Agenda and minutes

Overview & Scrutiny Panel
Thursday, 25th January, 2018 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent. View directions

Contact: Charles Hungwe 

Items
No. Item

147.

Apologies for Absence

148.

Declarations of Interest

    To receive any declarations of interest. Members are advised to consider the advice contained within the Declaration of Interest form attached at the back of this agenda. If a Member declares an interest, they should complete that form and hand it to the officer clerking the meeting and then take the prescribed course of action.

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest.

149.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 74 KB

150.

East Kent Housing - Proposed new formal resident involvement structure pdf icon PDF 592 KB

151.

2018-19 Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2018-22 pdf icon PDF 11 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillor Townend gave the opening remarks to the agenda item and made the following comments:

     

    • The proposals in the draft budget report for 2018/19 were initially agreed for recommending to Council at Cabinet on 16 January;
    • Members briefing sessions on the draft budget proposals were held;
    • Cabinet had identified £300,000 savings in the proposals;
    • It was worth noting that council tax for a Band D property was increased by £6.57 per year to £226.44;
    • The budget proposals were being considered in a macro economic environment marked by significant uncertainties that included the still to be decided local government funding settlement and the fair funding review;

     

    Tim Willis, Director of Corporate Resources then advised the meeting of a correction to Table 5 in para 4.13 as follows:

     

      Total for 2019/20 should be £586,000 and not £712,000;

      Total for 2020/21 should be £101,000 and not £338,000.

     

    Members of the Panel then made comments and asked questions about the proposals in the budget report as follows:

     

    • What percentage of the council resources in the budget was to be spent on street cleansing in Cliftonville?
    • Was this allocation not having a detrimental effect on street cleaning work in other areas of the district?
    • Business rates retention scheme – Would the council be better or worse off if it did not take part in the pilot scheme?
    • Will there be a proportionate formula to the allocation of benefits to be derived from the pilot: - do the less affluent areas get more?
    • Will TDC be able to scrutinise the scheme?
    • Would Members be able to look at the scheme to ascertain whether Thanet would be as better off as the other Councils participating in the scheme?
    • Is the extra revenue to be generated from the pilot going to be ring fenced or allocated to the general fund? If it is to be ring fenced, what would be the percentage allocated to economic growth?
    • Business incentives – What Business incentives are offered to investors to attract inward investment into the district?
    • Why was it the case that the extra income to be derived from council tax was only due to be allocated amongst the major preceptors and not to all other preceptors? Council tax discount from government used to be passed on to Parish Councils, but this had now been stopped. The Parish/Town Councils were now worse off. Therefore in future TDC should consider including minor preceptors;
    • Could officers provide more information on business incentives;
    • If Town/Parish councils could show evidence that as a result of some of the actions they had taken to attract investment (including additional street cleansing work), could they be allocated some of the revenue from the pilot scheme?

     

    Tim Willis and Tim Howes (Director of Corporate Governance) gave the following responses to Member comments and questions:

     

    • The issue regarding street cleansing was not directly related to the draft budget report before the Panel;
    • Business rates retention pilot scheme – There was a ‘no detriment’ clause in the pilot agreement;
    • Council will  ...  view the full minutes text for item 151.

152.

Review of Overview & Scrutiny Panel Work Programme for 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

153.

Forward Plan and Exempt Cabinet Report List for 10 January 2018 - 30 June 2018 pdf icon PDF 97 KB