Agenda and minutes

Budget Council, Council
Thursday, 21 February 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Rebecca Owen, Democratic Services Officer on 01455255879 or email  rebecca.owen@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

392.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Bessant, Boothby, Mrs Cope, Mr Cope, Lay, O’Shea, Smith and Witherford.

393.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 63 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 29 January 2019.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Hall, seconded by Councillor Morrell and

 

RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 29 January 2019 be confirmed and signed by the Mayor.

394.

Declarations of interest

To receive verbally from Members any disclosures which they are required to make in accordance with the Council's code of conduct or in pursuance of Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. This is in addition to the need for such disclosure to be also given when the relevant matter is reached on the Agenda.

Minutes:

 No interests were declared at this stage.

395.

Mayor's Communications

To receive such communications as the Mayor may decide to lay before the Council.

Minutes:

The Mayor reported on recent events and on a ‘magic table’ called the Tovertafel that she had seen in use on a recent care home visit which could provide interactive light games for people of all ages, particularly people with dementia and autism.

396.

Leader of the Council's Position Statement

Our meeting this evening is very much about the budget, but there are a number of points which I wish to also report to members this evening and I’ll address those first.

 

I had the pleasure recently to meet with the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, on his brief visit to Hinckley. The visit took place at Hinckley District Hospital and was an opportunity to discuss in more detail how the £8m investment announced in December will benefit the local health services and increase the care we can provide more locally within Hinckley and Bosworth. 

 

I also had the opportunity to brief him on the joint prevention work that this council does with health to reduce the burden on the NHS, and to outline our desire to support more of this work and the social prescribing ambitions that he has recently announced.

 

The investment in Hinckley supports plans for the transition to a much more patient-centred approach to care which focusses on providing modern, fit for purpose facilities to support more services in the local community, and closer to home. It is fantastic news for local people.

 

Some buildings and facilities which are not fit for purpose will be upgraded and improved facilities will ensure that the local health service can provide the highest standards of care quite rightly expected by local people.

 

The plans focus on making better use of all available existing space in Hinckley Health Centre (Hill Street,) and at Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital (Sunnyside) by:

 

      refurbishing Hinckley Health Centre, to accommodate X-ray/ultrasound, physiotherapy and an increased number of consulting rooms;

      creating a combined day case surgery and endoscopy unit with day-case beds, which will provide an increased range of day case procedures and cancer screening services for local patients; and

      relocating the out-of-hours primary care service from Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital into the new developed urgent care hub in Hinckley Health Centre providing out-of-hours urgent care for local patients.

 

I shall continue to give the NHS and local CCG my full support with these plans as they seek to modernise healthcare in our Borough.

 

The date of Brexit is looming and whilst we still do not know the outcome of MPs’ deliberations it is clear that the majority believe that the ‘no-deal’ option should be avoided. This is very much the case with business leaders locally, many of whom would much prefer to remain within the single market. This council, along with other agencies, continues to make preparations for Brexit in whatever form it takes.

 

Since our last Council meeting I have continued discussions with Leicestershire LLEP in an attempt to reach agreement on the use of the retained growth in business rates from MIRA Technology Park.

 

However at their board meeting on 5 February 2019, the LLEP Board was recommended, and approved to:-

 

Suspend investment in MIRA Technology Park (MTP) EZ on the basis that HBBC’s position is not consistent with that of CBC and LCC as  ...  view the full agenda text for item 396.

Minutes:

In his position statement, the Leader of Council referred to:

 

·         His recent meeting with the Secretary of State for Health and visit to Hinckley District Hospital

·         NHS and CCG plans to invest in healthcare in Hinckley

·         Preparations being undertaken in advance of leaving the EU

·         Business rates grown from MIRA technology park

·         A recent presentation by Leicestershire County Council to the Together 4 Tenants group which did not serve to address the group’s concerns about the county council’s intentions in relation to housing stock in the event of the creation of a unitary authority

·         The reiteration by the Secretary of State that no new proposals for unitary authorities would be considered under current legislation

·         Concern about Hinckley national rail freight interchange proposals

·         Reassurances that Cineworld in the Crescent would not close as a result of block C being sold.

397.

Minutes of the Scrutiny Commission pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To receive for information only the minutes of the joint meeting of the Scrutiny Commission meeting and Finance & Performance Scrutiny held on 7 February 2019.

Minutes:

The minutes of the Scrutiny Commission were noted.

398.

Budget Reports

The budget reports may be debated as one but separate votes are to be taken on each report.

Minutes:

Council gave consideration to the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS), the general fund budget, council tax setting, the housing revenue account budget, the capital programme, fees & charges, the treasury management strategy & prudential indicators and the capital strategy. The finance team was commended for putting together the complex reports in uncertain circumstances.

 

A member queried that, in table 5b of the MTFS report, two entries were repeated. Officers explained that these related to different studies but agreed to send the detail to members outside of the meeting.

 

The ward councillor thanked members and officers for working together to agree proposals for a new public toilet in Earl Shilton.

 

Councillor Wright left the meeting at this juncture.

 

Councillor Ladkin, seconded by Councillor Hall, MOVED that the recommendations in the reports on the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS), the general fund budget, council tax setting, the housing revenue account budget, the capital programme, fees & charges, the treasury management strategy & prudential indicators and the capital strategy be approved.

 

It was noted that, in accordance with the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, voting would be recorded in relation to the general fund budget and the council tax setting decisions.

 

Councillor Bray, along with six further members, requested that voting also be recorded on the Medium Term Financial Strategy, the capital programme and fees and charges. He requested that a single recorded vote be taken together for all five items. Members and the Mayor were supportive of this suggestion and the vote was taken as follows:

 

Councillors Allen, Camamile, Cook, Hall, Kirby, Ladkin, MacDonald, Morrell, Nickerson, Richards, Roberts, Surtees, Sutton, Wallace, Ward and Williams voted FOR the motion (16);

 

Councillors Bill, Bray, Cartwright, Crooks, Hodgkins, Hollick, Lynch and Nichols voted AGAINST the motion (8).

 

The motion was therefore declared CARRIED and the resolutions recorded in the following items.

398a

Medium Term Financial Strategy pdf icon PDF 470 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Following a request by the requisite number of members, voting on this item was recorded. The detail of the recorded vote is contained in minute 398 above. The motion was CARRIED and it was

 

RESOLVED – the updated Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2019/20 to 2023/24 be approved.

Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
For the MTFS Resolution Carried
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  • 398b

    General Fund Budget Report pdf icon PDF 344 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    In accordance the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, voting on this item was recorded. The detail of the recorded vote is contained in minute 398 above. The motion was CARRIED and it was

     

    RESOLVED

     

    (i)            the general fund budget for 2018/19 and 2019/20 be approved;

     

    (ii)           the special expenses area budget for 2018/19 and 2019/20 be approved;

     

    (iii)          the movement in general fund reserves and balances for 2018/19 and 2019/20 be approved.

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    For general fund budget Resolution Carried
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  • 398c

    Council tax setting 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 245 KB

    Minutes:

    In accordance the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, voting on this item was recorded. The detail of the recorded vote is contained in minute 398 above. The motion was CARRIED and it was

     

    RESOLVED – for the financial year 2019/20, the following be approved in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992:

     

    (i)            £44,613,762 being the aggregate gross amount of expenditure;

     

    (ii)           £37,428,361 being the aggregate gross amount of income;

     

    (iii)          £7,185,401 being the amount by which the aggregate at (i) above exceeds (ii) above calculated by the council in accordance with the Act as its council tax requirement for the year;

     

    (iv)         £132.09 being the amount at (iii) above divided by the tax base, calculated by the council in accordance with the Act, as the basic amount of its council tax for the year;

     

    (v)          a band D council tax for borough wide services, excluding special expenses and parish council precepts of £113.12;

     

    (vi)         an average band D council tax relating to borough wide services and an average of special expenses and parish council services of £186.22;

     

    (vii)        appendix B to the report, being the council tax for Hinckley & Bosworth borough divided by the tax base, including amounts for Leicestershire County Council, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire and Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Combined Fire Authority and for each area and valuation;

     

    (viii)       a forecast transfer of £14,121 council tax surplus from the collection fund to the general fund.

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    For council tax setting Resolution Carried
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  • 398d

    Housing Revenue Account pdf icon PDF 193 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED

     

    (i)            the rent policy for 2019/20 be approved;

     

    (ii)        the revised housing revenue and housing repairs account budgets for 2018/19 be approved;

     

    (iii)       the housing revenue and housing repairs account budgets for 2019/20 be approved;

     

    (iv)       the proposed movement in reserves be approved.

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    For housing revenue account Resolution Carried
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  • 398e

    Capital Programme pdf icon PDF 325 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Following a request by the requisite number of members, voting on this item was recorded. The detail of the recorded vote is contained in minute 398 above. The motion was CARRIED and it was

     

    RESOLVED

     

    (i)            The capital programme for the years 2018/19 to 2021/22 be approved;

     

    (ii)           The growth bids and savings detailed in the report be approved.

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    For capital programme Resolution Carried
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  • 398f

    Fees and Charges pdf icon PDF 206 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Following a request by the requisite number of members, voting on this item was recorded. The detail of the recorded vote is contained in minute 398 above. The motion was CARRIED and it was

     

    RESOLVED – the fees and charges book for 2019/20 be approved.

    Recorded Vote
    TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
    For fees & charges Resolution Carried
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  • 398g

    Treasury Management Strategy 2018/19 - 2021/22 and Prudential Indicators 2018/19 - 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 325 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED

     

    (i)            the prudential indicators and limits for 2018/19 to 2021/22, including the authorised limit prudential indicator, be approved;

     

    (ii)           the minimum revenue provision (MRP) be approved;

     

    (iii)          the treasury management strategy be approved.

    398h

    Capital Strategy pdf icon PDF 420 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED – the capital strategy be approved.