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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Delyn Committee Room, County Hall, Mold CH7 6NA

Contact: Sharon Thomas 01352 702324  Email: sharon.b.thomas@flintshire.gov.uk

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No. Item

52.

Declarations of Interest (Including Whipping Declarations)

Decision:

No declarations of interest were made.

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

53.

BUDGET CONSULTATION FOR 2015/16- HOUSING REVENUE ACCOUNT (HRA) pdf icon PDF 32 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the presentation be noted.

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed the contributors to the meeting.

 

The Leader outlined the budget consultation process to date, which included briefing meetings with Group Leaders and Chairs of Overview & Scrutiny Committees, culminating with the Overview & Scrutiny mop-up session scheduled to be held on Friday, 30th January, 2015, prior to the final budget proposals being presented to County Council on the 17th February, 2015.  Regular updates had been given to Members over recent months and the Leader commented on the unprecedented financial challenges facing all Councils across Wales.  The draft budget report, presented to Cabinet on 16th December, 2015 highlighted a £16.4m budget gap for 2015/16.  Following intensive work a balanced budget had been achieved.  The risk to frontline services was a unique challenge with no magic formula and no additional money available.

 

The Leader commented on the consequential revenue provision and briefed Members on his lobbying of Ministers and the Welsh Government (WG).  He expressed his disappointment following the Autumn Statement that no additional funding for service protection was being allocated to Local Government.

 

The Chief Executive and Chief Officer (Community and Enterprise) gave a brief presentation which covered the following areas:-

 

·               National Position

·               Revised Local Position

·               Impacts of 14-15 on 15-16

·               Strategy to close the extended gap

·               Up to date Strategy position

·               Remaining Strategy Actions

·               Big Budget Conversation

·               Member Involvement

·               Overview & Scrutiny

·               Final Steps in the Budget

·               Medium Term Financial Plan Review

·               Context for efficiencies 2015/16

·               Housing Council Fund Efficiency Proposals 2015/16

·               Housing Revenue Account 30 Year Business Plan

o      HRA 1015/18

o      Self Financing

o      30 Year Business Plan

o      Other income

o      Principles underpinning Efficiencies

o      HRA Efficiency Proposals

 

·         HRA Capital Programme 2015/16

o   Funding for HRA Capital Programme

o   Council Housing Building Programme

 

The Chief Officer (Community and Enterprise) and Housing Asset Manager gave a detailed presentation on budget proposals within the Community and Enterprise portfolio.  

 

The comments and questions which were raised by Members of the Committee on the presentations, together with the responses given, are detailed in Appendix 1 (attached).

 

During discussion, the Chair thanked Officers for the openness in which the workshops and verbal updates had been delivered to Members and felt members of the public were better prepared for the year ahead.

 

            RESOLVED:

 

That the presentation be noted.

Consultation feedback pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Presentation Slides pdf icon PDF 541 KB

54.

Members of the Public and Press In Attendance

Minutes:

There were no members of the public and one member of the press in attendance.

 

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