Agenda and minutes

Previously scheduled for 14th February 2017, Cabinet
Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 9.30 am, MOVED

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre

Contact: Pat Wood  023 8083 2302

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41.

Corporate Revenue Financial Monitoring for the period to the end of December 2016 pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member for Finance summarising the General Fund and Housing Revenue Account revenue financial position for the Authority for the six month period to the end of December 2016, attached.

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On consideration of the report of the Cabinet Member for Finance, Cabinet agreed the following:

 

General Fund

 

i)  Note the current General Fund revenue position for 2016/17 as at Quarter. 3, which is a forecast under spend at year end of £0.85M against the working budget, as outlined in paragraph 4 and Appendix 1. 

ii)  Note that the forecast over spend for portfolios is £3.69M as outlined in paragraph 5.

iii)  Note the actions and assumptions being put in place to address the overspend position as described in paragraph 7.

iv)  Note the performance to date with regard to the delivery of the agreed savings proposals approved for 2016/17 as detailed in Appendix 3.

v)  Note the performance against the financial health indicators detailed in Appendix 4.

vi)  Note the performance outlined in the Quarterly Treasury Management Report attached as Appendix 5.

vii)  Note the performance outlined in the Quarterly Collection Fund Statement attached as Appendix 7.

 

Housing Revenue Account

 

viii)  Note the current HRA budget monitoring position for 2016/17, as at Quarter 3. There is a forecast underspend at year end of £0.07M against the working budget as outlined in paragraphs 19 and 20 and in Appendix 6.

42.

The Revised Medium Term Financial Strategy 2017/18 to 2020/21 Including the General Fund Revenue Budget pdf icon PDF 585 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member for Finance seeking approval for the revised Medium Term Finance Strategy 2017/18 to 2020/21 including the General Fund Revenue Budget, attached.

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DECISION MADE:  (CAB 16/17 18454)

 

On consideration of the report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and having considered representations from an Honorary Alderman, Cabinet agreed the following:

 

i) Note the position on the forecast favourable outturn position for 2016/17 as set out in paragraphs 31 to 37.

ii) Note the revised Medium Term Financial Strategy 2017/18 to 2020/21 as detailed in Appendix 5.

iii) Note the aims and objectives of the Medium Term Financial Strategy which will be presented to Council for approval on 15 February 2017.

iv) Note that the revised proposals (following consultation) reduce cost and generate income that amount to £19.6M in 2017/18 increasing to £30.8M in 2018/19.

v) Note that formal budget consultation began on 16 November 2016 and ended on 8th February 2017 The outcome of the consultation in outlined in paragraphs 103 to 110 and in Appendix 1.

vi) Note that the Executive’s budget proposals will impact on staffing and that consultation will be undertaken in line with legislation and the Councils agreed processes before proposals are implemented.

vii) Note that the Executive’s budget proposals are based on the assumptions detailed within the MTFS and that this includes a Council Tax increase of 4.99 %, 1.99% under general powers to increase Council Tax without a referendum and 3.00% Social Care Precept in 2017/18 and 2018/19.

viii) Note and approve the arrangements made by the Leader, in accordance with the Local Government Act 2000, for the Cabinet Member for Finance to have responsibility for financial management and budgetary polices and strategies, and that the Cabinet Member for Finance will in accordance with the Budget and Policy Framework Rules as set out in the Council’s Constitution , be authorised to finalise the Executive’s proposals in respect of the Budget for 2017/18 and 2018/19, in consultation with the Leader, for submission to full Council 15 February 2017.

ix) To delegate authority to the Service Director – Finance & Commercialisation (S151 Officer), following consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance, to do anything necessary to give effect to the proposals contained in this report and any implications from of the Final Local Government Finance Settlement

x) Approves and recommends to Council where appropriate, the MTFS and General Fund Revenue Budget changes as set out in Council recommendations i) to xiv).

 

It is recommended that Council:

i) Notes the budget consultation process that was followed as detailed in Appendix 1.

ii) Notes that the budget consultation feedback has been taken into consideration by the Cabinet and has informed their final budget proposals.

iii) Notes the Equality and Safety Impact Assessment process that was followed as set out in paragraphs 115 to 117 and the details contained in Appendix 2 which reflect the feedback received through the consultation process.

iv) Note the position on the forecast outturn position for 2016/17 as set out in paragraphs 31 to 37.

v) Approves the revised Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) for the period 2017/18 to 2020/21 including the General  ...  view the full minutes text for item 42.

43.

* The General Fund and Housing Revenue Account Capital Programmes 2016/17 TO 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member for Finance seeking approval for the General Fund and Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme 2016/17 to 2021/22, attached.

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DECISION MADE:  (CAB 16/17 17567)

 

On consideration of the report of the Cabinet Member for Finance, Cabinet agreed the following:

 

(i)  Note the revised General Fund Capital Programme, which totals £205.46M (as detailed in paragraph 4) and the associated use of resources.

(ii)  Notes that a net £0.08M has been added to the General Fund overall programme, with approval to spend in 2016/17, under delegated powers. These additions are detailed in paragraph 6 and Appendix 2.

(iii)  Notes the addition of a total of £54.98M to the General Fund programme and the request for approval to spend £54.98M as detailed in paragraphs 10 - 28, Appendices 1, 2 and 3. Note that the approval to spend is requested subject to any variations from the spend detailed in the report being reviewed and approved by the Council Capital Board and not exceeding the amounts identified within this programme.

(iv)  Notes that £1.34M has been removed from the overall General Fund programme, as referred to in paragraph 6 and Appendix 2.

(v)  Notes that £0.10M has been re-phased from 2017/18 to 2016/17, £0.06M within the Transport portfolio and £0.04M within the City Services portfolio, as detailed in paragraph 30 and Appendix 3.

(vi)  Notes that the revised General Fund Capital Programme is based on prudent assumptions of future Government Grants to be received.

(vii)  Notes the changes to the General Fund programme, as summarised in Appendix 2 and described in detail in Appendix 3.

(viii)  Notes the slippage and re-phasing as set out in paragraph 31 and as described in detail in Appendix 3.

(ix)  Notes that the General Fund forecast position at Quarter 3 for 2016/17 is £151.5M, resulting in a potential overspend of £2.00M, as detailed in paragraph 33, Appendix 5 and confidential Appendix 6.

(x)  Notes the position on the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme as detailed in paragraphs 50 to 53 and in appendices 7 and 8.

(xi)  Note that a review of the Council’s capital strategy has been undertaken as detailed in Appendix 9.

(xii)  Notes that the Capital Strategy and Capital Programme update will be reported to Council on 15th February 2017 for approval.

44.

Housing Revenue Account Budget Report and Business Plan pdf icon PDF 140 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Adult Care seeking approval for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) budget proposals and long term business plan to be recommended to the Council meeting on 15th February 2016, attached.

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DECISION MADE (CAB 16/17 18366)

 

On consideration of the report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Adult Care, Cabinet agreed the following:

 

(i)  To consider the report and agree that the recommendations, as set out below, be made to Council at the meeting on 15 February 2017.

 

It is recommended that Council:

(i)  To thank the Tenant Resources Group for their input to the capital and revenue budget setting process and to note their endorsement of the recommendations set out in this report and also the broad support for the proposals received at the Tenants’ Winter Conference.

(ii)  To approve that, from 1 April 2017, a standard decrease should be applied to all dwelling rents of 1.0%, as set out in paragraph 18 of this report, equivalent to an average decrease of £0.86 per week in the current average weekly dwelling rent figure of £86.20.

(iii)  To note the following weekly service charges from 1 April 2017 based on a full cost recovery approach:

  Digital TV £0.42 (unchanged from 2016/17)

  Concierge monitoring £1.20 (unchanged from 2016/17)

  Tower Block Warden £4.97 (unchanged from 2016/17)

  Cleaning service in walk-up blocks £0.63 (unchanged from 2016/17).

(iv)  To note the weekly service charges for supported accommodation from 1 April 2017:

  Call Monitoring Charge  - £1.25 (unchanged from 2016/17)

  Careline Silver - £3.00 (unchanged from 2016/17)

  Careline Gold - £4.25 (unchanged from 2016/17)

(v)  To note that the charges to Council tenants for garages and parking spaces for 2017/18 will increase by 1% in line with CPI as at September 2016.

(vi)  To approve the Housing Revenue Account Revenue Estimates as set out in the attached Appendix 1.

(vii)  To approve the 30 year Business Plans for revenue and capital expenditure set out in Appendices 2 and 3 respectively.

(viii)  To note the HRA Business Plan - Planning Assumptions, as set out in Appendix 4.

(ix)  To note that rental income and service charge payments will continue to be paid by tenants over a 48 week period.