Decisions

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Decisions published

06/02/2024 - Nomination of School Governors ref: 964    Recommendations Approved

To ask the Cabinet member to confirm the nominations of persons to serve as local authority school governors.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 14/02/2024

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member confirm the nominations for persons to serve as local authority governors as set out in Appendix 2 to the report

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Maria Thomas


06/02/2024 - Children's Services Capital Programme 2023-24 - Further Allocations ref: 963    Recommendations Approved

To approve a further allocation from the Children’s Services Capital Programme 2023-24. To note allocations made under delegated powers and the receipt of funds received/returned to the Children’s Services Capital Budget.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Education

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 14/02/2024

Decision:

That the Cabinet Member for Education:

 

a)   notes the allocations made under delegated powers by the Children’s Services Head of Development and the Executive Director of Children’s Services as detailed in Appendix 2;

 

b)   notes the receipt of the funds received/returned to the Children’s Services Capital budget as detailed in Appendix 3; and

 

c)  approves the allocation of £206,525 from the 2023-24 School     Condition Allocation to the schemes detailed in Appendix 4.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Jill Beacham


01/02/2024 - Public consultation - Early Help and Children's Centres ref: 962    Recommendations Approved

Report seeking approval to consult with the public and partner agencies on proposals to reduce the funding within Early Help and Children's Centres.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 01/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 01/02/2024

Effective from: 09/02/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED to:

 

1)    Approve the commencement of public consultation, and

engagement with partner agencies on the proposed redesign of the Early Help service, including Children’s Centres and specific services for children with a disability as outlined in the report; and

 

2)    Approve an in-principle decision for public consultation if savings proposals to specific services for children with disability require this.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Pete Lambert, Chris Caley


01/02/2024 - Capital Programme Approvals, Treasury Management and Capital Strategy for 2024-25 ref: 960    Recommendations Approved

To agree the above strategies as part of the Budget setting process

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 01/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 01/02/2024

Effective from: 09/02/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That Cabinet recommends to Council that it:

 

1) Approves the new Capital Starts Programme set out in Appendix two of the report and approves the procurement and award of contracts which support the delivery of the Capital Programme. All contract awards will then be subject to approval by Executive Directors (via an Executive Director Report) under the relevant Departmental Scheme of Delegation;

 

2) Approves the detailed Planned Asset Maintenance Programme for 2024-25 as set out in Appendix three of the report;

 

3) Adopts the Treasury Management Strategy for 2024-25 set out in Appendix four of the report;

 

4) Adopts the Investment Strategy for 2024-25 set out in Appendix five of the report;

 

5) Adopts the Capital Strategy for 2024-25 set out in Appendix six of the report;

 

6) Adopts the Minimum Revenue Provision Statement for 2024-25 set out in Appendix seven of the report; and

 

7) Adopts the application of financing up to 4% of disposal costs associated with land from capital receipts as set out in paragraph 4.7 of the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Heather Green, Mark Kenyon, Eleanor Scriven


01/02/2024 - Revenue Budget Report 2024-25 ref: 959    Recommendations Approved

To agree the Revenue Budget for the 2024/25 year

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 01/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 01/02/2024

Effective from: 09/02/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

That Cabinet recommends to Council that it:

 

1) Notes the details of the Autumn Statement 2023 and Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement as outlined in sections 4.3 and 4.4 of the report;

 

2) Notes the Government’s expectations about Council Tax levels for 2024-25 in section 4.5 of the report;

 

3) Approves the precepts as outlined in section 4.5 and Appendix Four of the report;

 

4) Approves that billing authorities are informed of Council Tax levels arising from the budget proposals as outlined in section 4.5 and Appendix Four of the report;

 

5) Approves the contingency to cover non-standard inflation as outlined in section 4.7 of the report, and the contingency be allocated by the Director of Finance & ICT, as S151 Officer, once non-standard inflation has been agreed;

 

6) Approves the service pressure items identified in section 4.8 and Appendix Five of the report;

         

7) Approves the increase to budgets for undeliverable prior year savings proposals as outlined in section 4.9 of the report;

 

8) Approves the level and allocation of budget savings as outlined in section 4.10 and Appendix Six of the report;

 

9) Notes the comments of the Director of Finance & ICT, as S151 Officer, about the robustness of the estimates and adequacy of the reserves as outlined in section 4.11 of the report;

 

10) Notes the details of the Council’s consultation activity as outlined in section 5 of the report;

 

11) Approves the Council Tax requirement of £410,111,128 which is calculated as follows:

 

£

 

Budget Before Non-Inflationary Pressures and

Budget Reductions

 

705,047,178

Plus Service Pressures – ongoing

6,391,000

Plus Adult Social Care Precept

7,816,432

Plus Service Pressures - one-off

17,287,000

Less Budget Reductions

-40,068,000

Increase in Debt Charges - ongoing

9,845,000

Increase in Debt Charges – one-off

1,423,000

Increase in Risk Management Budget

6,111,671

Decrease in Interest and Dividend Receipts

                 916,000

 

Net Budget Requirement

 

714,769,281

 

Less Top-Up

-101,908,989

Less Business Rates

-18,418,000

Less Revenue Support Grant

-16,755,184

Less New Homes Bonus

-843,359

Less General Grant

-135,023,210

Less PFI Grant

-10,503,833

Less Use of Earmarked Reserves

 

           -21,205,578

Balance to be met from Council Tax

          410,111,128

 

 

12) Approves the use of the Revenue Contributions to the Capital Expenditure Earmarked Reserve to provide one-off support to the 2024-25 Revenue Budget; and

 

13) Authorises the Director of Finance & ICT, as S151 Officer, to allocate cash limits amongst Cabinet portfolios and the Executive Directors will then report to Cabinet on the revised Service Plans for 2024-25.

 

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Heather Green, Mark Kenyon, Eleanor Scriven


01/02/2024 - Reserves Position and Reserves Policy ref: 957    Recommendations Approved

To agree the Reserves Position and Policy as part of the 2024/25 budget setting.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 01/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 01/02/2024

Effective from: 09/02/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED to:

 

1)    Note the current position on Earmarked Reserves;

 

2)    Note the details of the amounts to be released from Earmarked Reserves balances to the General Reserve;

 

3)    Note that the £31.803m released from Earmarked Reserves is expected to be fully required to mitigate the forecast 2023-24 overspend, with the balance being funded from the RCCO Earmarked Reserve held to support revenue budget management, and so ensure that the General Reserve balance remains at a minimum level; and

 

4)    Approve the Reserves Policy at Appendix five to this report.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Heather Green, Mark Kenyon, Eleanor Scriven


01/02/2024 - Budget Consultation Results ref: 958    Recommendations Approved

To enable Cabinet to consider the outcome of the Council’s budget consultation exercises in formulating its budgetary proposals to Full Council regarding the Revenue Budget for 2024-25.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 01/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 01/02/2024

Effective from: 09/02/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

To take into account the views of the consultation respondents when formulating its proposals to Full Council regarding the Revenue Budget for 2024-25.

Lead officer: Eleanor Scriven


01/02/2024 - Council Plan 2024-25 ref: 961    Recommendations Approved

Approval of the Council Plan, Departmental Service Plans and Commercial Pipeline for 2024-25

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 01/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 01/02/2024

Effective from: 09/02/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED to:

 

1)    Agree the authority’s Council Plan for 2024-25 and recommend it to Full Council for approval; and

 

2)    Note the Strategic Objectives Implementation Plan 2024-25.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Esther Croll, Laura Howe, Matthew Walters