Agenda and draft minutes

Finance Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 4th January, 2022 6.45 pm, NEW

Venue: The Council Chamber, Town Hall, Penrith

Contact: Member Services  01768 817817

Items
No. Item

FSc/17/1/22

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Members:

Councillor Neil McCall;

Councillor Peter Baker; with Councillor Laura Harker deputising

Councillor Debra Wicks; with Councillor Allan Armstrong deputising

FSc/18/1/22

Minutes

To sign the minutes BPc/8/9/21 to BPc/16/9/21 of the meeting of this Committee held on 28 September 2021 as a correct record of those proceedings (copies previously circulated).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that public minutes BPc/8/9/21to BPc/16/9/21of the meeting of this Committee held on the 28th September 2021 be confirmed and approved by the Chairman as a correct record of those proceedings.

FSc/19/1/22

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.

FSc/20/1/22

Questions and Representations from Members of the Public

To receive questions and representations from the public under Rules 10 and 11 of the Council Procedure Rules of the Constitution.

Minutes:

No questions or representations from members of the public had been received under Rules 10 and 11 of the Council and Committee Procedure Rules of the Constitution.

FSc/21/1/22

Questions and Representations from Members

To receive questions and representations from members under Rules 11 and 12 of the Council Procedure Rules of the Constitution.

Minutes:

No questions or representations from Members had been received under Rules 11 and 12 of the Council and Committee Procedure Rules of the Constitution.

 

 

FSc/22/1/22

Review of the Quarter 2 Monitoring Report to the Executive and Council pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider the Interim Director of Resources’ report F41/21, attached, which provides information on the Quarter 2 Monitoring Report presented to the Executive and Council of the 23 November and 25 November 2021 respectively.

 

RECOMMENDED that:

 

1.     The report be noted; and

2.     The Committee makes any comments about the report to the Executive, ahead of the Committee’s work on budget scrutiny.

Minutes:

Members considered the report of the Interim Director of Resources, report F41/21, which provides information on the Quarter 2 Monitoring Report presented to the Executive and Council of the 23 November and 25 November 2021 respectively.

 

The Interim Director of Resources noted that Eden District Council was in a viable position with respect to funding its portion of the Local Government Reorganisations’ Implementation Reserve. The Interim Director of Resources clarified that the reserve would be used to primarily fund officer employment and the upcoming elections.

 

A member stated that it was regrettable that the committee was not able to report back on the budget increases and requested that a separate report on the costs of Voreda House be presented at the next meeting of the Committee.

 

The Interim Director of Resources clarified that the costs of Voreda House was included in the capital programme. Further that a report was submitted to the Executive on the 25th November 2021 that set out the costs and procurement process for Voreda House.

 

A member enquired about the capital grant to Frenchfield stadium in the revised capital programme. The Interim Director of Resources confirmed that a capital grant was given to Penrith Football Club for improvements to Frenchfield Stadium.

 

A member proposed that the committee communicate to the Cabinet that council tax not be increased for the 2022/2023 financial year, as the yield in relation to the Council’s budget would be miniscule.

 

Proposed by Councillor Patterson;

Seconded by Councillor Nicolson;

 

andRESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

Proposed by Councillor Nicolson;

Seconded by Councillor Ryland;

 

andRESOLVED by majority vote of Members present that the Finance Scrutiny Committee recommend to Cabinet that there be no increase in Council Tax for the 2022/2023 financial year.

FSc/23/1/22

Budget Scrutiny and Timetable 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 303 KB

To consider the Interim Director of Resources’ report F42/21, attached, which sets out the plans and timetable for scrutiny of the Budget 2022/23.

 

RECOMMENDED that the report and timetable for Budget Scrutiny 2022/23 be noted.

Minutes:

Members considered the report of the Interim Director of Resources, report F42/21, which sets out the plans and timetable for scrutiny of the Budget 2022/23.

 

The Interim Director of resources noted that the Task and Finish group would asses Cabinet’s draft budget proposals within the prescribed timeframes.

 

Members requested that the Interim Director of Resources provide further information on the following areas for scrutiny:

 

·       One Eden Transformation

·       Information Technology (IT)

·       Consider proposed growth areas as well as areas that would be impacted by a reduction.

·       Potential effects of climate change

·       Areas for growth in council income apart from council tax

·       Localities for the expansion of electric vehicle charging points

 

 

Proposed by Councillor Patterson;

Seconded by Councillor Burgin;

 

and RESOLVED that the report and timetable be noted.

FSc/24/1/22

Work Programme 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 594 KB

To consider the Interim Director of Resources’ report F43/21, attatched, which gives details of the Committee’s Work Programme.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Finance Scrutiny Committee’s Work Programme be noted and approved.

Minutes:

Members considered the report of the Interim Director of Resources, report F43/21, which provides details of the Committee’s Work Programme.

 

Proposed by Councillor Ryland;

Seconded by Councillor Martin;

 

andRESOLVED that:

1. the report be noted; and

2. the work programme of the Committee be approved.

FSc/25/1/22

Any Other Items Which the Chairman Decides are urgent

Minutes:

There were no urgent items of business.

FSc/26/1/22

Date of Next Scheduled Meeting

The next scheduled meeting of this Committee be confirmed as Tuesday 8 February 2022 at 6.45 p.m.

Minutes:

The date of the next scheduled meeting of this Committee was confirmed as Tuesday 8 February 2022 at 6.45 p.m.