Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Tuesday, 12th January, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: https://zoom.us/j/99262575750

Contact: Emma Powley  01572 720991

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Decision:

Councillor Walters submitted his apologies.

2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND/OR HEAD OF THE PAID SERVICE

3.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

In accordance with the Regulations, Members are required to declare any personal or prejudicial interests they may have 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.

4.

RECORD OF DECISIONS

To confirm the Record of Decisions made at the meeting of the Cabinet held on the 15th Deceber 2020

5.

ITEMS RAISED BY SCRUTINY

To receive items raised by members of scrutiny which have been submitted to the Leader and Chief Executive.

6.

UPDATE ON HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

Verbal update

7.

COVID 19 - USE OF EMERGENCY POWERS pdf icon PDF 339 KB

Report no: 01/2021

Decision:

 

a)    Cabinet noted the present position in Rutland in respect of COVID 19

 

b)    Cabinet noted the continued applicability of the Civil Emergency Delegation.

 

8.

DRAFT 2021/22 REVENUE AND CAPITAL BUDGET pdf icon PDF 292 KB

(Copy to follow)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet approved for consultation:

·         The General Fund Budget of £42.4m for 2021/22 detailed in Section 3

·         An increase in Council Tax of 1.99% with a further 1% for the Adult Social Care precept of the 3% available over 2 years

·         The capital programme as detailed in Section 6

·         The creation of a new Earmarked Reserve for Ash Dieback (£500k) as per para 3.5.9

·         The minimum reserve level be increased from £2m to £3m to reflect the changing risk profile.

 

Cabinet noted:

·         The advice from the Council’s Section 151 Officer in respect of the budget as set out in para 2.1.12

·         The Medium Term financial outlook and commits to taking action in 21/22 to address the deficit position

·         Representations to government on the unfair distribution of the Local Government Settlement and the resulting impact on Rutland residents

·         That the funding position may change when the NNDR (business rates) tax base and local government finance settlement is finalised

·         That additional revenue or capital expenditure may be incurred in 2021/22 funded through 2020/21 budget under spends to be carried forward via earmarked reserves. The use of reserves for budget carry forwards is not currently shown in the budget but will have no impact on the General Fund

·         The estimated deficit of c£186k on the Collection Fund as at 31 March 2021 (Section 4.2) of which £160k is the Rutland share

·         That Council will be considering the Treasury Management Strategy and Capital Investment Strategy separately

 

9.

TREASURY MANAGEMENT STRATEGY pdf icon PDF 1008 KB

Report no: 161/2020

(Key decision)

Decision:

Cabinet recommended to Council to approve:

 

a)          the Treasury Management Strategy in Appendix 1 of the report including the Investment Strategy, Borrowing strategy, Minimum Revenue Provision statement and Capital Expenditure Prudential indicators.

 

b)          the Capital Investment Strategy which is unchanged from that approved last year in Report 05/2020

 

10.

FEES AND CHARGES 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 456 KB

Report no: 05/2021

(Key decision)

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

1.    Cabinet approved the level of fees and charges for 2021/22 as set out in Appendices 1-4 of the report.

 

2.    Cabinet noted that taxi and private hire vehicle licenses fees would be subject to change based on the outcome of forthcoming consultation through a public notice procedure and be brought back for approval following that consultation.

 

3.    Cabinet noted that weekly Residential Home Care rates are subject to a separate report.

 

11.

PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSING RENEWAL POLICY (INCLUDING DISABLED ADAPTATIONS) pdf icon PDF 219 KB

Report no: 04/2021

(Key decision)

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet approved the revised Private Sector Housing Renewal Policy attached at Appendix A of the report.

 

12.

LEISURE REVIEW PROJECT COMMENCEMENT pdf icon PDF 217 KB

Report no: 164/2020

(Key decision)

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.     Cabinet authorised the Director for Places to form a Project Board and associated structures (attached as Appendix A of the report) in order to undertake a leisure provision needs analysis, and if required subsequent procurement.

 

2.     Cabinet approved the content of the Needs Analysis and Options Appraisal Brief as attached at Appendix B of the report, and authorises the Director for Places and Portfolio Holder for Culture & Leisure to make any necessary subsequent amendments if required.

 

3.     Cabinet approved the extension of the present Leisure Management contract with Stevenage Leisure Ltd (SLL) for up to one year (to 31st March 2023) if required to complete procurement processes.

 

4.     Cabinet authorised the Director for Places and the Director for Resources, in consultation with the Cabinet Member with Portfolio for Finance and the Cabinet Member with Portfolio for Culture & Leisure, to agree financial support for the present Leisure Management Contract of up to £100,000 in 2022/23, subject to interim performance reviews.

 

13.

HIGHWAYS TRANSPORT WORKING GROUP PROCESS pdf icon PDF 399 KB

Report no: 134/2020

(Key decision)

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.    Cabinet approved the revised Highway and Transport Concern Process (HTCP) and timeframes.

 

2.    Cabinet noted that a further report would be brought to Cabinet (anticipated in March 2021) on the overarching Integrated Transport Capital Programme and associated funding.

 

14.

RUTLAND RADIO PROJECT pdf icon PDF 261 KB

Report no: 02/2021

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cabinet approved the issuing of a grant to the ‘Rutland and Stamford Sound Community Interest Company’ (the CIC).

 

Cabniet approve the transfer of ownership of any items purchased for the Project from the budget allocated to the Project to the CIC.

 

Cabinet endorsed the completion of the remainder of the Project by the CIC

 

Cabinet authorised the Director for Resources to instruct the Head of Human Resources to complete the necessary steps in the process to facilitate the transfer of the Project Manager post in accordance with TUPE to the Radio Project CIC in as short a timeframe as is possible and not to oppose the transfer.

 

15.

SPENDING OF COMMUTED SUMS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING pdf icon PDF 330 KB

Report no: 03/2021

(Key decision)

Decision:

Cabinet approved a grant of £650,000 to the Platform Housing Group for the development on the former allotments at Brooke Road, Oakham subject to planning consent and a satisfactory funding agreement.

 

Cabinet agreed that the Strategic Director - Places be authorised to conclude the funding agreement in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Finance

 

17.

ANY ITEMS OF URGENT BUSINESS

To receive items of urgent business which have previously been notified to the person presiding.