Agenda item

Report from the Relevant Committee on Matters which are Referred to Council for Decision

To receive reports on matters which by law or in accordance with the Constitution are referred to Council for decision.

 

1.    Capital and Investment Strategies 2019/20 - 2021/22 – Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 5th February 2019

That the Council agree to:

 

1.     Adopt the Capital Strategy and Investment Strategy for 2019/20; and

2.     Revise the Authorised Limit and Operational Boundary for external debt accordance with the proposals set out in the report.

 

2.    Council Tax - Long Term Empty Homes Premium – Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 5th February 2019

      That the Council agree that from 1 April 2019 properties empty for 2 years or more be charged a Council Tax long term empty homes premium equivalent to 100% of the Council Tax and that the Corporate Director Finance and Resources be authorised to agree individual exemptions based on government guidance.

 

3.    New Policies Arising from the New Community Lottery - Referral Report from Income Generation Sub-Committee 15th January 2019

That the Council approve the policies required for the operation of the Council’s new Community Lottery, as appended to this report.

 

4.    Proposed Budget 2019/20 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/20 - 2023/24 – Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 5th February 2019

 

1.   That Council approves the proposed Budget and Council Tax for 2018/19 as set out in this report.  In particular:-

a.     The Budget Requirement for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) 2019/20at £10,579,975;

 

b.     The Council Tax Requirement for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) 2019/20 at £5,929,200; and

 

c.      The Band D Council Tax for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) at £185.88.

 

2.   That Council approves the Council Tax Resolution 2019/20 set out at Appendix 8 (to follow - final figures will be confirmed in advance of the Council meeting once all the precept information has been confirmed).

 

3.   That Council approves the proposed Budget for 2019/20 as detailed in the following appendices:

i.             the summary budget 2019/20 as set out at Appendix 1;

 

ii.            the detailed Budget 2019/20 as set out in the Budget Book at Appendix 2;

         iv.      the Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2019/20 as set out in Appendix 3;

         v.       the Pay Policy Statement 2019/20 as set out in Appendix 4;

         vi.      the detailed Fees and Charges 2019/20 as set out in Appendix 5 and in Appendix 5a (exempt item);

 

4.   That Council approve the proposed Medium Term Financial Plan for the next five year period 2018/19 – 2023/24as detailed in the following appendices:

                   i.          the summary MTFP 2019/20 - 2023/24 as set out in Appendix 1;

                  ii.          the Capital Programme and Capital Financing as set out in Appendix 6;

                 iii.          the Earmarked Reserves balance as set out in Appendix 7.

Minutes:

Capital and Investment Strategies 2019/20 - 2021/22 – Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 5th February 2019

 

The Council considered a referral report from the Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee.

 

At the meeting on 5th February 2019, the Committee considered a report on the Capital Strategy for 2019/20 – 2021/22 and Investment Strategy for 2019/20 – 2021/22 and revised Operational Boundary and Authorised Limit for external debt. The Committee agreed to recommend that the Council adopt the Strategy and revise the Authorised Limit and Operational Boundary for external debt in accordance with the proposals set out in the report. The Capital Strategy and Investment Strategy are new documents for 2019/20 required under statutory guidance.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Stephen and seconded by Councillor Gregson and on being put to the vote it was agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council agree to:

 

1.    adopt the Capital Strategy and Investment Strategy for 2019/20; and

 

2.  revise the Authorised Limit and Operational Boundary for external debt accordance with the proposals set out in the report.

 

Council Tax - Long Term Empty Homes Premium – Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 5th February 2019

         

The Council considered a referral report from the Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee.

 

At the meeting on 5th February 2019, the Committee considered a report on the introduction of a Council Tax premium for properties that have been vacant for two or more years. The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018, which received Royal Assent on 1 November 2018, permits charges to be levied as follows:

 

    from 2019/20, for properties empty for more than 2 years, the maximum long term empty homes premium is 100%

    from 2020/21, for properties empty for more than 5 years, the maximum long term empty homes premium is 200%

    from 2021/22, for properties empty for more than 10 years, the maximum long term empty homes premium is 300%.

 

The Committee agreed to recommend that the Council implement the change in respect of those properties that are vacant for two or more years and to defer a decision on charging additional premiums for properties empty for more than five, or more than ten, years while further information is gathered. The Committee also agreed to delegate authority to the Corporate Director - Finance and Resources to make decisions in specific cases.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Stephen and seconded by Councillor Bayliss and on being put to the vote it was agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council agree that from 1 April 2019 properties empty for 2 years or more be charged a Council Tax long term empty homes premium equivalent to 100% of the Council Tax and that the Corporate Director - Finance and Resources be authorised to agree individual exemptions based on government guidance.

 

New Policies Arising from the New Community Lottery - Referral Report from Income Generation Sub-Committee 15th January 2019

 

The Council considered a referral report from the Chairman of the Income Generation Sub-Committee.

 

At the meeting on 15th January 2019, the Sub-Committee considered a report on policies that are required for the operation of the Council’s new Community Lottery. The relevant policies are:

 

a. Children & Vulnerable Persons Protection Policy

b. Fair and Open Gambling Policy

c. Protection from Source of Crime and Disorder Policy

d. Social Responsibility in Gambling Policy

e. Implementation Procedures Policy

 

The Sub-Committee agreed to recommend the Council to adopt the policies. Adoption of the policies by the Council is a requirement of the Gambling Commission.

 

In the ensuing discussion, reference was made to Social Responsibility Policy and the proposed limits in place to ensure individuals cannot buy excessive numbers of tickets. Clarification was sought that it will not be possible to purchase tickets using a credit card. It was proposed by Councillor Knight and seconded by Councillor Agar that the Council agree to delegate authority to Officers to review the wording and take appropriate action, in consultation with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Sub-Committee, to remove any provision for the purchase of tickets by credit card.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Agar and seconded by Councillor Knight and on being put to the vote it was agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That the Council agree to:

 

1.    approve the policies required for the operation of the Council’s new Community Lottery, as appended to this report; and

 

2.    delegate authority to Officers to review the wording of the Policies and take appropriate action, in consultation with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Sub-Committee, to remove any provision for the purchase of tickets by credit card.

 

Proposed Budget 2019/20 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/20 - 2023/24 – Referral Report from Policy and Resources Committee 5th February 2019

 

The Council considered a referral report from the Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee.

 

The Leader of the Council proposed the Budget and Council Tax 2019/20 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/20 – 2023/24. The Leader informed Members that they were being asked to approve the Budget and Council Tax, including the Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2019/20, Pay Policy Statement 2019/20 and Fees and Charges 2019/20; and the proposed Medium Term Financial Plan 2018/19 – 2023/24, including the Capital Programme and Capital Financing and the Earmarked Reserves Balance.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Stephen and seconded by Councillor Bayliss and on being put to the vote it was agreed and

 

RESOLVED: That Council approve:

 

1.    the proposed Budget and Council Tax for 2018/19 as set out in this report.  In particular:-

 

a.The Budget Requirement for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) 2019/20at £10,579,975;

b.The Council Tax Requirement for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) 2019/20 at £5,929,200; and

c.The Band D Council Tax for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) at £185.88;

 

2.  the Council Tax Resolution 2019/20 set out at Appendix 8;

 

3.  the proposed Budget for 2019/20 as detailed in the following appendices:

i.    the summary budget 2019/20 as set out at Appendix 1;

ii.   the detailed Budget 2019/20 as set out in the Budget Book at Appendix 2;

iii. the Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2019/20 as set out in Appendix 3;

iv.  the Pay Policy Statement 2019/20 as set out in Appendix 4;

v.   the detailed Fees and Charges 2019/20 as set out in Appendix 5 and in Appendix 5a (exempt item);

 

4.  the proposed Medium Term Financial Plan for the next five year period 2018/19 – 2023/24 as detailed in the following appendices:

 

i.    the summary MTFP 2019/20 - 2023/24 as set out in Appendix 1;

ii.   the Capital Programme and Capital Financing as set out in Appendix 6;

iii.  the Earmarked Reserves balance as set out in Appendix 7.

 

Record of Voting

 

For:

Councillors

Against:

Councillors

Agar, Altaf, A. Amos, B. Amos, Bayliss, Berry, Biggs, Cawthorne, Collins, Cronin, Denham, Denlegh-Maxwell, Ditta, Feeney, Geraghty, Gregson, Griffiths, Hodges, Mrs L. Hodgson,  S. Hodgson, Johnson, Jones, Knight, Lamb, Laurenson, Mitchell, Riaz, Roberts, G. Squires, J. Squires, Stafford, Stalker, Stanley, Stephen, Udall

 

Total: 35

Total: 0

 

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