Agenda item

2021/22 Draft Budget and 2022/23 Indicative Budget:

To consider the following minutes of Cabinet and the Overview and Scrutiny Commission in order to form the revenue budget for 2021/22 and indicative budget for 2022/23.

 

Minutes:

At the invitation of the Mayor the Chief Executive outlined the procedure under which the Draft Revenue Budget for 2021/22 and the Indicative Budget for 2022/23 would be considered by the Council.  In order to commence debate on the matter the Cabinet Member for Resources, Enterprise and Economic Development would be called upon to move Cabinet Minutes 104/20, 105/20, 117/20 and 119/20, which would then collectively become the Cabinet’s proposed Budget for the forthcoming year. 

 

For the information of Members, the Minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission held on 18 January 2021 to consider the draft budget had also been circulated with the agenda, but would not require formal receipt by the Council, in accordance with the established procedures.

 

Following the Cabinet Member’s address on the budget, Leaders of the opposition groups would then be invited, should they so wish, to address the Council in respect of the budget for the forthcoming year and, in accordance with Standing Order 13(5), the Leaders of the political groups would, if required, be permitted to exceed the normal time limit for their speech. All other Members of the Council would then have the opportunity to speak on the proposed budget.

 

In accordance with the Regulations issued in 2014 and the consequent amendment to the Council’s Standing Orders, it would be necessary for a recorded vote to be taken at the meeting on the adoption of the budget for 2021/22 and also any amendments proposed to it.

 

In the event of a budget being unable to be agreed it would be necessary for the Leader to consider the views of Council, and for a further meeting of the Council to take place on 22 February 2021 to reconsider the budget.

 

CABINET – 6 JANUARY AND 3 FEBRUARY 2021:

 

Moved by Councillor Graham Swift          Seconded by Councillor Richard Cooper

 

that:

 

Cabinet Minutes 104/20 and 105/20 of 6 January 2021; and 117/20 and 119/20 of 3 February 2021 be approved and adopted.

 

In moving the motion the Cabinet Member for Resources, Enterprise and Economic Development referred to the significant impact that COVID-19 had had on the budget setting process. The loss of business and commercial activities which raised income for the Council was expected to lead to a shortfall of £5.9 million, a proportion of which had been compensated by the Government. The Budget Transition Fund would be used to make up the balance of the shortfall. In line with the established protocol, the Group Leaders were then offered the opportunity to speak to the budget.

 

The motion was then debated by the Council.

 

As an amendment it was

 

Moved by Councillor Chris Aldred                           Seconded by Councillor Pat Marsh

 

That Cabinet Minute 117/20 be amended to

 

Insert additional Recommendation (4)

 

In recognition of the outstanding work of our frontline service staff currently on our lowest, Grade A, paygrade, council raise the budgeted target wage of Grade A staff from the budgeted level of £9.48 to £9.50 from April 2021. This additional funding is affordable as it is an additional budgeted cost of just £1200 which can be absorbed by movement in the Budget Transition Fund.

 

In addition, the Human Resources Committee, through its forthcoming work on the Peoples Strategy, review the situation found by the lowest paid employees of the Council and considers recommendations to bring these members of staff to pay levels in line with the Living Wage Foundation rate.

 

Amend existing Recommendation (1) viii)

 

The Budget Transition figure of £2,498k is therefore amended to £2,499k to take account of the new recommendation.

 

The amendment to the motion was then debated by Council.

 

An amendment to the amendment was

 

Moved by Councillor Graham Swift                Seconded by Councillor Richard Cooper

 

Insert additional Recommendation (4)

 

In recognition of the outstanding work of our frontline service staff currently on our lowest, Grade A, paygrade, council raise the budgeted target wage of Grade A staff from the budgeted level of £9.48 to £9.50 from April 2021. This additional funding is affordable as it is an additional budgeted cost of just £1200 which can be absorbed by movement in the Budget Transition Fund.

 

In addition, the Human Resources Committee, through its forthcoming work on the Peoples Strategy, review the situation found by the lowest paid employees of the Council and considers recommendations to bring these members of staff to pay levels in line with the Living Wage Foundation rate.

 

This council notes that the cost of increasing the salaries of our lowest paid workers to a new increased budgeted level of £9.5/hour is a further £1200 to council’s budget. Therefore this council will proceed to include above planned increases to this level, and adjust the budget transition fund accordingly for the General Fund cost of £1,000. The £200 cost to the Housing Revenue Account will be met from existing HRA budgets.

 

Amend existing Recommendation (1) viii)

 

The Budget Transition figure of £2,498k is therefore amended to £2,499k to take account of the new recommendation.

 

On a vote being taken on the amendment to the amendment 36 Members voted for the motion and the amendment to the amendment was therefore carried.

 

On a vote being taken on the amendment, as amended, 34 Members voted for the motion and there was one abstention and the amendment was therefore carried.

 

The Mayor then moved to the recorded vote on the adoption of Cabinet Minutes 104/20, 105/20, 117/20 and 119/20:

 

FOR:  Councillors Chris Aldred, Margaret Atkinson, Philip Broadbank, Nick Brown, Rebecca Burnett, Mike Chambers, Trevor Chapman, Jim Clark, Richard Cooper, Ed Darling, John Ennis, Sam Gibbs, Michael Harrison, Paul Haslam, Sid Hawke, Phil Ireland, Steven Jackson, Sue Lumby, Stanley Lumley, Pat Marsh, Stuart Martin, Pauline McHardy, Samantha Mearns, Zoe Metcalfe, Tim Myatt, Victoria Oldham, Andrew Paraskos, Alex Raubitschek, Matt Scott, Nigel Simms, Graham Swift, Norman Waller, Tom Watson, Matthew Webber, Christine Willoughby and Robert Windass.

 

Total:             36

 

AGAINST:  None

 

Total:             0

 

ABSTENTIONS:  None

 

Total:             0

 

The Mayor declared the Motion carried with the consequence that the possible meetings of the Cabinet and Council scheduled for 15 and 22 February respectively would not now take place.

 

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