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The minutes of the meeting held on 9 January 2019, as circulated, were approved and signed as a correct record.
2019/20 draft Portfolio Budget Proposals
To consider Portfolio Holder responses to scrutiny questions; and any further budget information provided.
The Chairman welcomed members and officers to the meeting and invited Portfolio Holders to present their reports.
o A pay rise for staff of 2% and spinal point changes have contributed to a 3% rise in establishment costs
o A better measure of our performance is not cost-based but against the Blaby Plan priorities, per capita cost does not provide a true comparison
· Is everything possible being done to maximise income opportunities?
o As part of the Commercial Strategy, we are looking to increase and maximise opportunities for income – the Depot Site being one example
o There is no aim to reduce services, where we can increase income to underpin what we do
· What are the Portfolio Holders thoughts about how the additional monies from the 75% Business Rate Retention Pilot are to be spent?
o 75% Business Rate Retention Pilot brings £400,000 into the Council to be used, as a one off, on Blaby Plan identified priorities e.g. infrastructure, cycle paths, heritage, homelessness etc.
· Is infrastructure money focused at where growth has been greatest?
o £400,000 is available for one year only and will not go a long way to resolve the infrastructure challenges that there are in the District
· Transfer and disposal to Parishes – the hand over is very slow, what is the reason for this? How will development of a strategy in 2019/20 for managing acquisitions and disposal of Council assets assist?
o Legal issues regarding the covenants, which is very difficult and time consuming process
o Large number of assets to dispose of and not a small task
o There is reduced capacity in the Assets Team given recent projects – Office Refurbishment, Memorial Garden, Relocation of the Pavilion team
· Why has there been an increased cost for the cleaning contract?
o A lot of work taking place to procure a cleaning contract which should be by Quarter 2
o The cleaning contract covers many different sites including the Council Offices, the Depot and the Leisure Centres
· The lease occupancy of the Council building – what income does this raise?
o £428,500 is raised from lease contracts - £376,000 from units in Enderby, £125,000 raised from NHS, £9,000 from the Citizens Advice Bureau
· Provide more detail on the integration and efficiencies gained? The Pilot was started in 2015 with £135,000 invested from the General Reserve Fund (Spend to Save).
o £18,000 of savings have been made to date this financial year
o Approximately £2,000 of savings have been made by reducing back office calls and providing more training to the Customer Services Team is planned
o Day to day workload reduced for the Revenues and Benefits Team
o Will continue to work to integrate the roles and continue with reviews and finish what is being done
· What is the delay in delivery and benefits of bringing together the Revenues and Benefits department?
o A business case has been proposed with suggested service improvements which will include changes to headcount in the next ... view the full minutes text for item 2.