Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Tuesday, 21st January, 2020 2.00 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 164 KB

3.

Disclosure of Interests (if any)

4.

Customer Experience Strategy (Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 202 KB

    Report of the Cabinet Member for Communities and HR to consider the Council’s position in updating and developing a Customer Experience Strategy that meets the current and future needs of our customers, visitors and businesses.

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    Decision:

     

    1.     That Cabinet approves the Customer Experience Strategy.

    2.     That Cabinet commissions the consultation for proposed changes to the Stamford and Market Deeping area offices.

     

    Reasons for decision:

     

    1.    The report of the Cabinet Member for Communities and HR on the Council’s Customer Experience Strategy.

    2.    The strategy is a vital part of the transformation of the Council and sets out how the Council will deliver services in the future.

    3.    There is a need to create a modern, flexible customer experience, offering choice and delivering convenience to all customers, businesses and visitors. Services must maximise the use of all channels available and improve hours of accessibility by promoting self-service for all transactions. This will make it easy to do business with SKDC whilst actively supporting those most vulnerable. 

    4.    Cabinet recognises that approximately 15 percent of the community need non-digital support including face to face and telephone contact.

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

     

    Other options considered and rejected:

     

    The consequence of the Cabinet not approving the strategy impacts on the Council’s ability to effectively improve the customer experience.

     

     

     

5.

Budget Proposals for 2020/21 and Indicative Budgets for 2021/22 and 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 309 KB

    Report of the Cabinet Member for Finance on the draft Budget estimates for 2020/21, revenue and capital, for both the General Fund and the Housing Revenue Account and provides the details that have been included in the budget proposals

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    Decision:

     

    Considered the budget proposals for 2020/21 in respect of :

    ·         General Fund – Revenue and Capital

    ·         Housing Revenue Account – Revenue and Capital

    Approved consultation in respect of proposed Council Tax levels for 2020/21 for the period 22 January – 14 February 2020

     

    Reasons for decision:

     

    1.    The report of the Cabinet Member for Finance on budget proposals for 2020/21 and indicative budgets for 2021/22 and 2022/23 giving details of the draft budget estimates for 2020/21, revenue and capital for both the General Fund and the Housing Revenue Account.

    2.     The budget proposals detailed in the report were formulated by the Cabinet working closely with Members, senior officers and the Finance, Economic Development and Corporate Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee with the objective to realign resources and spending plans to ensure that the key priorities and aspirations of the Council could be delivered.

    3.     Recommendations made by the Budget Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 14 January 2020.

     

    4.    General Fund – Revenue

    ·         The provisional Finance Settlement for 2020/21 outlined that funding would continue at 2019/20 levels for the rural services delivery grant. The Council was expected to receive £295k for 2020/2021 only

    ·         The anticipated changes to local government funding that could adversely affect some Councils as a result of the finance distribution, had been deferred a year thereby giving a relatively stable financial year (2020/21) before the April 2021 implementation.  This had given the Council a further year to realign its resources in the context of reduced funding 

    ·         Due to the change in funding arrangements, the Council was planning to be self-sustainable by 2025

     

    5.    Council Tax

     

    ·         Indicative income from Council Tax based on proposals which would be

    subject to public consultation from 22 January to 14 February: a £5 increase on a Band D property, a 3% increase on a Band D property or no increase

    ·         The budget proposals were compiled on the assumption that the Cabinet

    would wish to recommend a £5 increase on a Band D property in 2020/21

     

    6.    Fees and charges

     

    ·         Draft fees and charges proposals for 2020/21 as set out in Appendix E to the report.

    ·         The report highlighted which charges were statutory and which were discretionary

     

    7.    Housing Revenue Account

     

    ·         Draft proposals for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA)

    ·         Proposals drafted in line with refreshed Housing Strategy to ensure current needs and priorities are reflected

    ·         The overall position as set out at Appendix A(ii) of the report of the Cabinet Member for Finance

    ·         The rent increase is proposed at 2.7% and garage rents are proposed to increase in line with inflation at 3%

     

    8.    Capital programme (General Fund and Housing Revenue Account)

     

    ·         The detailed Capital Programme attached to the report at Appendix C

    (General Fund) and (HRA)

    ·         The Council’s ambitions of growth and investment, including the provision of quality leisure services

    ·         The Council is committed to growing the local economy for the benefit of all residents in the district by supporting private sector activity and has various routes to do  ...  view the full decision text for item 5.

6.

Housing Strategy Refresh (Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 198 KB

    Report of the Deputy Leader of the Council which requests approval of the Council’s refreshed Housing Strategy 2017-2021

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    Decision:

     

    1.    Cabinet approves the Housing Strategy refresh.

    2.    Delegation be given to the Cabinet Member for Housing to make minor changes to the final document.

     

    Reasons for decision:

     

    1.    The report of the Deputy Leader of the Council on the Council’s Housing Strategy refresh.

    2.    The draft Housing Strategy refresh allows the Council to make best use of Council stock; improve tenant involvement and enhance existing housing services.

    3.    A midterm review of the strategy was undertaken which identified some areas which need to be enhanced and as a result this document was produced.

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

     

    Other options considered and rejected:

     

    The consequence of the Cabinet not approving the strategy impacts on the Council’s ability to effectively support its tenants.

     

7.

Collaboration Agreement relating to Saint Martin's Park, Stamford (Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 208 KB

8.

Position Statement on the Intentional Release of Sky (Chinese) Lanterns and Balloons pdf icon PDF 198 KB

    Report of the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations to consider the Council’s position in relation to the intentional release of sky (Chinese) lanterns and balloons on Council owned public open space

    Additional documents:

    Decision:

    Decision:

     

    1.     That the position statement on the intentional release of sky (Chinese) lanterns and balloons is adopted by Cabinet, subject to public consultation.

    2.     That the minority groups potentially affected by the adoption of the position statement be consulted.

    3.     Authority is delegated to the Strategic Director of Commercial & Operations, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Commercial & Operations, to make any consequential changes as a result of the consultation.

     

    Reasons for decision:

     

    1.    The report of the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations on the Position Statement on the intentional release of sky (chinese) lanterns and balloons.

    2.    There is currently no UK legislation available to control this issue, therefore it is for the local authority to consider whether a position statement is necessary.

    3.    It is impossible to control where the lanterns and balloons land, and they can travel large distances before falling to the ground or into streams and rivers which may lead to the sea.   Being a predominantly rural district, there may be greater risks to livestock, wildlife and crops than in more densely populated areas.

    4.    The Council has demonstrated its commitment to improving the attractiveness of the district through the Big Clean and the debris from these lanterns and balloons will have a detrimental impact on the local environment.

    5.    Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee were consulted on 26 November 2019 and was in agreement in issuing a position statement.

     

    Other options considered and rejected:

     

    1.     The Council is not obliged to publish a position statement and can remain silent on the issue.

    2.     While a breach of a position statement would not be legally enforceable, if approved, it can be included in Council policies and agreements relating to the use of Council land eg. parks and open spaces for public events etc.

9.

Matters Referred to Cabinet by the Council or Overview & Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 199 KB

10.

Items raised by Cabinet Members including reports on Key and Non Key Decisions taken under Delegated Powers. pdf icon PDF 189 KB

11.

Representations and questions from Non Cabinet Members

12.

Cabinet Forward Plan - 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2021 pdf icon PDF 191 KB

13.

Close of meeting