Agenda and minutes

Finance Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 14th January, 2021 6.45 pm

Venue: This meeting was held virtually, therefore there was no venue.

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Items
No. Item

BPc/40/01/21

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

At the start of the meeting, the Assistant Director Governance advised that this meeting was being held remotely using conferencing software which allowed Member, Officer and public attendance whilst being able to protect themselves and others and observe the Government’s social distancing measures. 

 

The Assistant Director Governance also stated that all votes during this meeting would be taken through an informal recorded vote, though this would not be noted as such in the minutes.

 

A Roll Call of those Members in attendance remotely was then taken. 

 

There were no apologies for absence received. 

BPc/41/01/21

Minutes

To sign the minutes BPc/33/12/20 to BPc/38/12/20 of the meeting of this Committee held on 12 December 2020 as a correct record of those proceedings (copies previously circulated).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the public minutes BPc/33/12/20 to BPc/39/12/20 of the meeting of this Committee held on 12 December 2020 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman as a correct record of those proceedings.

 

BPc/42/01/21

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of the existence and nature of any private interests, both disclosable pecuniary and any other registrable interests, in any matter to be considered or being considered.

Minutes:

Councillor Eyles gave a personal explanation in that he was recording the meeting for personal use, and that should the Committee resolve to exclude members of the press and public for any reason in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, he would cease to record the meeting for the duration of those agenda items subject to the exclusion. 

 

Councillor Nicolson declared a personal and non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 8 (Review of the Heart of Cumbria), in that he felt that he had made his views on the item publicly known before this meeting, and could therefore be perceived as having a biased or predetermined stance.  He indicated he would leave the meeting for the duration of the item. 

 

 

BPc/43/01/21

Budget Proposals 2021/2022 and Impact on Medium Term Financial Plan pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider report F4/21 of the Interim Director of Corporate Services which is attached and which seeks to detail the draft Budget Proposal for 2021/22 for consultation and current MTFP for 2021/22 – 2024/25.

 

RECOMMENDATION that Budget Planning Committee:

 

1.            note the report; and

2.            note the recommendations and make any comments to the Executive.  

Minutes:

The Committee considered report F4/21 from the Interim Director of Corporate Services, which gave details of the draft Budget Proposals for 2021/22 for consultation and the current Medium Term Financial Plan for 2021/22 – 2024/25.

 

During the Committee’s discussion on the report, Members agreed to refer three comments to the Executive for consideration, which are detailed in the resolution below.  Voting on each part of the resolution was taken separately. 

 

Members RESOLVED that the report be noted (recommendation proposed by Councillor Ryland and seconded by Councillor Nicholson) and the Executive be asked to:

 

1.    consider that the Budget Planning Committee does not support the proposed council tax increase (recommendation proposed by Councillor Nicolson and seconded by Councillor Dew);

2.    prioritise new ways of generating Council income (recommendation proposed by Councillor Ryland and seconded by Councillor Lancaster); and

3.    agree to require further information on the reconciliation of the budget proposals and the Corporate Plan (recommendation proposed by Councillor Nicolson and seconded by Councillor Ryland). 

BPc/44/01/21

Any Other Items Which the Chairman Decides are urgent pdf icon PDF 217 KB

To consider report F2/21 from the Interim Director of Corporate Services which is attached and which asks Members to note the work programme for the Budget Planning Committee.

 

RECOMMENDATION that the Budget Planning Committee approve the Forward Plan which has been circulated.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered report F2/21 from the Interim Director of Corporate Services in respect of the work programme (Forward Plan) for the Budget Planning Committee.

 

Proposed by Councillor McCall

Seconded by Councillor Lancaster

 

and RESOLVED that the Budget Planning Committee’s Forward Plan be approved. 

BPc/45/01/21

Date of Next Scheduled Meeting

The next scheduled meeting of this Committee is to be confirmed.

Minutes:

The date of the next scheduled meeting was confirmed as 9 February 2021. 

BPc/46/01/21

Exclusion of the Press and Public

To consider whether, in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, members of the public (including the press) should be excluded from the meeting during discussion of the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 to Schedule 12A of the Act.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, members of the public (including the press) be excluded from the meeting during discussion of Agenda Item 8 (Review of the Heart of Cumbria) on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 to Schedule 12A of the Act.

 

BPc/47/01/21

Review of Heart of Cumbria

To consider report F3/21 from the Interim Director of Corporate Services.

Minutes:

[Note: Councillor Nicholson left the meeting before the following report was discussed and he was absent for the duration of the item]

 

Members considered report F3/21 in relation to Heart of Cumbria Ltd. 

 

Proposed by Councillor McCall

Seconded by Councillor Baker

 

and RESOLVED that the recommendations to the Executive be noted and endorsed.