Agenda and decisions

Cabinet - Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: Virtual meeting - this meeting is being held remotely

Contact: Jo Toomey 

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Register of attendance and apologies for absence

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Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 355 KB

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    Minutes of the meeting held on 16 June 2020.


Disclosure of Interests (if any)

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20/21 Amended Budget Framework pdf icon PDF 321 KB

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    Report from the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources.

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    1.             Cabinet requests that a review of all elements of the approved 2020/21 budget framework in response to the Covid-19 pandemic including options to respond to unforeseen income reductions and expenditure increases is carried out.

    2.             Cabinet requests that options and proposals are presented and considered by the Joint Budget Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 26 August 2020.

    3.             Cabinet to receive draft budgetary amendment proposals at the meeting on 8 September 2020 incorporating recommendations from the Joint Budget Overview and Scrutiny Committee and make formal recommendations for Council to consider on 17 September 2020.


    Reasons for decision:


    1.             The report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources.

    2.             The financial implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on the 2002/21 budget approved by Council on 2 March 2020.

    3.             The Government’s financial response to the crisis to date.

    4.             The impact on the Council’s main sources of income from Council Tax and Business Rates.

    5.             Additional costs expected to be incurred as a consequence of the Council’s response to Covid-19.

    6.             Options and recommendations to be considered by the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Budget meeting on 26 August 2020.

    7.             The need to review and re-prioritise programmes currently within the Capital Programme.

    8.             To further analyse the wider financial implications of the current crisis from both a short and long term perspective.


    Other Options considered


    Options to be considered as part of the budget amendments.


Financial Outturn Position Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 422 KB


Covid-19 and 2019/20 Outturn Performance pdf icon PDF 286 KB


Matters Referred to Cabinet by the Council or Overview & Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 256 KB

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    Report from the Leader of the Council presenting any recommendations that have been made to Cabinet by the Council and Overview and Scrutiny Committees.



Items raised by Cabinet Members including reports on Key and Non Key Decisions taken under Delegated Powers

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Representations and questions from Non Cabinet Members

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Cabinet Forward Plan 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021 pdf icon PDF 203 KB


Planning and Business Bill - Pavement Licences pdf icon PDF 302 KB

    A report of the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations.


    The decision is being taken as a matter of Special Urgency because new legislation is rapidly passing through Parliament. The legislation, which will come into immediate effect, is expected to be made within the next two weeks. The Council needs to make preparations in advance of this to ensure the legislation can be implemented.


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    That Cabinet delegates authority to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations, to consider the final proposal from Lincolnshire County Council and agree any delegations/similar which may be necessary to ensure that pavement licences may be determined within South Kesteven.


    Considerations/Reasons for decision:


    1.             The report of the Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations.

    2.             The imminent introduction of the Business and Planning Bill 2019-2021 which introduced new provisions for an expediated process allowing businesses selling food and drink to apply to the district council for authorisation to put furniture such as tables and chairs on the highway adjacent to their premises.

    3.             The new Bill places the responsibility for issuing the licences on district councils, in consultation with the highway authority and other relevant persons until 30 September 2021.

    4.             The requirement for the Council to have relevant processes, procedures, systems and training, developed and put in place in a matter of days.

    5.             Currently the details of the proposal were not known.

    6.             Ongoing discussions with Lincolnshire County Council who had indicated that they were prepared to undertake the licence process if the Council choose to delegate authority to them.

    7.             The decision being taken under the special urgency provision as outlined within the Council’s Constitution due to the expected speed of the Bill going through Parliament.


    Other Options considered


    1.               The Council could choose to administer the function itself.  Given the timescales, the Council was likely to only be able to put in place a fairly basic online process that focussed on meeting the minimum statutory obligations.

    2.               The Council could delegate the function to another authority, such as Lincolnshire County Council.


Financial Impact of Covid-19 on the Leisure Service

    Report from the Deputy Leader of the Council.

    This decision is being taken under the General Exception Procedure set out in Section 10 of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012

    ?Following the publication of the last Forward Plan, the need has arisen for urgent consideration of the financial impact of COVID-19 on the leisure service. The decision will therefore be made under these provisions because it has not been possible to give 28-days prior notification on the Forward Plan. To wait for the next plan to be published and the passing of 28 days would mean deadlines would not be met in order to get Cabinet’s recommendations to the Council for consideration at its meeting on 16 July 2020. Failure to make a decision at this time would have implications on provision of leisure services, in anticipation of the COVID-19 recovery phase.

    This item is exempt under section 100 (a)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

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    To approve the recommendations as set out in the urgent exempt report of the Deputy Leader of the Council.


    The report contains exempt information under section 100 (a)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, paragraph 3 of Schedule 12 A of the Act.


    Considerations/Reasons for decision


    The considerations and reasons for the decision are contained within the exempt report of the Deputy Leader of the Council as discussed by the Cabinet at the meeting on 7 July 2020.


    Options considered


    Contained within the exempt report of the Deputy Leader of the Council as discussed by the Cabinet at the meeting on 7 July 2020.


Strategic Acquisition