Council decisions

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Decisions published

12/03/2019 - Full DPR - Amalgamation of Dollis Junior School and Dollis Infant School ref: 7164    Recommendations Approved

Dollis Junior School is a foundation school for children aged 7-11 and Dollis Infant School is a community school for children aged 2-7. The two schools are located next to each other on Pursley Road in Mill Hill.  The schools have run a public consultation, which lasted for six weeks from 29 October 2018 to 9 December 2018, and a representation period for which notice was given in accordance with section 19(1) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 on 10 January 2019 and ran for four weeks on a proposal to close Dollis Junior School, expand the age range of Dollis Infant School and subsequently amalgamate the two schools. Notice was published between the consultation period and the representation period.  Following the consultation and representation period, the Governing Bodies of both schools have decided to proceed with the amalgamation and the Council now needs to decide whether to approve the amalgamation of the schools.

 

Decision Maker: Strategic Director of Children and Young People

Decision published: 20/03/2019

Effective from: 12/03/2019

Wards affected: Mill Hill;


06/03/2019 - Brent Cross Cricklewood Funding and Delivery Strategy ref: 7163    Recommendations Approved

This report sets out the decision to approve the Revised Funding Agreement (RFA) with HM Government (HMG) in consultation with the Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee and having consulted members of the Assets, Regeneration and Growth and Policy and Resources Committees and to commission the second stage of works under the Implementation Agreement as delegated by the Policy and Resources Committee (P&R) on 20 February 2019.  It should be read in conjunction with the report to the Policy and Resources Committee on 20 February 2019 (“the main report of the Policy and Resources Committee”).

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 15/03/2019

Effective from: 06/03/2019

Wards affected: Childs Hill; Golders Green; West Hendon;


20/02/2019 - Q3 2018/19 Strategic Performance Report ref: 7150    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Policy and Resources Committee

Made at meeting: 20/02/2019 - Policy and Resources Committee

Decision published: 13/03/2019

Effective from: 20/02/2019

Decision:

The Committee considered the report, which provided a strategic overview of performance for Quarter 3 and risk information related to the corporate priorities in the Corporate Plan 2018/19 Addendum.

 

Following the consideration of the report, the Committee unanimously REOLVED:

 

1.    To note the Period 9 (Q3 2018/19) revenue and capital forecasts.

2.    To note the savings delivered in Period 9 (Q3 2018/19).

3.    To scrutinise the performance and risk information related to the corporate priorities in the Corporate Plan 2018/19 Addendum, including the strategic and high level service/joint risks that form the corporate risk register at Appendix A.

 


20/02/2019 - Corporate Plan, Medium Term Financial Strategy 2019/24 and Budget for 2019/20 ref: 7149    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Policy and Resources Committee

Made at meeting: 20/02/2019 - Policy and Resources Committee

Decision published: 13/03/2019

Effective from: 20/02/2019

Decision:

The Chairman introduced the report, which set out the Council’s refreshed Corporate Plan, MTFS, savings plans and capital programme.  In introducing the report, the Chairman noted:

 

-          A Supplemental addition to Appendix P which had been published and provided to Members and Members of the public.  

-          Recommendation 7 of the report should read from 18/19 to 19/20. 

Following a request from a Member Officers undertook to check if the budget as set out in the report meant that Councillor’s surgeries will no longer be funded.  (Action: Section 151 Officer

 

Commenting on the budget and reserves, the Section 151 Officer advised that his role required him to make a judgement on the ongoing position on the level of reserves.  He noted that although challenging, he felt that the current position was acceptable at this point in time but must be monitored on an ongoing basis

 

Following discussion, the Committee agreed to note the following:

 

-          To note that in relation to STR035 in the Corporate Risk Register on “Failure of third party pension administrator meeting standards” that LB Barnet has been called in by The Pensions Regulator following successive failures by Capita CSG to manage the Council’s Pension Fund properly.

-          To request the Chief Executive to undertake that the administration of the Pension Fund be reviewed the and the phasing be bought forward. (Action: Chief Executive)

Following discussion, Officers undertook to include the following detail in the Environment Committee report in March 2019:

 

-          Noting the Government’s Consultation on Consistency in Household and Business Recycling Collections in England suggesting all households should have weekly separate food waste collections.

-          A London Borough of Barnet  response to the Government consultation  on separate weekly food waste collections.  (Action: Strategic Director for Environment)

 

The Chairman moved to recommendations as set out in report.  Votes were recorded as follows:

 

For

7

Against

5

Abstentions

0

 

 

RESOLVED that Committee:

 

 

1.    Recommend to Council approval of the Corporate Plan 2019-2024, as attached at Appendix A;

 

2.    Approve the Policy and Resources Committee Delivery Plan for 2019/20 attached at Appendix P;

 

3.    Consider the issues that have emerged from the consultation when making their decisions. The committee make the decisions below also being mindful of the equalities impact assessments including the cumulative equalities impact assessments;

 

4.    Recommend to Council for approval the MTFS attached as Appendix B and the detailed revenue budgets in Appendices D1 and D2. The MTFS sets out all of the budget changes over the period 2019-24, including assumptions around inflation, changes to levies, pressures, savings and grant funding. It is the model around which the council’s financial strategy is based;

 

5.    Recommend to Council that the budget for 2019/20 is prepared on the basis of an increase of 2.99% general Council Tax in 2019/20;

 

6.    Recommend to Council the resolutions relating to Council Tax contained within Appendix C – Council Tax Resolutions;

 

7.    Recommend to Council, on the advice of the Chief Finance Officer, that it determines that the council’s basic amount of Council Tax for 2019/20 as set out in Council Tax resolution (Appendix C) 2(iv) is not excessive in accordance with the principles approved under section 52ZB and 52ZC of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, set out in the Referendums relating to Council Tax increases (Principles)(England) Report 2019/20

 

8.    Recommend to Council that in accordance with Section 38(2) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 the Chief Executive be instructed to place a notice in the local press of the amounts set under recommendation 5 above within a period of 21 days following the Council’s decision;

 

9.    Approve the proposed changes to the premium charged against Council Tax on long-term empty properties as set out in paragraphs 1.5.29-1.5.32;

 

10.Recommend to Council for approval the capital programme as set out in Appendix F1 and F2, and that the Chief Officers be authorised to take all necessary actions for implementation;

 

11.Approves the changes to the existing Capital Programme in relation to slippage and deletions as set out in paragraph 1.5.98 and Appendix E;

 

12. Approves the changes to the existing Capital Programme in relation to additions as set out in paragraphs 1.5.99 to 1.5.113;

 

13.Recommend to Council that the Chief Finance Officer be authorised to adjust capital project budgets and financing in 2019/20 throughout the capital programme after the 2018/19 accounts are closed and the amount of slippage and budget carry forward required are known;

 

14.Recommend to Council the approval of the Capital Strategy as set out in Appendix K;

 

15.Recommend to Council the approval of the Treasury Management Strategy for 2019/20 as set out in Appendix L;

 

16. Recommend to Council the approval of the following in relation to the Housing Revenue Account:

a)    The proposed rent decrease by 1% for council dwellings as set out in paragraph 1.7.3 to take effect from 1 April 2019;

b)   The proposed increase to service charges for council dwellings as set out in paragraph 1.7.7 to take effect from 1 April 2019; and,

c)    The proposed rent increase of 3.1% for council garages as set out in paragraph 1.7.7 to take effect from 1 April 2019.

 

17. Recommend to Council the approval of the draft Schools Budget of £335.395m for 2019-20 as per paragraph 1.5.56;

 

18. Approve draft Post 16 Funding of £5.417m;

 

19.Recommend to Council that any changes to the Schools Budget reasonably required as a result of the final 2019/20 DSG and Post-16 settlement are delegated for decisions to the Strategic Director – Children & Young People in consultation with the Director of Finance;

 

20.Note the Adults, Children’s and Environment fees and charges that were approved at their relevant Theme Committee as detailed in Appendix H;

 

21. Note the summary equality impact assessment (EIA) and cumulative assessment set out in section 5.6. Appendix J provides the cumulative impact and individual Delivery Unit assessments;

 

22. Recommend to Council approval of the reserves and balances policy as set out in Appendix M and indicative amounts as set out in paragraph1.5.73 and the Director of Finance’s assessment of adequacy of General Fund Balances in section 1.5.81. The Committee recommend to Council that the Director of Finance is authorised to adjust balances in 2019/20 after 2018/19 accounts are closed and the amount of balances carry forward required are known;

 

23. Approve the underlying Financial strategy of the Council as set out in the paragraph 1.5.1;

 

24. Approves the bad debt write offs as set out in section 1.10;

 

25. Approve the budget movements as set out in paragraphs 1.5.14 and 1.9.5 to 1.9.8, and;

 

26. Notes the corporate risk register and recommend it to Council as set out in Appendix O.

 

 


20/02/2019 - Brexit Preparedness ref: 7148    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Policy and Resources Committee

Made at meeting: 20/02/2019 - Policy and Resources Committee

Decision published: 13/03/2019

Effective from: 20/02/2019

Decision:

 

 

The Chairman introduced the report, which set out the Council’s approach for identifying and mitigating potential risks and opportunities arising from Brexit

 

Councillor Barry Rawlings MOVED the following motion which was SECONDED by Councillor Alan Schneiderman:

 

“That the Committee agrees to schedule and hold regular meetings of the Local Strategic Partnership to respond to the developing Brexit situation and its impact on Barnet.”

 

Votes were recorded as follows:

 

For

5

Against

7

Abstentions

0

 

The motion was declared LOST.

 

The Chairman moved to the recommendation as set out in the report.

 

It was unanimously RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the Committee considers the potential implications of the UK leaving the European Union for Barnet, and notes the action being taken to respond.

 


20/02/2019 - Committee Forward Work Programme ref: 7151    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Policy and Resources Committee

Made at meeting: 20/02/2019 - Policy and Resources Committee

Decision published: 13/03/2019

Effective from: 20/02/2019

Decision:

The Committee considered the Forward Work Programme, as set out in the report.

 

RESOLVED that the Committee note the Forward Work Programme.


20/02/2019 - Absence of Members ref: 7147    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Policy and Resources Committee

Made at meeting: 20/02/2019 - Policy and Resources Committee

Decision published: 13/03/2019

Effective from: 20/02/2019

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Arjun Mittra, who was substituted for by Councillor Geof Cooke.

 

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Ross Houston, who was substituted for by Councillor Alan Schneiderman. 


20/02/2019 - Minutes of last meeting ref: 7146    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Policy and Resources Committee

Made at meeting: 20/02/2019 - Policy and Resources Committee

Decision published: 13/03/2019

Effective from: 20/02/2019

Decision:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting dated 11 December 2018 be agreed as a correct record.


11/02/2019 - DPR - Contract Award for Care and Support Services at Wood Court Extra Care Scheme ref: 7152    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director of Adults, Communities and Health

Decision published: 04/03/2019

Effective from: 11/02/2019

Wards affected: Burnt Oak;