on 18 February 2020.

 

                                                      (James Hopwood – 01274 432882)

                                   

(iv)       2020/21 Budget Proposals and Forecast Reserves - Section 151 Officer Assessment

 

The report of the Director of Finance (Executive Document “BD”) sets out the S151 Officer’s assessment of the proposed budget for the financial year 2020/21, 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 18 February 2020.          

                                                           

(Chris Chapman – 01274 433656)

 

(v)        Consultation Feedback and Equality Assessment on new proposals in the Council Budget for 2020/21

 

The report of the Assistant Director, Office of the Chief Executive, appendices and addendum (Executive Document “AR”) provide feedback from the public engagement and consultation programme and the consultation with Trade Unions and sets out a summary of the equality assessments as outlined in the Proposed Financial Plan Updated (2020/21).

                                                            (Phil Witcherley – 01274 431241)

 

 

Note

 

In view of the short timescale between the Executive on 18 February and the meeting of Council on 20 February the budget recommendations from the Executive to Council will be e-mailed to all Members of Council following the Executive on 18 February and will be published on the Council’s website at www.bradford.gov.uk . The recommendations will also be circulated at this meeting of Council.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)       REVENUE ESTIMATES 2020/21

 

1.1

(a)       That the Base Revenue Forecast of £378.080m for 2020/21 be approved as set out in Council Document “R”.

 

(b)      That the recurring pressures and investment proposals of £8.559m in 2020/21 beapproved.

 

(c)       That the non-recurring pressures and investment proposals of £7.798m in 2020/21 be approved.

 

(d)      That the additional service savings and additional income of £0.330m in 2020/21 beapproved.

 

(e)       That the prior agreed savings be noted and the amendment to previous budget decisions totalling £3.030m in 2020/21be approved.

 

(f)        That it be noted that within the revenue budget there is a net use of £0.769m in revenue reserves in 2020/21.

 

(g)      That the service savings proposals for 2020/21 be approved, requiring the Chief Executive, Strategic Directors and Directors to take necessary action during 2019/20 to ensure those savings are fully achievable for 2020/21.

 

(h)      That the comments of Director of Finance set out in Executive Document “BD” on the robustness of the estimates and the adequacy of reserves taking account of the recommendations made at 1.1(a) to (g) above benoted.

 

(i)        That an additional earmarked reserve of £0.7m for New Projects is created. This new earmarked reserve will be funded from a reduction in the amounts set aside within the Risk and Transition earmarked reserve. The new projects relate to:

 

·         Parks and Open Spaces £0.5m.

 

·         Libraries equipment, such as flexible shelving £0.2m

 

 

1.2         PROPOSED COUNCIL TAX2020/21

 

              That it be noted that the projected council tax base and expenditure forecasts outlined in Document “R” together with the 2020/21 resources and the budget variations approvedat 1.1 aboveproduce aproposed BandD counciltax of £1,427.86 for 2020/21.

 

1.3         PAYMENT DATES FOR COUNCIL TAX AND NATIONALNON-DOMESTIC RATES

 

              That the first instalment date for payment of National Non-Domestic Rates and Council Tax shall be specified by the s151Officer.

 

1.4         DELEGATION TOOFFICERS

 

              That for the avoidance of doubt and without prejudice to any of the powers contained in Article 14 of Part 2 of the Council's Constitution on the Function of Officers, the s151 Officer shall have full delegated powers to act on behalf of the Council on all matters relating to the Council Tax, Non-Domestic Rates and Accounts Receivable Debtors including (without prejudice to the generality of the delegation) entry into any business rate pilot, assessments, determinations, recovery, enforcement and, in accordance with the statutory scheme, full delegated powers to act on behalf of the Council with regard to all aspects of the granting of Discretionary and Hardship Rate Relief to qualifyingratepayers.

 

1.5         PREPARATION OFACCOUNTS

 

(a)       That in preparing the Final Accounts for 2019/20, the s151 Officer be empowered to take appropriate steps to secure the best advantage for the Council's financialposition.

 

(b)      That the s151 Officer be empowered to deal with items which involve the transfer of net spending between the financial years 2019/20 and 2020/21 in a manner which secures the best advantage for the Council's financial  ...  view the full decision text for item 71.

72.

ANY OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

To consider any other recommendations (if any) arising from meetings of the Executive and Committees held after the publication of this agenda and prior to the Council meeting.