Agenda and minutes

General Purposes Committee - Thursday, 15th July, 2021 5.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre, St Luke's Avenue, Harrogate HG1 2AE. This meeting will be livestreamed here: (Copy and paste the link into your browser)

Contact: Charles Casey - Democratic Services Officer  Tel: (01423) 500600 Email:

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Apologies for Absence and Notification of Substitutes:


9/21 – APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND NOTIFICATION OF SUBSTITUTES: Notification had been received that Councillor Richard Cooper was to act as substitute for Councillor Nick Brown. Apologies had been received from Councillors Pauline McHardy and Norman Waller.


(5.30 pm)


Declarations of Interest:

Members to advise of any declarations of interest.


10/21 – DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST: There were no declarations of interest made at the meeting.

(5.30 pm)


Minutes: pdf icon PDF 212 KB

of the meeting of the Committee held on Thursday 17 June 2021.


11/21 – MINUTES: The Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 17 June 2021 were approved as a correct record.


(Five Members voted for and there were two abstentions.)

(5.31 pm)



Exempt Information:

To determine whether to exclude the press and public during the consideration of any exempt information items.


12/21 – EXEMPT INFORMATION: There was no exempt information.


(5.31 pm)


Public Arrangements - Questions:

To consider any questions under Standing Order 27.


13/21 – PUBLIC ARRANGEMENTS – QUESTIONS: There were no public questions to consider under Standing Order 27.

(5.32 pm)


Parliamentary Boundary Review: pdf icon PDF 385 KB

The Democratic Services Manager to submit a written report.

Additional documents:




14/21 – PARLIAMENTARY BOUNDARY REVIEW: The Democratic Services Manager submitted a written report which sought to inform Members of the Boundary Commission for England’s initial proposals for new parliamentary constituency boundaries.


The report outlined the reasons for the Boundary Commission for England’s (the BCE) review of UK Parliamentary Boundaries. Paragraph 4.18 set out the proposals for the Harrogate District and Appendices 1 – 4 contained maps that visually demonstrated the proposed changes to the current wards.




That    (1) the Commission’s initial proposals as set out at paragraph 4.18 of the

report be noted; and


(2) Members could respond individually to the proposals on the Boundary Commission for England’s website.


(5.32 pm to 5.41 pm)




Medium Term Financial Strategy 2022/23 to 2026/27 reporting timetable: pdf icon PDF 214 KB

The Head of Finance to submit a written report.


15/21 – MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL STRATEGY 2022/23 TO 2026/27 REPORTING TIMETABLE: The Financial Services Manager submitted a written report which set out a proposed revised timetable for the production and publication of the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) for 2022/23 to 2023/24. The revised timetable was set out at paragraph 5.5 of the report.


The Financial Services Manager explained that completion of the MTFS had been delayed following implementation of recommendations of the independent Redmond Review into the effectiveness of external audit and transparency of financial reporting for this period. By delaying the consideration of the MTFS by two months it would also allow full consideration of the Governments decision on Local Government Reorganisation, expected in July 2021, and enable a complete financial outlook to be presented to Council.




That   (1) That the Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2022/23 to 2026/27 be produced in line with the revised timetable shown in paragraph 5.5.


 (5.32 pm to 5.41 pm)