Agenda and draft minutes

Council - Thursday 25th February 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting Microsoft Teams

Contact: Richard Mell  Email: Richard.Mell@northlincs.gov.uk

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2761.

MAYOR'S REMARKS

Minutes:

The Mayor welcomed fellow councillors, officers and members of the public to the remote meeting of North Lincolnshire Council

2762.

DECLARATIONS OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS AND PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND SIGNIFICANT LOBBYING

Minutes:

Declarations of personal interests were indicated as follows:-

 

Councillor M Ali

Taxi Licence Holder with schools transport contract; Member of Central Community Centre

 

Councillor R Allcock

Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Management Board; Member of CPRE

 

Councillor J Briggs

Humberside Fire Authority; Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Management Board

 

Councillor P Clark

North East Lindsey Internal Drainage Board

 

Councillor J Davison

Bottesford in Bloom; Bottesford Town Council

 

Councillor J England

Scunthorpe and Gainsborough Water Management Board

 

Councillot T Ellerby

Scunthorpe and Gainsborough Water Management Board

 

Councillor T Foster

Scunthorpe and Gainsborough Water Management Board

 

Councillor R Hannigan

North East Lindsey Drainage Board

 

Councillor E Marper

Skippingdale in Bloom; Winterton Town Council

 

Councillor T Mitchell

Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Management Board; Epworth Town Council; Member of CPRE

 

Councillor R Ogg

Scunthorpe and Gainsborough Water Management Board; Skippingdale in Bloom; Winterton Town Council

 

Councillor N Poole

Scunthorpe and Gainsborogh Water Management Board

 

Councillor J Reed

Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Management Board

 

Councillor D Robinson

Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Management Board

 

Councillor D Rose

Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Management Board; CPRE Chairman North Lincolnshire and Yorkshire and Humber CPRE

 

Councillor H Rowson

Scunthorpe and Gainsborough Water Management Board; Skippingdale in Bloom; Winterton Town Council

 

Councillor N Sherwood

Humberside Fire Authority; Ancholme Internal Drainage Board; Brigg Town Council

 

Councillor K Vickers

Barton upon Humber Town Council; Friends of Baysgarth Park

 

Councillor P Vickers

Friends of Baysgarth Park

 

Councillor R Waltham MBE

Humberside Fire Authority; Brigg Town Council

 

Councillor D Wells

North East Lindsey Internal Drainage Board

2763.

BUDGET SPEECHES

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor N Poole and seconded by Councillor R  Hannigan:–

 

That in accordance with Procedure Rule D1.19(s) the Leader of the Council and the Leader of the Opposition be allowed up to 10 minutes to deliver their respective budget speeches.

Motion Carried

2764.

PERIODIC ELECTORAL REVIEW pdf icon PDF 347 KB

Minutes:

The Director: Governance and Partnerships submitted a report updating Council on progress of the periodic electoral review of North Lincolnshire being undertaken by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE), and requested members to consider the recommendations of the Electoral Review Working Group on the ‘council size’ submission to be made by Council to the LGBCE by 25 February 2021.

 

The Director explained that further to her report to Council in January 2021 on this review (minute 2748 refers), the Electoral Review Working Group had met on two further occasions to prepare and draft a submission to the LGBCE on the recommended ‘council size’ under the first phase of the review process.  An outline of the review process, with timetable, was attached at an Appendix 1. The Electoral Review Working Group’s recommended submission was attached at Appendix 2 for Council’s consideration.  The submission follows the form recommended by the LGBCE in its guidance and concluded that the appropriate ‘council size’ continued to be 43 councillors for North Lincolnshire.

 

Having submitted its ’council size’ submission to the LGBCE, the LGBCE was intending to take a ‘minded’ decision on the 16 March 2021 and would confirm this to the Council in due course. Further reports would be presented to Council as the review progressed in accordance with the timetable detailed in Appendix 1.

 

Resolved – That the recommendations of the Electoral Review Working Group on the ‘council size’ submission at Appendix 2 of the report be received, approved and adopted and be submitted formally to the LGBCE as the Council’s submission.

 

(At this point in the proceedings the Mayor requested a five minute pause to enable the Motion and Amendment referred to on the Order of Business relating to the following item to be circulated to all members by email, and to be published on the council’s website in accordance with statutory access to information requirements).

2765.

FINANCIAL STRATEGY, BUDGET 2021/2022 AND MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL PLAN 2020/24, CAPITAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY AND REVISED CAPITAL PROGRAMME 2020/2024, TREASURY MANAGEMENT STRATEGY 2021/2022 AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2021/2022 PAY POLICY STATEMENT pdf icon PDF 215 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director: Governance and Partnerships submitted reports relating to: –

 

Financial Strategy, Budget 2021/22 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2020/24;

 

Capital Investment Strategy and Capital Programme 2020/2024;

 

Treasury Management Strategy 2021/2022, and the Director: Business Development submitted the following report -

 

Implementation of the 2021/2022 Pay Policy Statement.

 

Each of the above issues were addressed within separate reports. The Council operated within legally defined powers to fulfil a range of duties through its local service offer. These included powers to raise funding to meet the costs of delivery. The Council must decide on its spending power, taking into account how much government grant, business rates it would receive and the level of Council tax it wished to set. The Council also had a legal requirement to set a balanced budget for the next financial year and a robust forecast for the medium term financial planning period. In line with the council’s ambition to be financially sustainable, a three year plan had been produced which would support the council in linking its anticipated resources over the period to its strategic direction.  It was important to note that the numbers were less certain further into the plan due to the potential structural changes to local government finance addressed in the report.

 

The costs of running local services were partly met from local taxation, and partly from government grant. The balance between local and central funding had shifted considerably over the past decade, and would continue to do so over the medium term financial planning period with a greater emphasis on local autonomy driven by a greater reliance on locally generated income. The Director in her report on the Financial Strategy, Budget 2021/22 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2020/24 addressed key issues and relevant factors with supporting appendices under the following headings: –

 

·           Local Government Finance Settlement 2021/22;

·           Future of Local Government Finance;

·           Local Strategic Context;

·           Members’ Allowances

·           Financial Strategy, and

·           Financial Resilience.

 

The Council also received a report from the Director of Governance and Partnerships seeking approval of the council’s Capital Investment Strategy and Revised Capital Programme 2020-24, which included a revised Capital Investment Programme of £127.2m. These were set out in an appendix to the report. The Capital Programme 2020/24 built upon the latest approved programme 2020/23 approved by Cabinet in February 2021 and proposed a continuation of the lifecycle maintenance requirements for core assets and infrastructure in 2023/24. Schemes worked up through the business case process and re-prioritisation requirements were reported through the Executive throughout the year.

 

The report explained that capital expenditure was a key enabler for the Council to fulfil its duties and delivery of its ambitions and Council Plan priorities. Investment in the right things could underpin and support the achievement of improved outcomes for people who live in North Lincolnshire.  Capital investment also contributed to efficiencies in the safe operation of the council and supports long-term financial sustainability.

 

Also presented for Council’s consideration and approval by the Director was the council’s Treasury Management Strategy for 2021/22.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2765.