Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Lisa Purse 

Items
No. Item

18.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence from Councillors.

Minutes:

None.

19.

Declarations of Interest

To receive Councillors’ declarations of interest (if any) in relation to any matters on the agenda.

Minutes:

None.

20.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 20 October 2016.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 20 October 2016 be agreed as a correct record subject to adding Councillor David Carter to Agenda Item 7 ‘apologies for absence’.

21.

Matters arising

Any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

None.

22.

Treasury Management Strategy Review pdf icon PDF 40 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Overview Working Group received a report, from Simon Freeman, Head of Finance, on the Treasury Management Strategy Review. John Dyson, Principal Finance Manager, introduced and summarised the report.

 

The Group discussed current financial markets, the Council’s current financial position and the role of Arlingclose, the Council’s financial advisors.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A The Working Group noted the report and the underpinning principles that support the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy.

 

B Whilst the Working Group identified no specific issues, it did note the volatility and unpredictability of the current financial situation set out by Officers and Advisors and expressed that it would be willing to consider any critical additional interim reports, for diligence and overview, should there be a requirement.

23.

Local Council Tax Support Scheme pdf icon PDF 251 KB

Minutes:

The Overview Working Group received a report, from Simon Freeman, Head of Finance, on the Annual Review of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTSS).  Donna Beechener, Revenues and Benefits Manager, introduced and summarised the report.

 

In response to questions from Councillors, Donna provided more details on the consultation methodology that had taken place on Government changes to support including the period for which a person can be absent from Great Britain and still receive Council Tax support, Work Related Activity allowance and the Severe Disability Premium.

 

Councillors discussed the recommendation to reduce the period for which a person can be absent from Great Britain and still receive Council Tax Support to four weeks (Bi).  The discussions included possible exceptions to the rule and the implications involved in not approving the recommendation.

 

RESOLVED that the Overview Working Group:

 

A.   acknowledged the current position regarding the 2016/17 Local Council Tax Support Scheme and endorses continuing stability within the scheme for 2017/18.

 

B.   recommended to Cabinet that, following the results of the consultation process, the scheme is amended with effect from 1 April 2017 as follows:

 

                      i.    reduce the period for which a person can be absent from Great Britain and still receive Council Tax Support to four weeks

 

                    ii.    remove the element of a Work Related Activity Component in the calculation of the current scheme for new Employment and Support Allowance applicants

 

                   iii.    remove entitlement to the Severe Disability Premium where another person is paid Universal Credit (Carers Element) to look after them

 

C.   recommended to Cabinet that the proposal to remove the Family Premium in calculating an award of Local Council Tax Support is deferred for a further 12 months.

 

D.   recommended to Cabinet that the proposal to limit the number of dependent children within the calculation for Council Tax Support to a maximum of two is deferred for 12 months.

24.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 31 KB

To review the Overview Working Group’s work plan for the current year.

Minutes:

The Cabinet Overview Working Group received a report that outlined its Work Plan for the current year.

 

The Group discussed the practical reasons why the Economic Development Strategy Work Group had not been able to meet as often as desired.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A.   the 2016/17 Work Plan is noted.

 

B.   it is unlikely that the Interim Report of the Economic Development Strategy would be considered at the January meeting of the Cabinet Overview Working Group.

25.

Matters of Urgent Business

Such other business which, in the opinion of the Chairman, should be received as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the minutes.

Minutes:

None.