Cabinet recommends that full Council:-
Approve the revised revenue budget for
2019/20 (Appendix A).
Approve the draft 2020/21 revenue budget
Approve a 1.99% increase in the Borough
Council's part of the Council Tax.
Agree that the absolute minimum level of
reserves that shall be retained be £6m (plus General Fund
Approve the Capital Programme 2019/20
(revised) to 2022/23 (Appendix P).
Approve the proposed expenditure from
the Renewal and Repairs Reserve, and Information Technology Reserve
(Appendices J and I respectively) and those items from other
reserves shown in Appendix H that can proceed without further
reference to Cabinet or Council.
Approve that the use of the monies in
the budget and Reserves for "Invest to Save" schemes be determined by the Chief Finance
Officer in consultation with the Leader of the Council.
Approve the transfer of £500,000
from the General Reserve to the Redundancy Reserve to meet future
Agree that authority be granted to enter
into a Funding agreement/ Memorandum of Understanding with the
government (BEIS) on Minimum Energy Efficiency enforcement subject
to no adverse grant terms, and that the necessary authority is
granted for expenditure up to the level of funding received
(£48,600 for 2019/20).
revised Land and Property Disposal Programme (Appendix L), and
agree that disposals can be brought forward if market conditions
make it sensible to do so.
11.Agree that where
a Capital scheme involves a net increase in overall costs to the
Council, or where any guarantee is to be provided which does, or
could, incur costs for the Council, such decisions are now made by
12.Agree that, with
immediate effect no Council properties or land be disposed of,
either by sale or long leasehold, at less than market value without
further express approval by Full Council.
13. Agree that schemes marked with an asterisk in the
Capital Programme can proceed without further reference to Cabinet
14.Agree that work
on Priority Income and Efficiency Reviews (PIER) through the
Strategic Oversight and Planning Board should continue, and where
possible identify a sustainable budget for a period in excess of
one year. A mid-year review, for members and officers, to be
undertaken in the light of the continuing severe government grant
detailed recommendations in Appendix M, which relate to the setting
of Council Tax in accordance with Sections 31 to 36 of the Local
Government Act 1992 (to be updated for full Council).
16.Approve that the
budget be amended as necessary to reflect the final grant figures
including Disabled Facility Grants - once received.
17.Approve that the
determination of eligibility and award in respect of the Business
Rate Retail Relief Scheme is delegated to the Chief Finance Officer
for the next financial year and any extension period
adopt the existing Council Tax Support scheme subject to amendments
to allowances in line with national changes. Determination of
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