Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny of the Administration's Budget Proposals - Wednesday, 22nd January, 2020 5.30 p.m.

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Venue: Council Chamber - Council Offices, Narborough

Contact: Linda McBean  0116 272 7708

Items
No. Item

1.

Consider notes of the previous meeting held on the 15 January 2020 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on the 15 January 2020, as circulated, were approved and signed as a correct record.

2.

2020/21 Draft Portfolio Budget Proposals pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To consider Portfolio Holder responses to scrutiny questions including any updates from the Strategic Director (Section 151 Officer).

 

PLEASE REFER TO PUBLISHED BUDGET PAPERS 15 JANUARY 2020

 

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed members and officers to the meeting and invited Portfolio Holders to respond to scrutiny questions submitted prior to the meeting. 

 

Written responses for each Portfolio are attached with the minutes.

 

Additional questions raised:

 

1.     What other commercial streams or plans do you have to bring more money in to the council.

 

The Commercial Strategy action plan outlines the Council’s plans,  going forward looking at property investment. 

2.     Investing in Small Business Units, what’s happening?  

 

A programme of work is planned to look at income growth and respond to market need which is currently saying businesses want less expensive units.

 

3.     Who advises the Council on IT security? 

Advice comes from our ICT Partnership in terms of procurement and specifications - firewalls etc.  Risks have also been explored through independent experts, nothing is totally fool proof but confident.

 

4.     With the growth of new Lubbesthorpe what is the forecast need for refuse lorries and staff requirements? 

A number of factors are taken into account for example - waste tonnage collected,  round length, new property data.  Based on current trajectory would anticipate approximately 2 years before additional rounds and staff resource is required.

5.     Is there potential to expand the MOT service?

Permit requirements do not allow the Council to provide an MOT service to the public.   Additional income will come from our brake testing service which is to be offered to neighbouring local authorities shortly.

 

6.     Is there a cost to the Council of Primary Care Network (PCN) Pilot?

 

Yes, resource worker costs for 10 pilot interventions.  Review of the pilot will look at where savings have been made including the difference made to those being supported and in terms of early identification, intervention and prevention.

 

7.     Are their age restrictions on using Disabled Facilities Grant for children?

 

There is no restriction for children. Adult applications are means tested.

 

8.     Do large scale developments and garden villages increase the ability to deliver more affordable homes? 

Every opportunity is taken, as well as looking at demand data and statistics we also look at the wider picture to see what other benefits can be achieved including the diversity of affordable housing.

 

9.     What is £20k East Midlands Homes contribution for? 

The contribution from EMH for a housing support worker is reviewed annually.

 

10.  The Council’s Strategy refers to 2 garden villages is this still the case?

Yes.

 

11. Is the Portfolio Holder happy that the 5 year land supply will be met? 

Yes, currently the Council’s land supply is 7.3 which is brilliant.

 

An update was provided on various potential future costs which are being considered for the coming financial year and therefore included in the draft budget:

·       Additional resource for Neighbourhood Services

·       Housing Services Review

·       Resource to support digitalisation

·       Expenditure to Support the Green Agenda

The Chairman thanked the Portfolio Holders and Officers for the comprehensive information and responses provided.  Scrutiny Members would formulate a response at its meeting on 27 January for Scrutiny Commission consideration on 5 February  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

Date of the next meeting - Monday 27 January 2020 in the Council Chamber

All Non-Executive Members.