Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet - Thursday 3rd November 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Civic Suite

Contact: Jane Game  Democratic Services Officer

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

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Cllrs Gough and L McCarthy were not in physical attendance, but with the Leaders permission, joined the meeting virtually.

2.

Declaration of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members.

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None received.

3.

Questions and Deputations

To answer any questions, if any asked by any resident of the Borough pursuant to Standing Orders.

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None received.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 229 KB

To receive for information only the minutes of the previous meeting held on 6 October 2022.

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The minutes of the meeting held on 6 October were presented for information.

 

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 6 October be received for information.

5.

Medium Term Financial Strategy Period 6 Update Report (to 30 September 2022) pdf icon PDF 554 KB

The purpose of the report is to:

o  to update Full Cabinet on how the Council is performing against the approved 2022/23 – 2024/25 Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) in the current financial year alongside setting out any new challenges that are emerging for the revised MTFS for 2023/24 – 2025/26;

o  outline the Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) latest financial position as at 30 September 2022 (Period 6). This is the same position being reported to individual Cabinet portfolio holders during November;

o  report on the latest Red, Amber and Green (RAG) ratings for the delivery of the (MTFS) savings 2022/23 to 2024/25, as detailed in Appendix A; and

o  provide details of the budget movements which have taken place up to Period 6 of this financial year, as required by Financial Regulations, and the revised budget following those movements, as detailed in Appendix B, which Members are asked to approve.

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The Cabinet received a report which:

 

·  updated Full Cabinet on how the Council was performing against the approved 2022/23 – 2024/25 Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) in the current financial year alongside setting out any new challenges that were emerging for the revised MTFS for 2023/24 – 2025/26;

 

·  outlined the Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) latest financial position as at 30 September 2022 (Period 6). This was the same position being reported to individual Cabinet portfolio holders during November;

 

·  reported on the latest Red, Amber and Green (RAG) ratings for the delivery of the (MTFS) savings 2022/23 to 2024/25, as detailed in Appendix A; and

 

·  provided details of the budget movements which had taken place up to Period 6 of this financial year, as required by Financial Regulations, and the revised budget following those movements, as detailed in Appendix B, which Members were asked to approve.

 

Members were reminded that as reported in June 2022 the overall position at the end of 2021/22 was that, except for Children’s services, all portfolios were in an equivalent or better financial position as at 31 March 2022, than that assumed in the budget approved by Full Council in February 2022. In that same report, approval was sought to provide a further £1 million top up to reserves to support delivery of the Children’s Improvement Plan for 2022/23. The outlook for local government finance continued to worsen with a combination of existing and new, emerging service challenges and national pressures including:

 

·  The lasting effects of Covid-19, including the gradual recovery to pre-pandemic activity levels for some services and the transition to a “new normal”, with potentially permanent changes to activity levels, for others;

 

·  The ongoing delay to local government finance reform and associated uncertainty over future funding;

 

·  Significant cost of living impacts on pay, energy and contractual costs;

 

·  Children’s services – further pressures forecast in the current year and beyond; and

 

·  The reform of Adult Social Care including the outcome of the fair cost of care exercise.

 

The budget process for 2023/24 and beyond would be very challenging as the impact of inflationary pressures and demand for adults and children’s social care feed through into the budget process.

 

In year financial monitoring was detailed in Appendix A of the report. An adverse variance was forecast on the Core Council of £4.512 million in relation to the Children and Education portfolio and a forecast in-year adverse variance of £3.585 million for the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) totalling £8.097 million. The overall financial position was further detailed by Cabinet Portfolio in Appendix A (Table 2) which highlighted the key variances and a separate report on each portfolio position would be presented to individual Cabinet Decision Sessions during November.

 

The report went on to detail the Capital Forecast Outturn 2022/23, the Medium-Term Financial Strategy -RAG Status of Savings/Mitigations, Reserves, a Corporate Approach to Delivering an Asset Masterplan and Housing Revenue Account (HRA)- proposals to use reserves to support the Money Advice team.

 

On receiving the report Members  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Exclusion of the Public and Press

The meeting is likely not to be open to the public during discussion of the following items because the reports contain exempt information as defined in Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972

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RESOLVED:

That, pursuant to Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting for the remainder of the business to be transacted, on the grounds that there would be disclosure to them of exempt information in terms of paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the said Act.

 

 

7.

Private Minutes

To receive for information only the minutes of the previous meeting held on 6 October 2022

8.

Mell Square Limited Governance Arrangements

The report seeks to inform Full Cabinet of the financial outturn for Mell Square Limited for the year 2021 and seeks approval for a set of revised governance arrangements for the Company.