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Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Ben Fielding  Email: benjamin.fielding@wiltshire.gov.uk

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61.

Apologies

To receive details of any apologies or substitutions for the meeting.

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Tony Jackson and Councillor Jon Hubbard.

62.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 25 January 2022.

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The minutes of the meeting held on 25 January 2022 were presented for consideration, and it was;

 

Resolved:

 

To approve and sign as a true and correct record of the minutes of the meeting held on 25 January 2022.

63.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable interests or dispensations granted by the Standards Committee.

 

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There were no Declarations of Interest.

64.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements through the Chair.

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There were no Chairman’s Announcements.

65.

Public Participation

The Council welcomes contributions from members of the public.

 

Statements

If you would like to make a statement at this meeting on any item on this agenda, please register to do so at least 10 minutes prior to the meeting. Up to 3 speakers are permitted to speak for up to 3 minutes each on any agenda item. Please contact the officer named on the front of the agenda for any further clarification.

 

Questions

To receive any questions from members of the public or members of the Council received in accordance with the constitution.

 

Those wishing to ask questions are required to give notice of any such questions in writing to the officer named on the front of this agenda no later than 5pm on 1 February 2022 in order to be guaranteed of a written response. In order to receive a verbal response questions must be submitted no later than 5pm on 4 February 2022. Please contact the officer named on the front of this agenda for further advice. Questions may be asked without notice if the Chairman decides that the matter is urgent.

 

Details of any questions received will be circulated to Committee members prior to the meeting and made available at the meeting and on the Council’s website.

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66.

Procedure of Meeting

Amendments will be taken in the order they are submitted and one at a time unless agreed otherwise. Although some of the amendments may be interdependent in that they relate to combined savings and/or growth, Overview and Scrutiny will want the opportunity to comment of each although with the ability to acknowledge their dependency if appropriate.

 

The running order of speakers on each will be:

 

·       Respective group leader/spokesman/individual to present the circulated amendment explaining the purpose, implications, intended outcome and link to the Business Plan;

·       The Leader of the Council and/or responsible Cabinet Member(s) to respond;

·       Corporate Leadership Team to comment (if appropriate);

·       Management Committee Members to ask questions of the proposer(s) and respondent(s) in order to gain evidence;

·       Clarification from statutory officers and other relevant directors (if necessary);

·       Contribution from any other Members (if invited);

·       Chairman to sum up and seek a consensus view of the Committee as appropriate.

 

Any consensus views of the Committee (and not of individual members) will form part of the minutes of the meeting for report to Council on 15 February 2022.

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The procedure for the meeting was noted.

67.

Wiltshire Council Financial Plan 2022-2023: Amendments

To consider amendments from any political groups or individual Members on the initial draft of the executive proposed budget.

 

Any amendments that may be received will be circulated as soon as they are available.

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A budget proposal was agreed by Cabinet on 1 February 2022 for discussion at Full Council on 15 February 2022, following its consideration by the Committee at its meeting on 8 February 2022.

 

On 8 February 2022 proposed amendments to that budget were received from Cllrs Ian Thorn and Gavin Grant.

 

The amendments were presented as detailed in the agenda supplement.

 

Amendment A - Car Parking Saving

 

Regarding car parking saving, the proposals sought to remove the following Car Parking savings to introduce parking charges for Blue Badge Holders, introduce Sunday charges in all car parks, remove free event parking from Town Councils and increase car parking charges by 10p per hour on every tariff.

 

Comments from statutory officers including the Section 151 Officer and Monitoring Officer were set out in the agenda supplement.

 

Amendment B - Lunch and Friendships Clubs

 

Regarding Lunch and Friendship Clubs saving, the proposals sought to remove the following savings: to reduce funding for lunch clubs for older adults and to reduce funding for Friendship Clubs for adults with learning disabilities.

 

Comments from statutory officers including the Section 151 Officer and Monitoring Officer were set out in the agenda supplement.

 

Amendment C - Area Board Capital Grants

 

Regarding Area Board Capital Grants, the proposal sought to increase the Area Board  Capital Grants to the previous level of funding of £0.800m prior to the re-allocation of £0.400m to Local Highways and Footpath Improvement Groups (LHFIG), an increase of the budget of £0.400m. It is proposed that this increase in the Capital Programme was funded by borrowing.

 

There is a revenue impact of undertaking additional borrowing to fund an increase in the Capital Programme, made up of interest and Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP). This impact would not affect the 2022/23 budget as any borrowing would be assumed to be undertaken at the end of the financial year and therefore no interest cost would be assumed and the MRP is charged the year following the expenditure.

 

The revenue impact of this proposal is £0.020m every year from 2023/24 and would have the impact of increasing the draw from the Budget Equalisation Reserve in 2023/24 to £9.122m and increase the budget gap in 2024/25.

 

Comments from statutory officers including the Section 151 Officer and Monitoring Officer were set out in the agenda supplement.

 

The Committee discussed the proposed amendments as detailed fully in the report appended to these minutes, seeking details of the status and extent of the council’s reserves, any service impacts arising from the proposals, and the level of financial or other risks to the council should the amendment be approved by Full Council.

 

At the conclusion of discussion, it was,

 

Resolved:

 

  1. To thank Cllrs Ian Thorn and Gavin Grant for submitting their budget proposals to the Committee and to note that they have been scrutinised

 

  1. To ask Full Council to take note of the comments of the Committee, which will be presented in a report

 

  1. Regarding the proposed amendments to the budget for lunch clubs for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 67.

68.

Date of Next Meeting

To confirm the date of the next meeting as 22 March 2022.

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The date of the next meeting was confirmed as 22 March 2022.

69.

Urgent Items

Any other items of business which the Chairman agrees to consider as a matter of urgency.

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There were no Urgent Items.

 

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