Agenda and minutes
Venue: Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven. CA28 7SJ
Contact: Rose Blaney Tel: 01946 598454
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor John Kane.
Apologies were also received from James Young, Scrutiny Officer.
Declarations of Interests in Agenda Items:
To receive declarations by Members and/ or co-optees of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting).
Members are advised however, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other interests.
Members are reminded that they may not, by law, participate or vote in any discussion in a meeting on a matter in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest
Members are advised that they should leave the room during consideration of any items of business in which they have a disclosable pecuniary interest.
There were no declarations of interests made.
The Chair welcomed Mayor Mike Starkie to the meeting to present his 2020/21 Draft budget to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) for discussion. The Director of Financial Resources and the Mayor’s Political Advisor were also welcomed to help provide further details to any questions that the committee might have.
Mayor Starkie presented an in-depth overview of the 2020/21 draft budget, highlighting the main points of the budget and noting that the Budget will be going to Full Council on Monday 10 February 2020.
The Committee was then invited to ask the Mayor and the Director of Financial Resources questions regarding the budget. OSC went through the report thoroughly, which included the; Fees and Charges Schedules, Use of Reserves Schedule, Capital Investment Strategy, Treasury Management Strategy Statement (TMSS), Minimum Revenue Policy Statement and Annual Investments Strategy (2020/21), Local Council Tax Support Scheme, Pay Policy (2019/20) and Budget consultation responses (2020/21). OSC then asked questions regarding the following topics:
· Street Lighting - budget allocation and CALC review
· Reserve resources clarification
· Pride of Place Employment
· Beacon review
· Council Tax requirements
· Rural Services Delivery Grant update
· Waste Income
· PFI Agreement clarification
· Commercial investments
· Markets review
The majority of questions were answered by both the Mayor and the Director of Financial Resources during the meeting. Of those that were not, responses will be obtained and sent to the OSC and forwarded to the Executive.
RESOLVED: – That,
a) As per the recommendation, the 2020/21 Budget report to the Executive be considered.
b) The responses required from the unanswered questions be obtained and forwarded to the relevant parties
Date and Time of Next Meeting:
The next meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be held on Thursday 6 February 2020 at 2pm in the Bainbridge Room, Copeland Centre.
The next meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be held on Thursday 6th February 2020 at 2pm in the Bainbridge Room, Copeland Centre.