Agenda and minutes

Budget, Council
Wednesday, 2nd March, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Oldham, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL

Contact: Liz Drogan 

Items
No. Item

1.

To receive apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Akhtar, Chauhan, Hulme, A Hussain, Ibrahim, Iqbal, Leach, C Phythian and Williamson.

2.

To receive declarations of interest in any matter to be determined at the meeting

Minutes:

Councillor Garry declared a disclosable pecuniary interest at Item 4 by virtue of her husband’s employment with Greater Manchester Police.

Councillor Chris Gloster declared an other interest at Item 4 by virtue of his being a member of the Unity Partnership Board.

Councillor Jabbar declared an other interest at Item 4 by virtue of his being a member of the Unity Partnership Board.

Councillor Hamblett declared an other registerable interest at Item 4 in relation to MioCare, by virtue of being a Council nominee on the Board.

Councillor S Bashforth declared an other registerable interest at Item 4 in relation to MioCare, by virtue of being Chair of the Board.

Councillor Roberts declared an other registerable interest at Item 4 as a Trustee of Positive Steps.

Councillor Birch declared two other registerable interests at Item 4 as a Trustee of Positive Steps and Chair of the Learning Disability Partnership Board.

Councillor Malik declared an other registerable interest at Item 4 as a Board Member of Positive Steps.

Councillor Shuttleworth declared two other registerable interests at Item 4 as a Board Member of Positive Steps and a Board member of Unity Partnership.

 

3.

To receive communications relating to the business of the Council

Minutes:

The Mayor made reference to events currently taking place in the Ukraine and the lives lost during this conflict and asked Members to stand for a minute silence in memory of those lives lost.

 

The Council held a minute’s silence in memory of those lost.

4.

To note the minutes of the Budget Cabinet Meeting held on 14th February 2022 and to consider the recommendations of Cabinet in relation to the Budget for 2022/23 and further to the following attached reports pdf icon PDF 341 KB

  1. To note the Minutes of the Budget Cabinet Meeting held on the 14 February 2022 and to consider the recommendations of Cabinet in relation to the Budget for 2022/23 further to the following attached reports:

 

a)    Housing Revenue Account Estimates for 2022/23 to 2026/27 and Proposed Outturn for 2021/22

b)    Capital Strategy and Capital Programme 2022/23 to 2026/27

c)    Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2022/23

d)    Statement of the Chief Financial Officer on Reserves, Robustness of Estimates and Affordability and Prudence of Capital Investments

e)    Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2022/23

f)     Revenue Budget 2022/23

g)    Medium Term Financial Strategy 2022/23 to 2026/27

h)    Liberal Democrats Budget Amendment Proposals 2022/23

i)     Conservatives Budget Amendment Proposals 2022/23

And if thought fit, pass the following resolutions:

  1. That it be noted that on 24 January 2022, the following amounts were approved by the Cabinet as the Council's Council Tax Base for the financial year 2022/23:

 

a)    57,450 for the whole Council area [Item T in the formula in Section 31B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as amended (the "Act")

b)    8,833 for dwellings in the Saddleworth Parish area to which a Parish precept relates

c)    5,548 for dwellings in the Shaw and Crompton Parish area to which a Parish precept relates

 

  1. That the Council Meeting approve the Council Tax Requirement for the Council’s own purposes for 2022/23 (excluding Parish precepts) as being £102,932,016

 

  1. That the following amounts be calculated by the Council for the year 2022/23 in accordance with sections 31A to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:

a) £636,570,589

being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in section 31A(2) of the Act taking into account any Precepts for the Saddleworth and Shaw & Crompton Parish areas

 

b) £533,324,589

being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in section 31A(3) of the Act.

 

c) £103,246,000

being the amount by which the aggregate at 3(a) above exceeds the aggregate at 3(b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with section 31A(4) of the Act, as its Council Tax Requirement for the year (Item R in the formula in Section 31B of the Act).

 

d) £1,797.15

 

being the amount at 3(c) above, all divided by Item T (1(a) above), calculated by the Council, in accordance with section 31B of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the year (including Parish precepts).

 

e) £313,984

being the aggregate amount of all special items referred to in section 34(1) of the Act, being the Saddleworth and Shaw & Crompton Parish precepts.

 

f) £1,791.68

being the amount at 3(d) above less the result given by dividing the amount at 3(e) above by the amount by Item T (1(a) above), calculated by the Council, in accordance with section 34(2) of the Act, as the basic amount of its council tax for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which no special item relates.

 

g) £1,815.99

Saddleworth  ...  view the full agenda text for item 4.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Mayor requested and it was RESOLVED that Council Procedure Rule 14 (Rules of Debate) be suspended to enable the Leader of the Council to exceed the time limit for her contribution in moving the Administration Budget to 15 minutes with a 30 second extension and the seconder Councillor Jabbar 6 minutes, the Deputy Leaders of the Main Opposition Groups in moving the opposition budget, a time limit of 7 minutes 30 seconds if required, with a right of reply of 6 mins, those Members seconding the main opposition budgets a time limit of 4 minutes and the Minority opposition 4 minutes in moving and seconding the amendment with 4 minutes right of reply. All other speakers would be limited to 4 minutes.

 

The Mayor requested and it was RESOLVED to amend the order of business in the summons to enable the debate on the amendments to take place after the moving and seconding the Administration budget in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12.4 (c). The order of business would be, Item 4 (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (g) then Items 4(f), (h), (i) and the minority opposition amendment.

 

The Mayor informed members that regulations had been implemented which required recorded votes on specific decision at the Budget Council meeting.  Members would be advised when a recorded vote was required.

 

Prior to the consideration of the Budget Proposals, the Mayor asked the Council to note the draft minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 14th February 2022.

 

On a vote being taken, the recommendation was CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 14th February 2022 be noted.

 

a)            Housing Revenue Account Estimates for 2021/22 to 2025/26

 

      Councillor Roberts MOVED and Councillor Jabbar SECONDED a joint report which set out for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA), the detailed budget estimates for 2022/23, the strategic estimates for the four years 2023/24 through to 2026/27 and outturn estimate for 2021/22. The report also set out the recommended dwelling, nondwelling rents and service and concierge charges to be applied from April 2022.

      The report set out the HRA proposed 2022/23 original budget and the forecast outturn for 2021/22. The opportunity was also taken to present the provisional strategic budgets for 2023/24 through to 2026/27.

Members were informed that HRA activities were a key element of the Council’s Housing Strategy (approved by Council on 10 July 2019) which aimed to provide a diverse Oldham housing offer that was attractive and met the needs of different sections of the population at different stages of their lives.

      After taking all relevant issues into account, the projected financial position for 2021/22 was estimated to be a £4.828m positive variance when compared to the original budget forecast for 2021/22 approved at the Budget Council meeting, 4 March 2021. Of this variance, £1.756m was attributable to a higher than anticipated brought forward balance from 2020/21 and the remaining £3.072m was as a result of the re-profiling of HRA funded capital schemes  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.