Issue details

Potential VAT Shortfall at the Healthy Living Centre, Chatham


This report will seek authority for the Council to make a formal undertaking to the NHS that it will make up the potential VAT shortfall in relation to the construction of the Healthy Living Centre, to which the Leader’s approval under urgency provisions is sought.


The Chief Executive will also be asked to use separate non-executive urgency provisions to agree the budgetary impact of the of the proposal. The use of these urgency provisions will be reported to Full Council on 20 July 2023 for information.


Access to Information

The report together with any other documents being considered (unless they contain exempt information) would ordinarily be available for inspection 5 clear days before the decision is taken by the Cabinet. Copies are available on the Council's website or requested from Democratic Services Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TR or email If you wish to submit information to the Cabinet about the item please also contact Democratic Services.


On this occasion it has not been possible to provide 28 clear days’ notice, nor 5 clear days’ notice, therefore Section 11 (Cases of special urgency) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements)(Meetings and Access to Information)(England) Regulations 2012 and Rule 17 (Special urgency) of the Council’s Access to Information Rules, as set out in the Constitution, have been complied with. The Chairman of the Business Support Overview and Scrutiny Committee has agreed that the taking of these decisions are urgent and cannot be reasonably deferred until the next Cabinet meeting on 11 July 2023. This is because delaying the approval of this financial commitment to the Cabinet meeting on 11 July will delay the submission by the Integrated Care Board of their Open Business Case.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 28/06/2023

Decision due: 28 Jun 2023 by Cabinet

Lead member: Councillor Naushabah Khan, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Property, Councillor Vince Maple, Leader of the Council

Lead director: Richard Hicks

Contact: David England, Head of Valuation and Asset Management Email: Tel: 01634 331117.

Relevant Overview and Scrutiny Committee:: Business Support