Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Thursday, 27th July, 2017 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Charles Hungwe 

Items
No. Item

439.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies received at the meeting.

440.

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.

441.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To approve the summary of recommendations and decisions of the Cabinet meeting held on 15 June 2017, copy attached.

Minutes:

Councillor Townend proposed, Councillor Lin Fairbrass seconded and Members agreed the minutes as a correct record of the meeting held on 15 June 2017.

442.

Potential Outsourcing of Revenues, Benefits, Debt Recovery and Customer Services Functions (Revision of Delegations to the East Kent Services Committee) pdf icon PDF 128 KB

    Minutes:

    Cabinet was advised that the Director of Shared Services and his Management Team had been examining ways to ensure the current EK Services shared service functions remain relevant and viable. This included work to assess options to maintain cost effective service delivery with high levels of performance.

     

    Cabinet was asked to consider the proposals that the East Kent Services Committee be given the authority to develop a business case that would enable consideration of the merits of a potential contracting out of Revenues, Benefits, Debt Recovery and Customer Services Functions currently operated by East Kent Services.

     

    In order to undertake the business case for a potential outsourcing, amendments were required to the delegations made to the East Kent Services Committee by the three authorities, to give them authority to undertake this work.

     

    Councillor Bayford spoke under Council Procedure Rule 20.1.

     

    Councillor Crow-Brown proposed, Councillor Townend seconded and Members agreed the following:

     

    1.  To the extent that they are not already authorised to do so, the East Kent Services Committee be authorised and requested to discharge the powers and functions of the Council to develop a business case to enable the considerations of the merits of  outsourcing the Council’s functions in relation to the following:-

    a.  Council Tax Administration and Enforcement;

    b.  National Non-Domestic Rates Administration and Enforcement;

    c.  Housing Benefit and associated services;

    d.  Council Tax Reduction Scheme and associated services;

    e.  Debt Recovery;

    f.  Customer Services;

    (together called ‘the Revenues, Benefits, Debt Recovery and Customer Services Functions’) and to determine the actions to be taken in connection therewith.

443.

Corporate Performance report Q4 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 250 KB

444.

2016/17 Provisional Outturn and Annual Treasury Management Review Report pdf icon PDF 589 KB

445.

Petition on 2017 parking charges and recommendation from the Overview and Scrutiny Panel pdf icon PDF 99 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    During consideration of the petition on 2017 parking charges, Members confirmed that on 18 July Cabinet introduced a new resident only parking scheme to protect local residents and minimise the impact on local businesses. The meeting was advised that a review of the fees and charges for seasonal car parks in Albion Street, Chandos Square, Broadstairs Harbour, Joss Bay, and Marine Esplanade, has now been completed following increases in parking charges for those seasonal car parks from the 1st April 2017.

     

    It was reported that the new scheme will operate in exactly the same way as the current on-street parking peel and seal voucher scheme in that residents of the District only could buy a daily parking voucher or a book of vouchers that would allow them to park in any of the five seasonal car parks all day at a heavily subsidised rate.

     

    The cost of the daily charge for residents will be £2.50 for the entire day instead of the current charge of £12. Also residents will be able to buy a book of 20 vouchers for £40, which further reduces the daily charge to just £2.00 per day. The new peel and seal voucher scheme will be in place from the 31st July 2017.

     

    Councillor Campbell and Councillor Taylor-Smith spoke under Council Procedure Rule 20.1.

     

    Councillor Brimm proposed, Councillor Wells seconded and Cabinet thanked the petitioner and noted the report.

446.

Asset Disposal Programme 2017-18 pdf icon PDF 103 KB