Agenda and minutes

Finance & Performance Scrutiny - Monday, 4 September 2023 6.30 pm

Venue: De Montfort Suite, Hinckley Hub. View directions

Contact: Rebecca Valentine-Wilkinson, Democratic Services Officer, tel 01455 255834 

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Apologies and substitutions


Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor Cope.


Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.


It was moved by Councillor Williams, seconded by Councillor Weightman and


RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 3 July be approved as a correct record.


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.


No interests were declared.


Hinckley Leisure Centre Annual Performance Review 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 508 KB

To provide members with an annual update report and presentation on the performance of Hinckley Leisure Centre for the 12-month period April 2022 – March 2023, under the operation of Places Leisure


Representatives of Hinckley Leisure Centre presented the annual performance review. During the presentation and discussion, the following points were raised:


·         Members of the leisure centre came from as far as Market Bosworth and Nuneaton

·         Community outreach projects to villages were underway

·         There was a dedicated post for GP referrals which were mostly referred to the leisure centre but some to Sport In Desford

·         A better offering for schools was being explored

·         Inflationary increases had not been passed on to the user and fees had been frozen for 2023.


Treasury Management Quarter 1 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 435 KB

To inform members of the Council’s treasury management activity in the first quarter of 2023/24


Members were informed of the council’s treasury management activity in the first quarter of 2023/24. It was noted that a report on the crematorium project would be brought to the November meeting of Council.


Financial Outturn - June 2023 pdf icon PDF 408 KB

To present to members the financial outturn position as at June 2023

Additional documents:


The finance outturn position for the first quarter of 2023/24 was presented to the meeting. During discussion, the following was noted:


·         Planning income had fluctuated due to variation on types of schemes coming forward

·         A large portion of the reserve set aside for planning appeals had been spent

·         The leisure centre was exploring installation of solar panels.


Sundry Debts Quarter 1 pdf icon PDF 561 KB

To present to members the position on sundry debts as at 30 June 2023




Consideration was given to the sundry debts position for the first quarter of 2023/24. Whilst it was noted that estates and homelessness often made up a high proportion of the debt due to their nature, it was also noted that debt from other local authorities was contributing to the fall in collection performance and this was being investigated.


Business Rates and Pooling update Quarter 1 pdf icon PDF 399 KB

To inform members of business rates performance from 1 April 2023 – 30 June 2023


Members were updated on business rates and pooling was presented. It was explained that a revaluation was due in the current year which may lead to challenges and refunds being required as rates had been increased for many businesses.


Finance & Performance Scrutiny Work Programme pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To inform members of the current work programme


The work programme was noted.