Agenda and decisions

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

Contact: Natasha Clark, Democratic and Elections  Email: democracy@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk 01295 221534

Items
No. Item

2.

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.

 

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 63 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 9 September 2019.

4.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

5.

Referrals, if any, from the Community Funding Panel meeting of 7 October 2019 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Report of Executive Director: Operations

 

Purpose of report

 

To take recommendations from the Council’s Community Funding Panel regarding applications of over £20,000 which cannot be granted under delegated authority.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1          To agree any recommendations from the Community Funding Panel after its meeting on 7 October 2019. 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)            That the recommendation of the Community Funding Panel to award £33,000 under the New Homes Bonus Local Community funding stream to Roade Parish Council be agreed.

 

(2)            That the recommendation of the Community Funding Panel to award £27,834 under the New Homes Bonus Local Community funding stream to St Peters with St James Parish Church be agreed.

 

6.

Digital Advice Hub pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Report of Executive Director Finance

 

Purpose of report

 

To provide members with an update on a proposal from Citizens Advice to introduce a Digital Advice Hub at The Forum in Towcester.  

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1          To note the contents of the report.

 

1.2    To consider if they would like Citizens Advice to provide this additional service to residents of the South Northamptonshire District as a pilot for roll out across the district and at no additional financial cost to the Council.

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

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

 

(2)          That, having given due consideration, agreement be given to Citizens Advice to provide this additional service to residents of the South Northamptonshire District as a pilot for roll out across the district and at no additional financial cost to the Council.

 

7.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2020-2021 pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Report of Executive Director Finance

 

Purpose of report

 

To provide members with an update on the implications of the current Council Tax Reduction Scheme and the changes to discounts, to provide options to consider for a Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2020-2021 and to seek approval to recommend a Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2020-2021 to Council.    

 

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 Council the option of no change to the current Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) for the financial year 2020-2021 and to amend the CTRS Regulations for Pensioners in line with the uprating announced by DCLG and to uprate the Working Age Regulations in line with those announced by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). 

 

1.3    To recommend to Council that delegated authority is given to the Executive Director Finance to make any changes to the Council Tax Regulations up to and including 31 January 2020 in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Performance and Governance (and to implement the same subject to consultation on material changes in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Finance Act 1992).

 

1.4   To review the proposed level of Council Tax discounts for 2020-2021 and make recommendations to Council as follows:

 

·       Retain the discount for second homes at zero

·       Retain the discount for empty homes (unoccupied and substantially unfurnished) at 50% for 3 months and thereafter at zero.

·       Retain the discount for empty homes undergoing major repair at zero

·       Retain the empty homes premium of an additional 100% for properties that have remained empty for more than 2 years. 

 

Decision:

Resolved

 

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

 

(2)          That Full Council be recommended to agree the option of no change to the current Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) for the financial year 2020-2021 and to amend the CTRS Regulations for Pensioners in line with the uprating announced by DCLG and to uprate the Working Age Regulations in line with those announced by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). 

 

(3)          That Full Council be recommended to delegate authority to the Executive Director Finance to make any changes to the Council Tax Regulations up to and including 31 January 2020 in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Performance and Governance (and to implement the same subject to consultation on material changes in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Finance Act 1992).

 

(4)          That having given due consideration, Full Council be recommended to agree the following level of Council Tax discounts for 2020-2021:

 

·         Retain the discount for second homes at zero

·         Retain the discount for empty homes (unoccupied and substantially unfurnished) at 50% for 3 months and thereafter at zero.

·         Retain the discount for empty homes undergoing major repair at zero.

·         Retain the empty homes premium of an additional 100% for properties that have remained empty for more than 2 years. 

 

8.

Medium Term Financial Strategy and Capital Funding Review pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Report of Executive Director Finance

 

Purpose of report

 

The Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) provides a starting point for the detailed budget process by setting out the principles and assumptions that underpin those budgets. This report seeks approval for these principles.

 

A review of the capital programme for 2019/20 has recently been carried out. In addition, the sources of funding for the programme have been reviewed and are clarified.

 

To endorse the continuation of the Business Rates Polling Arrangement for 2020-21

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1          To approve the MTFS principles set out in paragraph 3.4.

 

1.2           To approve the outline budget timetable set out in paragraph 3.6.

 

1.3           To note the budget assumptions and guidelines set out in Appendix 1.

 

1.4           To consider the revisions to the Capital Programme for 2019/20 as detailed in Appendix 2 and recommend the revised Capital Programme for approval at full Council.

 

1.5           To recommend that full council delegate authority to the Executive Director of Finance in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Performance and Governance to amend the Capital budget for the Watermeadow’s project to reflect the application for the Heritage Lottery Funding bid (and any other successful funding bids) if it proves to be successful.

 

1.6           To approve the Realignment of Reserves as detailed in Appendix 3.

 

1.7           To endorse the continuation of this Council being part of the Northamptonshire business rates pool for 2020-21.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)          That the Medium Term Financial Strategy principles be approved.

 

(2)          That the outline budget timetable be approved.

 

(3)          That the budget assumptions and guidelines be noted.

 

(4)          That having given due consideration, the revisions to the Capital Programme for 2019/20 (as detailed in the annex to the Minutes as set out in the Minute Book) be endorsed and Full Council be recommended to approve the revised Capital Programme.

 

(5)          That Full Council be recommended to delegate authority to the Executive Director of Finance, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Performance and Governance, to amend the Capital budget for the Watermeadow’s project to reflect the application for the Heritage Lottery Funding bid (and any other successful funding bids) if it proves to be successful.

 

(6)          That the Realignment of Reserves (annex to the Minutes as set out in the Minute Book) be approved

 

(7)          That the continuation of South Northamptonshire Council being part of the Northamptonshire business rates pool for 2020-21 be endorsed.

 

9.

Monthly Performance, Finance and Risk Report - August 2019 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Report of Assistant Director: Customers and Corporate Services and Head of Finance and Procurement

 

Purpose of report

 

This report summarises the Council’s Performance, Risk and Finance monitoring position as at the end of August.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1     To note the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)            That the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report be noted.

10.

Urgent Business (previously agreed with the Chairman)

To consider any items of urgent business.