Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Venue: The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, Northants NN12 6AD

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Items
No. Item

12.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest which they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

13.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 5 June 2019.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 5 June 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

14.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

 

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed Denise Taylor, Deputy Head of Finance and Procurement, to the meeting.

 

15.

Urgent Business

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any items of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

 

16.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Report of the Head of Finance and Procurement

 

Purpose of report

 

To provide members of the Budget and Financial Strategy Committee with an update on the implications of the current Council Tax Reduction Scheme and Council Tax discounts, including the impact on collection rates, and to provide members with options to consider for a Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2020-21.    

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1        To note the contents of the report and any financial implications for the Council.

 

1.2     To recommend to Cabinet which option(s) should be considered for the Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2020-2021.

 

1.3.   To recommend to Cabinet that if the option of no change to the current scheme is taken that no consultation takes place. If, however, the preferred option is a change to the current scheme that full consultation must be undertaken.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That the contents of the report and financial implications for the Council be noted.

 

(2)  That Option 1 of no change to the current local Council Tax Reduction Scheme be recommended to Cabinet.

 

(3)  That it be recommended to Cabinet that no consultation on the local Council Tax Reduction Scheme be undertaken.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Head of Finance and Procurement, which provided Members with an update on the implications of the current Council Tax Reduction Scheme and Council Tax Discounts, including the impact on collection rates, and provided Members with options to consider for a Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2020-21.

 

In introducing the report, the Operations Director – CSN Resources advised that as a result of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme having not changed from 2018-2019, working-age customers would have to pay at least 8.5% of their Council Tax in full, and that any relief on the remaining 91.5% would be means tested.

 

In response to questions from the Committee regarding the potential impact of Local Government Reform on future Council Tax Reduction Schemes, the Operations Director – CSN Resources advised Members that all other Councils within the proposed West Northamptonshire Unitary area had different schemes, and that opportunities would be explored to align Council Tax Reduction Schemes in readiness for the transition to Unitary arrangements whilst continuing to protect the most vulnerable residents.  

 

Having given due consideration to the contents of the report and options for the Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2020-2021, it was proposed by Councillor Caryl Billingham and seconded by Councillor Allen Walker that Option 1 -  no change to the current local Council Tax Reduction Scheme be recommended to Cabinet. The Committee noted that as no change to the scheme was being recommended, there was no requirement to undertake a consultation,

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That the contents of the report and financial implications for the Council be noted.

 

(2)  That Option 1 of no change to the current local Council Tax Reduction Scheme be recommended to Cabinet.

 

(3)  That it be recommended to Cabinet that no consultation on the local Council Tax Reduction Scheme be undertaken.

 


17.

Finance Monitoring Report - May 2019 pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Report of the Head of Finance and Procurement

 

Purpose of report

 

This report summarises the Council’s Finance monitoring position as at the end of May 2019.

 

Recommendations

            

1.1         To note the contents of the report.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That the contents of the report be noted.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Head of Finance and Procurement, which summarised the Council’s Finance Monitoring position as at the end of May 2019.

 

In introducing the report, the Deputy Head of Finance and Procurement advised that as at May 2019, the Council was forecasting a deficit  of £161k for 2019/2020.The Capital Programme currently had underspend of £340k.

 

The Deputy Head of Finance and Procurement explained that the Planning overspend of £244k was  due to under-recovery of planning income. Plans were in place to manage the  overspend, and updates would be provided to the Committee throughout the year.

 

In response  Members’ questions regarding the ongoing financial implications relating to the separation of shared services with Cherwell District Council, the Executive Director – Resources advised that any financial implications would be profiled into  existing and future budgets as required.

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That the contents of the report be noted.

 


18.

Section 106 update pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Report of the Assistant Director – Planning & Economy

 

Purpose of report

 

To update Budget & Financial Strategy Committee on the Section 106 position, specifically money invoiced and spending committed.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1        Note the content of this report.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That the contents of the report be noted.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy, which provided an update on the current Section 106 position, specifically on money invoiced and spend committed.

 

The Assistant Director – Planning and Economy advised the Committee that the Government had recently set out some forthcoming changes to the operation of Section 106 agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that would take effect from 1 September 2019. The main change would be the removal of the restriction on the total number of S106 contributions that could be used towards infrastructure projects.

 

In response to Members’ questions regarding the monitoring of S106 agreements, the Assistant Director – Planning and Economy advised that the focus was on having obligations delivered before the clawback dates detailed in the report.

 

The Assistant Director – Planning and Economy added that existing clawback clauses would apply to the new unitary authority from 2021.

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That the contents of the report be noted.

 

19.

Review of Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Report of the Head of Finance and Procurement

 

Purpose of report

 

This report sets out the draft work programme for 2019/20.

 

Recommendations

            

1.1         To review the work programme contained within this report.

 

1.2         Approve the work programme for 2019/20.

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That having reviewed the Work Programme for 2019/20, it be approved.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the indicative work programme.

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That having reviewed the Work Programme for 2019/20, it be approved.