Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for lateness were given for Councillor Chris Kirby.

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items or urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 23 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the list of Councillors’ Membership, as Council appointed representatives, on outside bodies, joint committees and School Governing bodies be noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 18 January 2017.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 18 January 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Housing Revenue Account 2017/18 Budget pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To note the Housing Revenue Account budget proposals, to note, in line with the Government’s rent reduction policy the requirement to decrease rents by 1% for each of the 4 years commencing from April 2016, to agree the resulting average rent including the separation of a service charge, to agree the 1.5% increase in Service Charge, to note the overall reduction in the average weekly charge by £0.72 per week, and to note the variances and the resulting balanced 2017/18 budget position. 

Decision:

1.       Noted the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) budget proposals detailed in the report.

 

2.       Noted, in line with the Government’s rent reduction policy as detailed in section 4.1 of the report the requirement to decrease rents by 1% for each of the 4 years commencing from April 2016.

 

3.       Agreed, with effect from 3 April 2017, the resulting average rent in Table 1 of the report, including the separation of a service charge as agreed by the Cabinet in December 2016.

 

4.       Agreed the 1.5% increase in Service Charge in Table 1 of the report.

 

5.       Noted the overall reduction in the average weekly charge by £0.72 per week.

 

6.       Noted the variances in section 5 and the resulting balanced HRA 2017/18 budget position in section 5.1, Table 2 of the report.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

1.       That the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) budget proposals detailed in the report be noted.

 

2.       That, in line with the Government’s rent reduction policy as detailed in section 4.1 of the report the requirement to decrease rents by 1% for each of the 4 years commencing from April 2016 be noted.

 

3.       That, with effect from 3 April 2017, the resulting average rent in Table 1 of the report, including the separation of a service charge as agreed by the Cabinet in December 2016 be agreed.

 

4.       That the 1.5% increase in Service Charge in Table 1 of the report be agreed.

 

5.       That the overall reduction in the average weekly charge by £0.72 per week be noted.

 

6.       That the variances in section 5 and the resulting balanced HRA 2017/18 budget position in section 5.1, Table 2 of the report be noted

6.

Revenue Budget Monitoring Period 8 pdf icon PDF 96 KB

To note the revenue monitoring position based on period 8, note the management action in relation to expenditure, to note the forecast for the General Fund budget, and to note that the Housing Revenue Account, is reporting on target at this stage of the year.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.       Noted the revenue monitoring position based on period 8 end of November 2016 data. This represents a developing view of the Royal Borough’s position as we pass the half-way stage of the year and will be the subject of on-going work and refinement of variances and trends throughout the year.

 

2.       Noted that extensive management action is taking place over the remaining 4 months of the year to contain expenditure pressures within existing resources wherever possible and to identify other compensating measures and resources, to ensure that the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) remains on track.

 

3.       Noted that after taking account of the currently planned management actions the General Fund budget is reporting a forecast overspend pressure of £15.607m and a corporate overspend pressure related to Nil Recourse of £3.980m at this stage of the year.

 

4.       Noted that the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) is reporting on target at this stage of the year.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

1.       That the revenue monitoring position based on period 8 end of November 2016 data, and this represents a developing view of the Royal Borough’s position as we pass the half-way stage of the year and will be the subject of on-going work and refinement of variances and trends throughout the year be noted.

 

2.       That extensive management action is taking place over the remaining 4 months of the year to contain expenditure pressures within existing resources wherever possible and to identify other compensating measures and resources, to ensure that the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) remains on track, be noted.

 

3.       That after taking account of the currently planned management actions the General Fund budget is reporting a forecast overspend pressure of £15.607m and a corporate overspend pressure related to Nil Recourse of £3.980m at this stage of the year be noted.

 

4.       That the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) is reporting on target at this stage of the year be noted.

7.

Treasury Management Strategy pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To consider the Treasury Management Strategy for 2017/18

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.       Noted the Treasury Management Strategy for 2017/18

 

2.       Agreed to refer the Treasury Management Strategy for 2017/18 to Council.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

1.       That the Treasury Management Strategy for 2017/18 be noted

 

2.       That it be agreed to refer the Treasury Management Strategy for 2017/18 to Council.

8.

Budget and Council Tax Setting 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 464 KB

To consider the setting of Council Tax for 2017/18 and to recommend that to Council

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.       Agreed to recommend to Council to agree an adult social care precept of 3% in 2017/18 and 3% in 2018/19 (Section 5 of the report)

 

2        Agreed to recommend to Council to agree a council tax rise of 1.99%, equivalent to 39p per week at Band D, in support of Adult Social Care (Section 6 of the report)

 

3.       Noted that the GLA precept for 2017/18 is due to increase by £4.02 per year at Band D, an increase of 1.5% (Section 6 of the report)

 

4.       Noted progress in respect of the previously agreed budget efficiency premium (Section 3 of the report)

 

5.       Agreed that £0.450m of the current budget efficiency premium be utilised to continue delivery of the E-Business Support Programme and any residual underspends are rolled forward into 2017/18 (Section 3 of the report)

 

6.       Noted the outcome of the draft local government finance settlement and the impact upon the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) (Section 4 and 5 of the report)

 

7.       Noted that strong local housing growth will deliver additional resources into the MTFS (Section 5 of the report)

 

8        Agreed to recommend to Council to agree to the addition to the council tax in 2017/18 on the taxpayers in premises surrounding the garden in Gloucester Circus SE10 (Section 6 of the report)

 

9        Agreed to recommend to Council to approve the overall council tax level and the relevant statutory calculations and resolutions (Section 6 and Appendix B of the report)

 

10      Agreed to utilise additional budget capacity, primarily in support of services facing significant demand pressures (Section 7 of the report)

 

11      Agreed that the new budget efficiency premium is held to meet pressures in the coming financial year (Section 7 of the report)

 

12      Noted the cut to the Education Services Grant and actions proposed to maintain service levels into 2017/18 (Section 8 of the report)

 

13      Noted the level of Dedicated Schools Grant for Education purposes and that the budget proposals for 2017/18 were agreed by the Schools Forum on 18 January 2017 (Section 8 of the report)

 

14      Agreed to prioritise the use of capital resources going forward into investments which support the delivery of services, utilising the Capital Receipts Strategy to be considered annually as part of the Council’s MTFS (Section 9 of the report)

 

15      Noted that the Prudential Code requires the setting and revision of the indicators to be carried out by the body that takes decisions in respect of the Borough’s budget

 

16      Agreed to recommend to Council to approve the Prudential Indicators (Section 10 and Appendix C of the report) for the period 2015/16 – 2019/20

 

17      Agreed to recommend to Council to agree that the indicators, other than the authorised borrowing limit, which must be set and revised by Council, are initially set each year by the authority as part of its budget setting process and are monitored and revised as appropriate during the year by Cabinet

 

18      Agreed to recommend to Council  ...  view the full decision text for item 8.

Minutes:

The Chair of Cabinet read out the comments submitted to Cabinet by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee with regard to this item.

 

Resolved –

 

1.       That it be agreed to recommend to Council to agree an adult social care precept of 3% in 2017/18 and 3% in 2018/19 (Section 5 of the report)

 

2        That it be agreed to recommend to Council to agree a council tax rise of 1.99%, equivalent to 39p per week at Band D, in support of Adult Social Care (Section 6 of the report)

 

3.       That the GLA precept for 2017/18 is due to increase by £4.02 per year at Band D, an increase of 1.5% (Section 6 of the report) be noted

 

4.       That progress in respect of the previously agreed budget efficiency premium (Section 3 of the report) be noted

 

5.       That £0.450m of the current budget efficiency premium be utilised to continue delivery of the E-Business Support Programme and any residual underspends are rolled forward into 2017/18 (Section 3 of the report) be agreed

 

6.       That the outcome of the draft local government finance settlement and the impact upon the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) (Section 4 and 5 of the report) be noted

 

7.       That strong local housing growth will deliver additional resources into the MTFS (Section 5 of the report) be noted

 

8        That it be agreed to recommend to Council to agree to the addition to the council tax in 2017/18 on the taxpayers in premises surrounding the garden in Gloucester Circus SE10 (Section 6 of the report)

 

9        That it be agreed to recommend to Council to approve the overall council tax level and the relevant statutory calculations and resolutions (Section 6 and Appendix B of the report)

 

10      That the utilisation of additional budget capacity, primarily in support of services facing significant demand pressures (Section 7 of the report) be agreed

 

11      That the new budget efficiency premium is held to meet pressures in the coming financial year (Section 7 of the report) be agreed

 

12      That the cut to the Education Services Grant and actions proposed to maintain service levels into 2017/18 (Section 8 of the report) be noted

 

13      That the level of Dedicated Schools Grant for Education purposes and that the budget proposals for 2017/18 were agreed by the Schools Forum on 18 January 2017 (Section 8 of the report) be noted

 

14      That the prioritisation of the use of capital resources going forward into investments which support the delivery of services, utilising the Capital Receipts Strategy to be considered annually as part of the Council’s MTFS (Section 9 of the report) be agreed

 

15      That the Prudential Code requires the setting and revision of the indicators to be carried out by the body that takes decisions in respect of the Borough’s budget be noted

 

16      That it be agreed to recommend to Council to approve the Prudential Indicators (Section 10 and Appendix C of the report) for the period 2015/16 – 2019/20  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Determination of Admission Arrangements for Royal Greenwich Schools from 2018/19 Academic Year pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To determine the Royal Borough’s admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled nursery, primary and secondary schools and Post 16 provision for entry from the 2018/19 academic year, to agree to participate in the Pan London co-ordinated admission system for Reception and Year 7 from the 2018/19 academic year, and to agree to Greenwich’s relevant area being the same as the administrative area of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.       Determined the Royal Borough of Greenwich admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled nursery, primary and secondary schools and Post 16 provision for entry from the 2018/19 academic year set out in Appendix A of the report;

 

2.       Agreed to participate in the Pan London co-ordinated admission system for Reception and Year 7 from the 2018/19 academic year set out in Appendix B of the report; and

 

3.       Agreed to Royal Greenwich’s relevant area being the same as the administrative area of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

1.       That the Royal Borough of Greenwich admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled nursery, primary and secondary schools and Post 16 provision for entry from the 2018/19 academic year be determined as set out in Appendix A of the report.

 

2.       That participation in the Pan London co-ordinated admission system for Reception and Year 7 from the 2018/19 academic year set out in Appendix B of the report be agreed.

 

3.       That Royal Greenwich’s relevant area be the same as the administrative area of the Royal Borough of Greenwich be agreed.

10.

Revised Scheme & Estimate report for the provision of the permanent expansion of the St Mary Magdalene Church of England School on the Greenwich Peninsula site pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To agree the scheme to provide the permanent All-through School on the Greenwich Peninsula to support an increase in the planned admission from September 2018, agree the new cost, agree that the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise & Skills retains control and approval of the risk draw down facility during the remaining phases of the project and note if agreed the Director of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills will enter into a contract with the preferred bidder BAM Construction Ltd.

Decision:

1.       Agreed the scheme to provide the permanent All-through School on the Greenwich Peninsula which is an expansion of St Mary Magdalene Primary School to support an increase in the planned admission from September 2018 at a total cost of £54,856,697.

 

2.       Agreed an additional allocation of £7,139,936 resulting in the previously agreed cost of the temporary school at £2,283,239 being added to the £54,856,697, creating a total cost of £57,139,936.

 

3.       Agreed that the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise & Skills retains control and approval of the risk draw down facility during the remaining phases of the project.

 

4.       Noted that if agreed the Director of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills will enter into a contract with the preferred bidder BAM Construction Ltd, following the completion of the development agreement, lease and sub-lease.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

1.       That the scheme to provide the permanent All-through School on the Greenwich Peninsula which is an expansion of St Mary Magdalene Primary School to support an increase in the planned admission from September 2018 at a total cost of £54,856,697 be agreed.

 

2.       That an additional allocation of £7,139,936 resulting in the previously agreed cost of the temporary school at £2,283,239 being added to the £54,856,697, creating a total cost of £57,139,936 be agreed.

 

3.       That the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise & Skills retains control and approval of the risk draw down facility during the remaining phases of the project be agreed.

 

4.       That if agreed the Director of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills will enter into a contract with the preferred bidder BAM Construction Ltd, following the completion of the development agreement, lease and sub-lease be noted.

11.

Revised Modernisation Programme for Retained Sheltered Housing Schemes pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To agree a variation to the programme of works for the Sheltered Housing Schemes, and to cease letting properties at Sam Manners House and 133 Langton Way pending the outcome of feasibility study on their future use.

Decision:

1.       Agreed a variation to the programme of works for the Sheltered Housing Schemes.

 

2.       Agreed to cease letting properties at Sam Manners House and 133 Langton Way pending the outcome of feasibility study on their future use.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

1.       That a variation to the programme of works for the Sheltered Housing Schemes be agreed.

 

2.       That it be agreed to cease letting properties at Sam Manners House and 133 Langton Way pending the outcome of feasibility study on their future use.