Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Thursday, 8th February, 2018 5.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX. View directions

Contact: Penny Milne  Democratic Services Team Leader - 023 9244 6234

Items
No. Item

67.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Mouland.

68.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

There were no matters the Chairman wished to report.

69.

Minutes

To approve the minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 5 December 2017 (previously circulated).

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 5 December 2017 were approved as a correct record.

70.

Declarations of Interest

To receive and record any declarations of interest from members present in respect of any of the various matters on the agenda for this meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

71.

Changes to the Cabinet Membership

Cabinet to note the appointment by the Leader of Councillor Julie Butler as Deputy Leader, in accordance with Article 6 of the Constitution, effective from January 2018.

Minutes:

The Leader reported that he had appointed Councillor Julie Butler as Deputy Leader in accordance with Article 6 of the Constitution.

72.

Council Communications During 'Purdah' pdf icon PDF 277 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Cowper presented a report and recommendation to Cabinet setting out a draft policy for Communications during periods of ‘Purdah’.  The report clarified the Council’s mandatory obligations under the Local Government Act 1986 and provided further guidance on the application of the purdah obligations during elections not affecting East Hampshire District Council.

 

RECOMMENDED to full Council that Policy Statements 6.1 to 6.7 as set out in the report be approved.

73.

Budget 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Report attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Cowper, as Finance Portfolio Holder, presented the draft Revenue and Capital Budget 2018/19 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2022/23 for onward recommendation to Council. 

 

Councillor Cowper highlighted the key messages in the report in that there would be no increase in Council Tax in 2018/19, movements from reserves reflected known liabilities that had been earmarked and planned for, and the favourable position with regard to the general reserves. 

 

Cllr Cowper and the Leader both took the opportunity to thank the s151 Officer, the Finance Team and Heads of Service for the considerable work undertaken to review all service budgets and ensure a balanced budget for 2018/19.

 

(A)         RESOLVED that:

 

(1)          The current Fees and Charges Schedule as agreed on 26 September 2017 (Appendix J to the report) be noted;

(2)          A minimum increase of 1.5% be applied in 2018/19 to those fees and charges that are not otherwise constrained by statute, to be determined by the Chief Finance Officer in consultation with the Finance Portfolio Holder;

 

(B)         RECOMMENDED to full Council that:

 

(1)          The proposed Revenue and Capital Budgets for 2018/19 including a Council Tax rate of £131.11 at Band D, representing a 0% increase in the current charge; and

(2)               The Treasury Management Strategy and Prudential Indicators be agreed.

74.

Recommendation from Joint Human Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 64 KB

The Cabinet to consider the following recommendation from the Joint Human Resources Committee held on 6 December 2017.  The report and the Policy as reviewed by the JHR Committee is attached.

 

RECOMMENDED to Cabinet that the reviewed Equality Policy be approved.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Millard presented a report and recommendation seeking approval of the updated Equality Policy.  The Policy had been reviewed by the Joint Human Resources Committee on 6 December and that Committee had recommended the updated policy to Cabinet for approval.

 

RESOLVED that the reviewed Equality Policy be approved and adopted.

75.

Urgent Decisions for Noting pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Cabinet to NOTE the following Urgent Decisions taken in accordance with Standing Order 46:

 

(1)          S106 Funding for replacement footbridge, Radford Park, Liphook;

(2)          S106 Funding for installation of netball courts at Anstey Park.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the following Urgent Decisions taken under Standing Order 46 be noted:

 

(1)          S106 funding for replacement footbridge, Radford Park, Liphook;

(2)               S106 funding for installation of netball courts at Anstey Park.

76.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

RECOMMENDED that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items as:

 

(a)          it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the public were present during that item there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as specified in Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) to the Local Government Act 1972; and

(b)          in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

Item 11 – Delegated Decisions (Exempt)

Paragraph 3

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item as:

 

(a)          It was likely that, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, if members of the public were present during that item there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as specified in Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) to the Local Government Act 1972; and

(b)          In all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

Item 11 – Delegated Decisions (Exempt)

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77.

Delegated Decisions (Exempt)

The Cabinet to NOTE the following exempt decisions taken under the scheme of delegations to Portfolio Holders:

 

(1)          Environmental Services Options Appraisal Process;

(2)          Review of Council Grants

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the following exempt decisions, taken under the scheme of delegations to Portfolio Holders be noted:

 

(1)          Environmental Services Options Appraisal Process;

(2)               Review of Council Grants.