Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Cabinet - Thursday, 9th July, 2020 5.00 pm

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Items
No. Item

66.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

67.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

There were no announcements that the Chairman wished to make.

68.

Minutes

To approve the minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 19 March 2020.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting held on 19 March 2020 were confirmed as an accurate record.

69.

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.

70.

Delegated Decisions pdf icon PDF 10 KB

RECOMMENDED that the following decisions taken under the scheme of delegations be noted:

(i)                    Business Support Rent Variation Letter;

(ii)                  Local Authority Discretionary Grant Scheme

(iii)                 East Hampshire District Council – Council Tax Hardship Fund (COVID-19)

(iv)                 Consideration of the Future of the East Hampshire District Council Property (Exempt)

 

 

 

                                               

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet RESOLVED that the following Delegated Decisions be NOTED:

 

(i) Business Support Rent Variation Letter;


(ii) Local Authority Discretionary Grant Scheme


(iii) East Hampshire District Council – Council Tax Hardship Fund
(COVID-19)


(iv) Consideration of the Future of the East Hampshire District
Council Property (Exempt)

 

                                               

71.

Covid-19 Response pdf icon PDF 976 KB

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Minutes:

The Leader introduced the item and took the opportunity to thank council officers, external partners, the voluntary sector and town and parish councils for their hard work in supporting residents during the pandemic to date.

 

Cllr Matthews addressed Cabinet as the Chairman of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee in order to present the committee’s initial findings on the council’s response to Covid-19.

 

He believed that the authority had responded well and the council’s response was a credit to all involved. 

 

The review to date had focussed on areas for learning. Communication with the wider council membership and partners such as town and parish councils were felt to be areas for improvement and the significant role played by town and parish councils was something that should be highlighted. 

 

The volume of work undertaken by officers at all levels in contacting residents was applauded, however it was believed that councillors would have also been willing to undertake some of this work.

 

It was believed that car parking charges should have been suspended in light of the amount of time residents had to spend in queues outside supermarkets and a suggestion made that a database of residents email addresses should be maintained in order for the council to send out advice and important updates during times of emergency.

 

The Leader thanked the Overview & Scrutiny Committee for its work to date and would provide feedback once he had considered the submissions received.

 

Cabinet commended the work undertaken by the council and partners, with particular mention made of the council being in the top ten in the country in respect of the speed of paying support grants to businesses.

 

RESOLVED that Cabinet NOTED the:

 

(i)            Council’s response to Covid-19;

(ii)          emerging financial impact on the council budget;

(iii)         policy for the administration of the Local Authority Discretionary Grants; and

(iv)         Invited the Overview & Scrutiny Committee to consider creating a task and finish group to formulate a timeline to carry out a review of the Council’s actions in response to the pandemic.

72.

Covid-19 Recovery and Transformation pdf icon PDF 392 KB

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Minutes:

Following an introduction by the Leader, the Executive Director explained that the Leaders of East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council had collaborated in devising the vision for recovery and the report sought to agree the governance arrangements to facilitate its delivery.

 

RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

(i)            agree to the preparation of a Covid -19 Recovery and Transformation Strategy and Plan; and

 

(ii)          create a Recovery and Transformation Liaison Panel, with the terms of reference set out in Appendix B to the report.

73.

Corporate Strategy pdf icon PDF 137 KB

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Minutes:

Following an introduction by the Leader, Cabinet commended the draft Corporate Strategy and officers for being able to produce it during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

RESOLVED that Cabinet

                                   

(i)            agreed the draft Corporate Strategy 2020-24;

(ii)          noted that consideration of the consultation responses under Standing Order 56 be undertaken by the Leader; and

(iii)         agreed that the final Corporate Strategy (as reviewed by the Leader) be recommended to full Council for adoption.

74.

Climate and Environment Strategy pdf icon PDF 129 KB

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Minutes:

Cllr Butler introduced the item as the relevant Portfolio Holder.  She was very proud and pleased to present the draft strategy, which had been produced in response to the Climate Emergency declared by the council in July 2019.

 

Cabinet commended the strategy and it was RESOLVED that Cabinet:

 

(i)            approved the attached Climate and Environment Strategy 2020-2025, and

(ii)          recommended that Full Council adopts the Climate and Environment Strategy 2020-2025 as the policy framework to drive action for the Council to address the climate emergency locally in East Hampshire.

75.

2019/20 Provisional Revenue and Capital Outturn pdf icon PDF 215 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cllr Louisson introduced the item as the relevant Portfolio Holder.

 

RESOLVED that Cabinet NOTED:

 

(i)            the provisional outturn for 2019/20; and

(ii)          the proposed transfers to and from Reserves to be actioned by the Chief Finance Officer.