Agenda and draft minutes

Budget Meeting, Council
Thursday, 27th February, 2020 2.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Gateshead Civic Centre

Contact: Mike Aynsley 

Items
No. Item

CL79

Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget Setting and Housing Capital Programme pdf icon PDF 141 KB

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Consideration was given to the HRA budget for 2019/20, the proposed rent changes, HRA fees and charges and the proposed Housing Capital Programme for the next five years.

 

COUNCIL RESOLVED  -  

(i)

That the Housing Revenue Account, as set out in Appendix 2, including the Gateshead Housing Company management fee, the repairs and maintenance budget and savings be approved.

 

 

(ii)

That the 2.7% rent increase from 6 April 2020, as detailed at Appendix 3, be approved.

 

 

(iii)

That the HRA fees and charges, as detailed in Appendix 4, be approved.

 

 

(iv)

That the Housing Capital Programme for the five years 2020/21 to 2024/25, as set out in Appendix 5, be approved.

 

CL80

Capital Programme 2020/21 to 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 127 KB

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Consideration was given to the Capital Programme for the next five years to provide significant levels of strategic investment to help maintain and deliver financial sustainability and support the Council’s strategic approach to Making Gateshead a Place Where Everyone Thrives.

 

COUNCIL RESOLVED  -

(i)

That the capital programme for 2020/21, and the provisional programmes for 2021/22 to 2024/25, as set out in Appendix 2, subject to external funding approvals being received, be approved.

 

 

(ii)

That the provisional capital financing for the programme, as set out in Appendix 3, be noted and authority be delegated to the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital to enter prudential borrowing which is consistent with the requirements of the Capital Programme and the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy.

 

CL81

Fees & Charges 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 30 KB

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Consideration was given to the level of fees and charges for the Council for 2020/21.

 

COUNCIL RESOLVED  -

(i)

That the fees and charges as set out for 2020/21 in Appendix 2 be approved.

 

 

(ii)

That the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital, be authorised to make any necessary adjustments to correct any errors in the schedule of Fees and Charges.

 

CL82

Budget and Council Tax Level 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

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Consideration was given to the Budget and Council Tax level for 2020/21. As part of the Council Tax setting process approval was also sought for the prudential indicators and Minimum Revenue Provision Statement.

 

In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 20.4, a recorded vote was taken as follows:

 

Councillors for the Recommendation:-

J Adams, D Bradford, M Brain, C Buckley, D Burnett, L Caffrey, M Charlton, B Clelland, C Davison, W Dick, S Dickie, K Dodds, C Donovan, A Douglas, J Eagle, K Ferdinand, M Foy, S Gallagher, M Gannon, A Geddes, F Geddes, J Gibson, B Goldsworthy, M Goldsworthy, T Graham, S Green, L Green, G Haley, M Hall, M Hood, H Haran, H Kelly, L Kirton, K McCartney, J McElroy, E McMaster, R Mullen, B Oliphant, R Oxberry, J Reay, S Ronchetti, J Simpson, R Waugh, A Wheeler, K Wood

 

Councillors Against the Recommendation:-

V Anderson, R Beadle, P Craig, S Craig, P Diston, D Duggan, S Hawkins, P Maughan, J McClurey, K McClurey, C Ord, M Ord, I Patterson, J Wallace

 

COUNCIL RESOLVED:

 

(1)

That Gateshead’s Band D council tax for 2020/21 is increased by 3.99% (including a 2% adult social care Government charge) to £1,823.91.

 

(2)

The revenue estimates of £220.761 million for 2020/21 be approved.

 

(3)

That the budgeted use of £2.498 million Earmarked Reserves in 2020/21 be approved, together with the £0.533m previously agreed in the 2019/20 budget report which takes the total use of reserves to £3.031 million.

 

(4)

That the indicative schools funding presented in Appendix 2 be agreed.

 

(5)

That the conclusions of the Strategic Director, Resources and Digital in respect of the robustness of budget estimates and adequacy of reserves be noted.

 

(6)

That the prudential and treasury indicators set out in Appendix 6 be agreed.

 

(7)

That the method of calculating the Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) for 2020/21 as set out in Appendix 7 be approved.

 

(8)

That the priority investment and savings included in the budget in Appendix 2 be agreed.

 

(9)

That the outcome of budget consultation outlined in Appendix 3 be noted.

 

(10)

That it be noted that at its meeting on 21 January 2020, Cabinet agreed the following amounts for the year 2020/21 in accordance with regulations made under Section 31B (3) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended by the Localism Act 2011:-

 

 

(a)  52,453.6 being the amount calculated by the Council, in accordance with  

       regulation 3 of the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base)   

       (England) Regulations 2012, as its Council Tax base for the year;

 

 

(b)  1,213.1 for Lamesley Parish being the amount calculated by the Council 

       in accordance with regulation 6 of the Regulations, as the amount of its

       Council Tax base for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to   

       which special items relate.

 

(11)

That the following amounts be now calculated by the Council for the year 2020/21 in accordance with Sections 31A, 31B and 34 to 36 of the Local Government Finance  ...  view the full minutes text for item CL82