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In the absence of the Chairman (Councillor Steady), the Chair was occupied by the Vice-Chairman (Councillor Baker).
Apologies for Absence and Substitutions
The Committee is asked to note any apologies for absence and substitutions received from Members.
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Cawthron (with no substitute), Chittock (with no substitute), Steady (with Councillor Chapman substituting) and Stephenson (with Councillor Bush substituting).
To confirm and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 15 May 2017.
The Minutes of the meeting of the Committee, held on 15 May 2017, were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
Declarations of Interest
Councillors are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other interest, and the nature of it, in relation to any item on the agenda.
There were none.
To present to the Committee an overview of the Financial Outturn for the year 2016/17.
The Committee had before it a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate Services) which provided it with an overview of the Council’s financial outturn for the year 2016/17.
It was reported that Cabinet, at its meeting held on 16 June 2017, had considered the Financial Outturn 2016/17 and had decided –
(a) notes the financial outturn position for 2016/17 as set out in item A.4 of the Report of the Resources and Corporate Services Portfolio Holder and its appendices;
(b) approves the General Fund Revenue Commitments of £11.448m to be carried forward from 2016/17 to 2017/18 as set out in Appendix A of the above-mentioned report;
(c) approves that the overall General Fund Outturn Variance of £1.434m be carried forward via the Revenue Commitments Reserve for further consideration as part of the Initial Financial Strategy for 2018/19 later in the year;
(d) approves the financing of General Fund capital expenditure for 2016/17 as detailed in Appendix D of the aforementioned report;
(e) approves the General Fund capital budgets of £10.907m to be carried forward from 2016/17 to 2017/18 and the associated carry forward of the revenue contribution to capital of £1.925m;
(f) approves the movement in uncommitted and earmarked General Fund reserves for 2016/17 as set out in Appendix E to the aforesaid report;
(g) in respect of the HRA, approves the movement on HRA balances for 2016/17 including any commitments set out within Appendices I and J along with recharges to the HRA from the General fund of £2.203m for the year and the financing of the HRA capital expenditure as set out in Appendix J to the above report;
(h) delegates authority to the Council’s Section 151 Officer, in consultation with the Resources and Corporate Services Portfolio Holder, to adjust the outturn position for 2016/17 along with any corresponding adjustment to earmarked reserves as a direct result of any recommendations made by the Council’s External Auditor during the course of their audit activities relating to the Council’s 2016/17 accounts; and
(i) following additional flexibilities given to Local Authorities by the Government, agrees to planning fees being increased by 20% from 1 July 2017 with the necessary budget adjustments being made to reflect the increase in income and associated ring-fencing arrangements, and that further information is provided to a future Cabinet meeting as to how the additional income is to be used to improve the Planning Service.”
The Cabinet report and appendices referred to above were attached as Appendix A to the Report of the Corporate Director (Corporate Services) for the Committee’s consideration.
During the discussion of this item, and in response to Members’ questions, the Head of Finance, Revenues and Benefits (Richard Barrett) undertook to circulate to Members after the meeting the following –
(i) a break down of the grants given to organisations under the Big Society scheme during the last financial year;
(ii) a copy of the Officer report to Cabinet associated with the appointment of a Public Health specialist;
(iii) a ... view the full minutes text for item 11.