Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Tuesday, 10th December, 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Witham Room - South Kesteven House, St. Peter's Hill, Grantham. NG31 6PZ. View directions

Contact: Jo Toomey 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

2.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 138 KB

3.

Disclosure of Interests

4.

Council Tax Base for the financial year 2020/21 (Budget Framework) pdf icon PDF 214 KB

    Report of the Cabinet Member for Finance to recommend the Council Tax base for the 2020/21 financial year.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

     

    Decision:

     

    1.    Cabinet recommends to Council the Council Tax base for the forthcoming financial year equating to 47,918.40 in accordance with the relevant legislation.  This will form the basis upon which the Council will estimate Council Tax income for the 2020/21 budget.

     

    Reasons for decision:

     

    1.    The report of the Cabinet Member for Finance on the Council Tax base for the financial year 2020/21

    2.    The Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended by s84 of the Local

    Government Act 2003

    3.    The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012

    4.    The calculation of the tax base for parish purposes is based on the number of properties as at 9 September 2019 and the discounts and exemptions applicable on 1 October 2019 as prescribed by legislation

    5.    Adjustments for the reductions in the tax base as a result of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme

    6.    Historic Council Tax collection rates and information regarding the impact of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme and work incentive

    7.    The cessation of the grant to parish councils to offset the impact of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme

     

    Other options considered and rejected:

     

    None

5.

Finance update report - Quarter 2 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 336 KB

    Report of the Cabinet Member for Finance informing Cabinet of the Council’s forecast 2019/20 financial position as at the end of September 2019.

    Decision:

     

    Decision:

     

    1.    Cabinet approves the forecast 2019/20 outturn positions for Revenue, Savings and Income Generation and Capital as at the end of September 2019 and notes the variances that require further action. 

     

    Reasons for decision:

     

    1.    The Finance Update Report for Quarter 2 2019/20 of the Cabinet Member for Finance

    2.    To keep the Cabinet updated as to the financial position of the authority

    3.    Effective budget management is critical to ensuring financial resources are spent in line with the budget and are targeted towards the Council’s priorities

    4.    Monitoring enables the early identification of variations against the plan and facilitates timely corrective action

     

    Other options considered and rejected:

     

    None

     

6.

Tenancy Agreement (Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 223 KB

    Report of the Deputy Leader of the Council on the South Kesteven District Council Tenancy Agreement.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

     

    Decision:

     

    1.    The Cabinet approves the proposed Tenancy Agreement, as appended (Appendix 1) to the report, and for it to be sent as a ‘notice of variation’ to all tenants of South Kesteven District Council (‘the Council’) in accordance with Section 103 of the Housing Act 1985.

     

    2.    To delegate authority to the Deputy Leader in consultation with the Interim Strategic Director, Growth to make any minor changes to the final document.

     

    Reasons for decision:

     

    1.    The report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Deputy Leader of the Council on the Council’s Tenancy Agreement

    2.    The current Tenancy Agreement no longer reflects the current needs of the housing services or the context in which social housing now operates

    3.    The new agreement uses references from the current Tenancy Agreement as well as other examples of good practice from various Local Authorities and Registered Providers

    4.    The consequence of the Cabinet not approving the varied tenancy agreement impacts on the Council’s ability to effectively enforce the tenancy agreement conditions

    5.    Comments of the Rural and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee

     

    Other options considered and rejected:

     

    1.    The alternative option would be to not update the current tenancy agreement.

     

     

7.

Matters Referred to Cabinet by the Council or Overview & Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 191 KB

8.

Items raised by Cabinet Members including reports on Key and Non Key Decisions taken under Delegated Powers. pdf icon PDF 197 KB

9.

Representations and questions from Non Cabinet Members

10.

Cabinet Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 191 KB

12.

Leisure Service – Future Management Options (Key Decision)

Decision:

 

Decision:

 

1.    The Cabinet approves an extension to the Council’s current leisure management contract arrangement for a term of 15 months, the extension to end on 3 April 2022 subject to the current level of service being maintained.

 

2.    The Cabinet agrees with the result of the long-term management option appraisal and approves the proposal to procure a new contract arrangement.

 

3.    The Cabinet agrees that a Procurement Strategy should be developed to determine the optimum length of contract and ideal route to market.

 

4.    The Cabinet approves a budget of £65,000 be set aside to develop the Procurement Strategy and support the Council in the procurement of a new contract.  This is to be funded from the £106,000 saving as detailed in the exempt report.

 

Reasons for decision:

 

1.    The Cabinet Member for Growth exempt report on enhancing leisure opportunities for everyone.

2.    Each of the four leisure centres are of varying age and condition and all require significant investment to ensure they are attractive, sustainable, energy efficient, able to meet modern customer expectations and provide value for money.

3.    Consultants appointed to undertake a feasibility study to provide proposals on a scheme of refurbishment and/or redevelopment.

4.    The results of soft market testing have been used to inform the likely interest in both a short and long-term contract and the likely benefit to the Council.  The results are set out as options within the report and have helped to inform the recommendations.

5.    Comments from the Finance, Economic Development and Corporate Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

Other options considered and rejected:

 

1.    Several detailed options were considered and rejected in respect of short and long-term management options as follows:

 

Short-term Leisure Management Options

Contract extension with current provider

Short term contract with new provider

 

Long-term Management Options

In-house Management of Leisure Service

Form a Leisure Trust

Extend Current Contract Arrangements

New Contract Arrangement

Joint Venture Arrangements with a Third Party Provider

Asset Disposal

 

2.    A full overview of the options considered are set out in the exempt report.

Date decisions effective:

 

Decisions 52 and 57 as made on Tuesday 10 December 2019 can be implemented on Thursday 19 December 2019 unless subject to call-in by the Chairman of the relevant Overview and Scrutiny Committee or any five members of the Council from any political group.

 

Decision 50 stands referred to Council on Thursday 27 February 2020