Agenda and draft minutes

Finance & Performance Scrutiny
Monday, 19 August 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: De Montfort Suite, Hinckley Hub

Contact: Tan Ashraf, Democratic Services Officer, tel 01455 255834 

Items
No. Item

105.

Apologies and substitutions

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor Cope with the substitution of Councillor MJ Crooks authorised in accordance with council procedure rule 10.

106.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor P Williams, seconded by Councillor Sheppard-Bools and

 

RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 24 June be confirmed and signed by the chairman.

107.

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.

108.

Performance and Risk Management Framework 1st Quarter Summary for 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 475 KB

To provide the 1st quarter 2019/20 outturn position for performance indicators, service improvement plans and corporate and service area risks.

 

 

Minutes:

Members received the first quarter outturn report in relation to performance indicators, service improvement plans, corporate risks and service area risks. During discussion, the previous points were raised:

 

·         Historical data should be provided to show performance over time

·         The risk information should outline the actual risk and the likelihood and impact of it

·         The financial implications of the ICT-related risks should be highlighted

·         The report should be more user-friendly with fewer acronyms and jargon.

 

Some members expressed concern about the changes to targets, particular where the target was lower than the previous year’s outturn (for example, leisure centre footfall). Officers asked members to let them know of particular target changes that they wished to receive further information on.

 

RESOLVED – the report be noted and abovementioned comments be taken into consideration.

109.

Financial Outturn June 2019 pdf icon PDF 155 KB

To present the financial outturn position as at June 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The financial outturn position at the end of the first quarter was presented to the group. There was discussion on the way the figures were presented when taken from reserves in terms of showing negatively or positively. Some concerns about unknown costs were discussed, including fair funding, business rates and the government’s suggestion of mandatory food waste collection.

 

It was suggested that another session be arranged for members to look at local government finance.

 

RESOLVED – the report be noted.

110.

Treasury Management Quarter 1 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 248 KB

To report on the Council’s Treasury Management activity in the first quarter of 2019/20.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the council’s treasury management activity in the first quarter of 2019/20.

 

RESOLVED – the report be noted.

111.

Business Rates and Pooling Update Quarter 1 - 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 195 KB

To report on business rates performance from 1 April – 30 June 2019.

Minutes:

Members received a report on business rates performance. It was anticipated that county councils may be favoured over districts in the business rates review due to their need to fund social care. It was felt that a one year settlement may be announced in advance of permanent arrangements.

 

RESOLVED – the report be noted.

112.

Sundry Debts - Quarter 1 - 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 337 KB

To report on the position on sundry debts as at 30 June 2019.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the position on sundry debts.

 

RESOLVED – the report be noted.