Agenda and draft minutes
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Contact: Clive Willoughby Tel: 07385 362806
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Hugh Branney,
Graham Calvin, Allan Forster, Fred Gleaves, Mike Hawkins, Linda Jones-Bulman, Carl Walmsley and Eileen Weir.
Declarations of Interest in Agenda Items
There were no declarations of interest made at this meeting.
Requisitions, made under rule 3.1(b) of Chapter 5 of the Constitution, received from
i) Councillor David Moore, Councillor Andy Pratt, Councillor James Date, Mayor Mike Starkie and Councillor Brian O’Kane.
ii) Councillor Michael McVeigh, Councillor Sam Pollen, Councillor Joseph Ghayouba, Councillor Jackie Bowman, Councillor Joan Hully and Councillor Linda Jones-Bulman.
The Chair began this agenda item by introducing Mr Gareth Kelly from the Council’s external auditors, Grant Thornton UK LLP.
Mr Kelly thanked Council for the invitation to this meeting.
He explained his role as external auditor and that he was present to observe the Council’s response to the CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants) report.
As the independent appointed external auditor, it was not appropriate for him to enter into any debate.
A brief update was then provided on the existing audits.
The Chair thanked Mr Kelly for his update.
Council was advised that two requisitions had been received under Chapter 5, rule 3.1(b) of the Constitution and proceeded to outline the format that would be used for this meeting.
The two lead requisitioners were then invited to introduce their requisitions in the order in which they were received.
Councillor David Moore introduced the requisition on behalf of the Conservative group.
Councillor Michael McVeigh introduced the requisition on behalf of the Labour group.
The Chair then invited the Director of Financial Resources to take Council through the CIPFA report.
At this point hard copies of the presentation slides being used were distributed to Members.
The Director of Financial Resources delivered a detailed presentation to Council covering the purpose of this meeting, an in-depth background of the Council’s financial position and the CIPFA report.
The recommendations made in the report and the proposed responses were then also covered, as follows:-
Recommendation that: -
• The Council refresh the MTFS to balance the budget to the year 22/23
and to 23/24 when Local Government reform is expected to take
A new longer term MTFS will need to be balanced over a longer time
horizon taking the Council into LGR with a plan of efficiencies,
commercialisation of services as per the approach outlined in the
Council’s commercial strategy and potential further support from
Partly Agreed, a 3-year MTFS will be presented to the Executive as
part of the Mayor’s budget in January 2022 and Council in February
2022. In the final year of the Council it is not feasible for Copeland to
balance the budget over a longer time horizon as it will only exist for
one year and service delivery options for a financially sustainable new
unitary council are being considered and developed as part of the LGR
Recommendation that: -
• The MTFS summarises scenario planning and sensitivity analysis but
this should be more explicit and sensitivity analysis to aid
management and member’s understanding of the impact changes to
assumptions could have on future budgets.
Agreed, the MTFS scenario plans used as part of the 2022/23 budget
will be further developed and set out in detail to the Executive as part
of the Mayor’s budget in January 2022 and Council in February 2022.
• Refresh capital programme to assess the on-going achievability of
schemes and as business cases are put forward robustly assess
Agreed, the capital ... view the full minutes text for item C 21/68