Agenda and minutes

Finance Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 13th July, 2021 6.45 pm

Venue: The Ballroom, The George Hotel, Devonshire Street, Penrith

Contact: Member Services  01768 817817

Items
No. Item

BPc/1/07/21

Appointment of Vice-Chairman

To receive nominations for and appoint a Vice-Chairman of the Budget Planning Committee.

Minutes:

Proposed by Councillor Wicks

Seconded by Councillor Armstrong

 

and RESOLVED that Councillor Ryland be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Budget Panning Committee for 2021/22.

BPc/2/07/21

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Baker, Councillor Martin, Councillor Armstrong attending as substitute, and Councillor Smith, Councillor Harker attending as substitute.

BPc/3/07/21

Minutes

To sign the minutes BPc/48/02/21 to BPc/53/02/21 of the meeting of this Committee held on 09 February 2021 as a correct record of those proceedings (copy previously circulated).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that public minutes BPc/48/02/21 to BPc/53/02/21 of the meeting of this Committee held on 9 February 2021 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman as a correct record of those proceedings.

BPc/4/07/21

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:

There were no declarations of interest received at this meeting.

BPc/5/07/21

Terms of Reference and Proposed Business for the Municipal Year pdf icon PDF 785 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Director of Resources Report F28/21 with a view to setting out the Budget Planning Committee Terms of Reference and highlight the proposed business for the Committee for the municipal year 2021/22.

Minutes:

Members considered report F28/21 of the Interim Director of Resources which set out the Budget Planning Committee Terms of Reference and highlighted the proposed business for the Committee for the municipal year 2021/22.

 

The Interim Director of Resources informed Members that notwithstanding the move towards reorganisation, the authority needs to be financed to the end of the period as Eden District Council and that the Council has to show that it has a sustainable budget over a five year period.

 

Councillor Nicolson reminded Members that there was a need for the Committee to be looking at the link between the Council budget, Council Plan and the implementation and achievement of Policies with a critical view of how the Council budgets are used. He suggested that the Committee may wish to consider the use of task and finish group meetings to achieve this overview and that if Members were in agreement with his suggestion, that there must be adequate officer support for those meetings.

 

The Interim Director of Resources informed Members that adequate officer support will be available for those meetings.

 

Councillor Nicolson further suggested that informal training sessions to consider the work programme in more detail could be put in place via virtual teams meetings and that this would negate the need to travel to a venue for those meetings.

 

The Interim Director of Resources drew attention to Councillor Nicolson’s unavailability for the next scheduled Committee meeting and suggested that the scheduled meeting be rearranged to take place late September with informal virtual teams training week commencing 13 September 2021.

 

Proposed by Councillor Wicks

Seconded by Councillor Harker

 

and RESOLVED that

 

1.    the next Budget Planning Committee meeting due to be held on 7 September 2021 be rearranged to take place on Tuesday 28 September 2021;

 

2.      informal training sessions via virtual teams to be held for Committee Members during the period between scheduled Budget Planning Committee meetings, and the first of these informal meetings be held on a date to be agreed during week commencing 13 September 2021; and

 

3.    the report be noted.

BPc/6/07/21

Any Other Items Which the Chairman Decides are urgent

Minutes:

There were no urgent items of business.

BPc/7/07/21

Date of Next Scheduled Meeting

The next scheduled meeting of this Committee be confirmed as Tuesday 7 September 2021.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the next scheduled meeting due to be held on 7 September 2021 be postponed and re-arranged to take place on 28 September 2021.