Agenda and minutes

Council - Thursday, 24 February 2022 7.00pm

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Contact: Wayne Hemingway, Head of Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

699.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Adeoye, Carr, Mahil, McDonald and Thompson.

700.

Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Other Significant Interests pdf icon PDF 371 KB

Members are invited to disclose any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests in accordance with the Member Code of Conduct.  Guidance on this is set out in agenda item 2.

 

Minutes:

Disclosable pecuniary interests

 

There were none.

 

Other significant interests (OSIs)

 

Councillor Doe declared an OSI in any references to Kyndi Ltd and Medway Development Company Ltd (MDC) because he is the Chairman of both companies. He relied on a dispensation granted by the Councillor Conduct Committee to enable him to take part in any discussions and votes thereon.

 

Councillor Gulvin declared an OSI in any reference to Medway Development Company Ltd (MDC) he is a Board Member of MDC. He relied on a dispensation granted by the Councillor Conduct Committee to enable him to take part in any discussions and votes thereon.

 

Other interests

 

Councillor Hackwell declared an interest in agenda item 9 (Capital and Revenue Budgets 2022/23) because his wife is a part time tutor for Medway Adult Education, however, having considered the advice of the Monitoring Officer, he stated that he would take part in any discussions thereon.

 

The Worshipful the Mayor of Medway stated that she had been advised by the Monitoring Officer that with regards to agenda item 9 (Capital and Revenue Budgets 2022/23), a personal and potentially financial interest regarding pay for some officers should be recorded in the minutes on behalf of any officers present affected by the proposals.

701.

Record of meeting pdf icon PDF 548 KB

To approve the record of the meeting held on 20 January 2022.

Minutes:

The record of the meeting held on 20 January 2022 was agreed by the Council and signed by The Worshipful The Mayor of Medway as correct.

702.

Mayor's announcements

Minutes:

The Worshipful The Mayor of Medway announced that Alderman Baker had recently suffered a heart attack and was currently in hospital. On behalf of all Members, the Mayor wished him a speedy recovery.

 

The Mayor proposed to suspend Council Rule 11.1.1 in respect of time limits on speeches in relation to agenda item 9 (Capital and Revenue Budgets 2022/23) to allow oneMember from each Group to speak for an unlimited time. The normal time limits would then apply. This was agreed.

703.

Leader's announcements

Minutes:

There were none. 

704.

Council Strategy and Council Plan Refresh 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 197 KB

This report proposes adoption of the Council Strategy 2022/23 and the Council Plan 2022/23, with the intention being to implement the proposed changes from April 2022.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Background:

 

This report provided details of the Council Plan refresh, which was the delivery plan which set out the measures that would be used to track performance against the Council’s key priorities, as set out in the Council Strategy.

 

The report had initially been considered by the Business Support Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 25 January 2022, the comments of which were set out at section 5 of the report. An officer response to these comments was set out at section 6 of the report. The report had subsequently been considered by the Cabinet on 8 February 2022, the outcome of which was set out at section 7.

 

A Diversity Impact Assessment had been undertaken on the proposals, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Resources, Councillor Gulvin, supported by the Portfolio Holder for Inward Investment, Strategic Regeneration and Partnerships, Councillor Rodney Chambers OBE, proposed the recommendations set out in the report.

 

Decision:

 

a)    The Council noted the comments of the Business Support Overview and Scrutiny Committee, set out in section 5 of the report, the officer responses, set out at section 6 to the report and the decisions of the Cabinet, set out in section 7 of the report.

 

b)    The Council agreed to adopt the refreshed Council Strategy and Council Plan measures as set out in Appendices 1 and 2 to the report respectively, noting that the Council Plan included the revised measures set out at paragraphs 8.1 and 8.2 to the report.

705.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 153 KB

This report requests that the Council adopts the Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2022/23, based on the twelve proposed changes to the existing scheme.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Background:

 

This report provided details of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) 2022 to 2023 and asked the Council to adopt the revised scheme.

 

The report stated that the cost of the CTRS in 2022/23 based upon the current caseload was estimated to be £12.555m and that there were 12 proposed changes to the scheme. The report also set out the results of the public consultation that had been undertaken in relation to the proposed changes. The majority of respondents had been in favour of each of the proposed changes.

 

The report had been considered by the Business Support Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 25 January 2022 and by the Cabinet on 8 February 2022, details of which were set out in sections 4 and 5 of the report respectively.

 

A Diversity Impact Assessment had been undertaken on the proposals, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report.

 

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme, as set out in Appendix 4 to the report, was included in Supplementary Agenda No.1.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Business Management, Councillor Hackwell, supported by the Portfolio Holder for Resources, Councillor Gulvin, proposed the recommendations set out in the report.

 

Decision:

 

a)    The Council noted the comments of the Business Support Overview and Scrutiny Committee, as set out in section 4 of the report and the decisions of the Cabinet, as set out at section 5 of the report.

 

b)    The Council agreed to adopt the Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2022/23, as set out in Appendix 5 to the report, based on the twelve proposed changes to the existing scheme.

 

c)    The Council agreed the cessation of the risk-based verification policy, as set out in paragraph 3.1.8 to the report.

706.

Treasury Management Strategy 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 141 KB

This report presents the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy for the 2022/23 financial year. The Treasury Management Strategy incorporates within it the Treasury Management Policy Statement, Annual Investment Strategy and Minimum Revenue Provision Policy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Background:

 

This report provided details of the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy for the 2022/23 financial year. The Strategy had been prepared in line with CIPFA’s Local Authority Treasury Management Code, and set out the Council’s borrowing requirement and strategy, its strategy in respect of investments and details of the Council’s current portfolio position. It also provided details of the prudential and treasury indicators that would be used to monitor and measure treasury performance.

 

The report had been considered by the Audit Committee (4 January 2022) and Cabinet (8 February 2022), comments of which were set out in paragraphs 4 and 5 of the report.

 

A Diversity Impact Assessment had been undertaken on the Strategy as set out in Appendix B to the report.

 

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Jarrett, supported by the Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Services, Councillor Doe, proposed the recommendations set out in the report.

 

Decision:

 

a)    The Council noted the comments from the Audit Committee, as set out at section 4 of the report and the decisions of the Cabinet, as set out at section 5 of the report.

 

b)    The Council approved the Treasury Management Strategy 2022/23, as set out in Appendix A to the report.

707.

Capital and Revenue Budgets 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 328 KB

This report sets out Cabinet’s proposals for the capital and revenue budgets for 2022/23. In accordance with the Constitution, Council is required to approve the capital and revenue budgets, rent increases and council tax for 2022/23.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Background:

 

Ahead of discussion of the agenda item, the Council held a minute’s silence in memory of all those in Medway who had lost their lives as a result of Covid-19.

 

This report provided details of the revenue and capital budget proposals for 2022/23.

 

The Cabinet had considered initial budget proposals on 16 November 2021. On 15 December 2021 the Government had published the provisional local government settlement, with details of the funding announcements and their impact on Medway Council’s budget being set out in a report considered by the Cabinet on 11 January 2022.

 

In accordance with the budget and policy framework rules within the Constitution, the Overview and Scrutiny Committees had then considered the Cabinet’s proposals prior to Cabinet’s consideration of the draft budget on 8 February 2022.

 

An addendum report which provided details of a change to the schedule of Parish Council precepts, and associated changes to the Council Tax resolution and bandings, had been circulated separately to the main agenda.

 

It was noted that an overarching Diversity Impact Assessment, as set out in Appendix 12 to the report, summarised the results of Diversity Impact Assessments. These had been completed for each of the services affected by the proposed budget changes.

 

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Jarrett, supported by the Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Services, Councillor Doe, proposed the following recommendations, as amended from those set out in section 24 of the report:

 

The Council is asked to approve the following recommendations with the revisions highlighted in bold text as set out below:

 

a)      Approve the recommendations of Employment Matters Committee on 2 February 2022 as set out in paragraphs 9.4 and 9.5 of the original report and agree:

 

1)  That £1,090,850 is allocated for pay awards;

2)  To delegate to the Head of Paid Service the authority to agree the competency-based awards for staff assessed under MedPay at Levels 1A, 1B and 2; and

3)  To delegate authority to the Head of Paid Service in consultation with the Leader, to agree a mechanism to distribute the pay award so that lower paid staff receive a higher proportion of the award.

 

b)      Delegate to the Head of Paid Service in consultation with the Leader the authority to agree how the 2022/23 pay award for colleagues is allocated including determining the proportions of the 2% pay award to be paid in respect of the Cost of Living increase / MedPay performance related pay as set out in paragraphs 9.4 and 24.4 of the original report and increase the minimum rate for Medway Council staff to £10 per hour.

 

c)   Approve the general fund gross, income and net revenue estimates as summarised in Appendix 1, to the report in the sum of £351,025.million plus the following additions and savings:

 

1)  £1,140,683 to fund the additional 1% uplift and the impact of setting the minimum hourly rate at £10 per hour;

2)  £95,000 to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee;

3)  £121,000 for Child Friendly  ...  view the full minutes text for item 707.

708.

Pay Policy Statement 2022/2023 pdf icon PDF 131 KB

This report sets out the Pay Policy Statement for the financial year 2022/2023, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, for approval, following initial consideration by the Employment Matters Committee on 2 February 2022.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Background:

 

This report provided details of the Pay Policy Statement (PPS) for the financial year 2022/23 in accordance with the Localism Act 2011. It was noted that the PPS must be approved by a resolution of Full Council before it came into force and had to be prepared and approved before 31 March 2022 for the following financial year.

 

The report had been considered by the Employment Matters Committee on 2 February 2022, details of which were set out in section 6 of the report.

 

A Diversity Impact Assessment had been carried out on the PPS, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report.

 

The Chairman of the Employment Matters Committee, Councillor Fearn supported by the Portfolio Holder for Resources, Councillor Gulvin, proposed the recommendations as set out in the report.

 

Decision:

 

The Council approved the Pay Policy Statement 2022/2023, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report.

709.

Planning Applications - Review of the Deadline for the Receipt of Representations pdf icon PDF 117 KB

This report sets out a review of the current arrangements and sets out proposals for changing the deadline for the submission of representations in respect of planning applications prior to meetings of the Planning Committee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Background:

 

The report set out a review of the current arrangements and set out proposals for changing the deadline for the submission of representations in respect of planning applications prior to meetings of the Planning Committee.

 

This report had initially been considered by the Planning Committee on 12 January 2022 and its comments were set out at section 7 to the report.

 

The Chairman of the Planning Committee, Councillor Mrs Diane Chambers, supported by the Portfolio Holder for Planning, Economic Growth and Regulation, Councillor Chitty, proposed the recommendations as set out in the report.

 

Decision:

 

The Council approved the changes to the Planning Code of Good Practice, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, with these changes to take effect starting with the Planning Committee scheduled to take place on 6 April 2022.