Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

37.

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.

 

38.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 30 October 2019.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 30 October 2019 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

39.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

 

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s announcements.

 

40.

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.

 

41.

Local Discretionary Business Rate Relief Scheme for 2020 - 2021 pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Report of the Executive Director – Finance

 

Purpose of report

 

To provide Members of Budget and Financial Strategy Committee with details of the proposed Local Discretionary Business Rate Relief Scheme before consideration by Cabinet.

 

Recommendations

 

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1       To note the contents of the report.

 

1.2      To recommend to Cabinet the adoption of the Local Discretionary    Business Rates Relief Scheme for 2020-2021.

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

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

 

(2)  That Cabinet be recommended to endorse and recommend to Full Council that the Local Discretionary Business Rates Relief Scheme for 2020-2021 be adopted. 

 


Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Finance which provided Members of the Committee with a detailed overview of the proposed Local Discretionary Business Rates Relief Scheme.

 

The Operations Director – CSN Resources explained to Members that billing authorities had received £300m in funding from Central Government to assist parties impacted by the 2017 revaluation of Business Rates. South Northamptonshire Council’s allocation for 2020-21 was £3,000. The draft policy for 2020-2021 remained unchanged from 2019-2020 to maximise the use of funding and support local business.

 

Resolved

 

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

 

(2)  That Cabinet be recommended to endorse and recommend to Full Council that the Local Discretionary Business Rates Relief Scheme for 2020-2021 be adopted. 

 

42.

Finance Monitoring Report - December 2019 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Report of the Executive Director – Finance

 

Purpose of report

 

This report summarises the Council’s Finance monitoring position as at the end of each month.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

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 Executive Director – Finance which summarised the Council’s Finance Monitoring position at the end of December 2019.

 

In introducing the report, the Executive Director – Finance advised Members that an overspend of £25k was currently forecast, however the Council had also reported a Capital Programme underspend of £150k.

 

In response to questions from Members regarding the collection of Business Rates, the Executive Director – Finance explained that there had been an increase in the total amount of Business Rates to be collected due to a growth in the number of new business starting up within the District. 

 

Resolved

 

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

43.

Review of Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To review and note the Committee Work Plan.

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That the Committee Work Plan be noted.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered its Work Plan.

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That the Committee Work Plan be noted.

 

44.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The following report(s) contain exempt information as defined in the following paragraph(s) of Part 1, Schedule 12A of Local Government Act 1972.

 

3– Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

Members are reminded that whilst the following item(s) have been marked as exempt, it is for the meeting to decide whether or not to consider each of them in private or in public. In making the decision, members should balance the interests of individuals or the Council itself in having access to the information. In considering their discretion members should also be mindful of the advice of Council Officers.

 

Should Members decide not to make a decision in public, they are recommended to resolve as follows:

 

“That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that, if the public and press were present, it would be likely that exempt information falling under the provisions of Schedule 12A, Part I, Paragraph 3 would be disclosed to them, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”

 

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, the public and press be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that, if the public and press were present, it would be likely that exempt information falling under the provisions of Schedule 12A, Part I, Paragraph 3 would be disclosed to them, and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

45.

Business Plan 2020-2021, Draft Budget and Medium Term Financial Position

Exempt report of the Executive Director – Finance

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)  That, having given due consideration, the exempt report and appendices be endorsed.

 

 

Minutes:

The Executive Director – Finance submitted an exempt report which provided Members with an update on the Business Plan 2020-2021, the Draft Budget for 2020-2021 and the Council’s Summary Medium Term Financial Position.

 

Members of the Committee asked detailed questions of the report which were duly answered by Officers.

 

Resolved

 

(1)  That, having given due consideration, the exempt report and appendices be endorsed.