Agenda item

Referral from Cabinet - General Fund Budget 2019/20

The Cabinet recommended to Full Council that:

 

i)        The General Fund estimates for 2019/20, as set out in Appendix A to the report, are approved.

 

ii)      The proposed transfers between the General Fund and Earmarked Reserves, referred to in paragraphs 24 to 27 and Table 3 of this report and set out in Appendix C to the report, are approved.

 

iii)     The proposed Fees and Charges, as set out in Appendix E to the report, are approved.

 

iv)     The Pay Policy Statement, as set out in Appendix G to the report, is approved.

 

v)      The Council’s Band D Council Tax for 2019/20 is set at £277.73 representing an increase in Council Tax of two per cent for the forthcoming year.

Minutes:

Cabinet recommended to Full Council that:

 

A     The General Fund estimates for 2019/20, as set out in Appendix A to the report, are approved.

 

B    The proposed transfers between the General Fund and Earmarked Reserves, referred to in paragraphs 24 to 27 and Table 3 of this report and set out in Appendix C to the report, are approved.

 

C    The proposed Fees and Charges, as set out in Appendix E to the report, are approved.

 

D    The Pay Policy Statement, as set out in Appendix G to the report, is approved.

 

E     The Council’s Band D Council Tax for 2019/20 is set at £277.73 representing an increase in Council Tax of two per cent for the forthcoming year.

 

Councillor Russell Perrin (seconded by Councillor Andrew Johnson) moved an amendment (as set out in pages 2-4 of the supplementary agenda pack) to the General Fund circulated as part of the supplementary agenda.

 

A recorded vote on the amendment was taken and the amendment was lost.

 

Councillor Russell Perrin (seconded by Councillor Emma Toal) moved an amendment to the General Fund circulated as page 5 of the supplementary agenda and agreed the following wording with the Leader of the Council:

 

“Creation of new reserve, to be drawn from the Discretionary Services Fund reserve, to promote STEM related learning. This reserve could fund activities such as:

 

- A live stage show, with science demonstrations and opportunities for audience participation. The shows are adaptable for a range of ages and would be held once per month over 10 months

 

- A pop-up science centre twice a year, with hands-on exhibits and interactive activities, in one of the town's libraries. This is the mobile version of Cambridge Science Centre. The event is staffed by “ science communicators” and usually run for several days at a time, e.g. during the school holidays.

 

- A sum for PR and advertising has been allowed for.

 

Funding for one year would be drawn down with a contingency of a further 1 years funding remaining in reserve should it be required until PHE are established.”

 

A recorded vote on the amendment was taken and the amendment was carried.

 

The amendment became part of the substantive motion. A vote was taken on the amended recommendation.

 

Proposed by Councillor Mark Ingall (seconded by Councillor Mike Danvers) it was:

 

RESOLVED that the above recommendations be approved, subject to the revised wording agreed at the meeting in the amendment set out in page 5 of the supplementary agenda. 

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