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To receive any apologies for absence from Members.
Apologies were received from Mrs Burkitt, Mr Clifton, Mr Conde, Mr Gale and Mr Parsons.
The Chairman confirmed that his engagements had been circulated in advance of the meeting.
The Chairman credited the work and professionalism of the emergency services in response to the explosion in Leicester City on Sunday 26 February 2018. He expressed sadness at the loss of 5 lives in the explosion, with others seriously injured and in hospital.
The Chairman also advised Members that it was his intention, with their approval, to write a letter of congratulations to Dr Sarah Furness who will take over the role of Lord Lieutenant of Rutland on March 29 2018.
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LEADER, MEMBERS OF THE CABINET OR THE HEAD OF PAID SERVICE
There were no announcements from the Leader, Members of the Cabinet or the Head of Paid Service.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
In accordance with the Regulations, Members are invited to declare any disclosable interests under the Code of Conduct and the nature of those interests in respect of items on this Agenda and/or indicate if Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.
The Chairman reminded members of the guidance issued by the Monitoring Officer in relation to Council Tax setting.
Mr Oxley declared a pecuniary interest in item 7 (Fees and Charges Report) of the agenda.
PETITIONS, DEPUTATIONS AND QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
To receive any petitions, deputations or questions received from members of the public in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 24 which provides that any petition, deputation or question received shall only be considered if it relates to an item on the agenda.
The total time allowed for this is 30 minutes. Petitions, deputations and questions will be dealt with in the order in which they are received and any which are not considered within the time limit shall receive a written response after the meeting.
There were no petitions, deputations or questions from members of the public.
QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL
To receive any questions submitted from Members of the Council in
accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rules 24, 30 and 30A. Any
question received shall only be considered if it relates to an item on the
There were no questions from members of the council.
To receive Report No. 44/2018 from the Cabinet on recommendations referred to the Council for determination and to note the Key Decisions taken at its meetings held on 16 January 2018 and 30 January 2018.
The Chairman reminded members of the mandatory requirement to record votes in relation to the Budget, setting Council Tax and issuing precepts.
Report No. 44/2018 from the Cabinet was received to consider recommendations of the Cabinet referred to Council for determination and to note the Key Decisions made by Cabinet at its meetings held on 16 January 2018 and 30 January 2018.
1) Council NOTED the Key Decisions made by Cabinet since the publication of the agenda for the previous ordinary meeting of the Council on 15 January 2018.
2) 19 December 2017
Decision N0. 473
Report No. 213/2017
FEES AND CHARGES 2018-19
Mr Brown introduced and moved the recommendations in the report. Mr Begy seconded the recommendations.
During his introduction, Mr Brown, highlighted that these fees and charges represented a significant form of income for the Council and so it was important that they were set at the correct level. Some fees and charges were set at a statutory level, where the setting of fees was discretionary a 2% increase had been applied, unless there was business case to do something differently.
During debate of the recommendation, points raised included:
i. Charges for residential care were not representative of the high fees paid by those in private residential care settings.
a) To APPROVE the level of fees and charges for 2018/19 as set out in Appendices 1-4 of Report No. 213/2017.
b) To APPROVE that the fees for local elections and referendum continue to be set in line with other Local Authorities from Leicestershire.
The above resolution was voted as follows:
FOR THE MOTION (19)
Mr Arnold, Mr Baines, Mr Begy, Mr Bird, Mr Bool, Mr Brown, Mr Callaghan, Mr Cross, Mr Dale, Mr Foster, Mrs Fox, Mr Hemsley, Mr Lammie, Mr Mann, Mrs Stephenson, Mr Stewart, Miss Waller, Mr Walters, Mr Wilby.
AGAINST THE MOTION (0)
ABSTAINING FROM VOTING (1)
3) 16 January 2018
Decision No. 517
Report No. 6/2018
TREASURY MANAGEMENT STRATEGY AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY 2018/19
Mr Brown introduced and moved the recommendations in the report. Mr Hemsley seconded the recommendations.
During his introduction Mr Brown gave a brief summary of the legislative requirements for these strategies and also highlighted the changes that had been made following feedback from Scrutiny.
a) To APPROVE the Treasury Management Strategy in Appendix 1 (Report 6/2018) including the Investment Strategy, Borrowing strategy, Minimum Revenue Provision statement and Capital Expenditure Prudential indicators.
b) To APPROVE the Capital Investment Strategy in Appendix 2 (Report 6/2018).
c) To APPROVE the establishment of a £10m fund for commercial investments to be used in accordance with Commercial Investment Policy in Appendix 2, Annexe B1 (Report 6/2018).
d) To APPROVE an increase in the Authorised Borrowing Limit to £33m (previously £28m) and the Operational Boundary to £28m (previously £23m).
e) To APPROVE the use of £50k as a start-up fund from the Invest to Save reserve (as required) to fund any pre acquisition costs associated with potential investments.
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To receive Report No. 34/2018 that seeks Council’s approval of the calculation and level of Council Tax for 2017/18 in accordance with legislative requirements.
Report No. 34/2018 from the Director for Resources was received to enable the Council to calculate and set the level of Council Tax for 2018/19 in accordance with legislative requirements.
The Leader, Mr Hemsley, introduced the report and moved the recommendations. Mr Brown seconded the recommendations.
a) To APPROVE the formal Council Tax resolution shown at Appendix A of Report No. 34/2018;
b) To NOTE no changes to the Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTS) for 2018/19; and
c) To NOTE the changes to the empty homes discounts and long term empty premium for 2018/19.
The above resolution was voted as follows:
FOR THE MOTION (20)
Mr Arnold, Mr Baines, Mr Begy, Mr Bird, Mr Bool, Mr Brown, Mr Callaghan, Mr Cross, Mr Dale, Mr Foster, Mrs Fox, Mr Hemsley, Mr Lammie, Mr Mann, Mr Oxley, Mrs Stephenson, Mr Stewart, Miss Waller, Mr Walters, Mr Wilby.
AGAINST THE MOTION (0)
ABSTAINING FROM VOTING (0)
APPOINTMENT OF REPRESENTATIVES TO OUTSIDE ORGANISATIONS
To review and appoint the Council’s representatives on outside organisations following appointment of a new Leader and changes to Portfolio’s. A list of the bodies to which appointments are to be made will be circulated ahead of the meeting.
The Chairman advised that this item had been withdrawn.
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLES SCRUTINY PANEL
The Council is requested to appoint a Chairman to the Children and Young Peoples Scrutiny Panel following the appointment of Mr N Begy to the Cabinet. This appointment will be effective for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2017/18.
Nominations were invited for the office of Chair of the Children and Young Peoples Scrutiny Panel.
A nomination was received from Mr Hemsley who proposed the appointment of Mrs Burkitt. This was seconded by Mr Foster.
A nomination was received from Miss Waller who proposed the appointment of Mr Oxley. This was seconded by Mr Callaghan.
Mr Oxley gave a short speech with regard to his suitability for this role. He confirmed that he had been a Councillor since 2003 and had made a significant contribution at Scrutiny Panel meetings over the years. He would hope to work with the Portfolio Holder in order to ensure positive outcomes for the young people of Rutland.
In response to several points of order from members, the Chairman clarified that it was not relevant that Mrs Burkitt was not present at the meeting, nor that she was not currently a member of the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Panel. The nomination could still stand. Political Balance would be re-visited at the next meeting following the outcome of the by-election, but this would not necessarily have any effect on the allocation of places on committees/scrutiny panels.
Mrs Burkitt was appointed as Chairman of the Children and Young Peoples Scrutiny Panel for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2017/18.