Agenda and decisions

Venue: Hybrid Meeting

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

Media

Items
No. Item

2.

Public Question Time pdf icon PDF 46 KB

This item is to receive any Public Questions: one was received by the deadline.

Additional documents:

Item 2 - Question and Response pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Additional documents:

3.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any Declarations and advise Members accordingly.

Additional documents:

Decision:

The following Members declared a personal interest on the Pay Policy Statement for 2024/25 (agenda item 11) due to closely associated people employed by the Council: Councillors Chris Bithell, Gillian Brockley, Mel Buckley, David Coggins Cogan, Adele Davies-Cooke, Dennis Hutchinson, Christine Jones, Simon Jones, Roz Mansell, Hilary McGuill, Ted Palmer, Andrew Parkhurst, Carolyn Preece, Kevin Rush, Dale Selvester and Linda Thomas.

 

On Council Fund Budget 2024/25 (agenda item 7), Councillor Hilary McGuill declared a personal and prejudicial as a Board Member of NEW Homes.  Councillors Glyn Banks and Ted Palmer declared a personal interest on the same item.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 84 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 23 January 2024.

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the minutes be approved as a correct record.

5.

Chair's Communications

To receive the communications as circulated.

Additional documents:

6.

Petitions

This is an opportunity for Members of Council to submit petitions on behalf of people in their ward. Once received, petitions are passed to the appropriate Chief Officer for action and response.

Additional documents:

Decision:

None.

7.

Council Fund Budget 2024/25 - Final Closing Stage pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)       That the recommendations of Cabinet for balancing the budget for 2024/25 be approved, based on the alternative option set out in paragraph 1.25 of the report; and

 

(b)       That the level of Council Tax for 2024/25 as recommended by Cabinet be approved, based on the alternative option for an overall annual increase of 9.0%.

Item 7 - Budget presentation slides pdf icon PDF 492 KB

Additional documents:

8.

Council Tax Setting for 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)       That the 2024/25 Council Tax be set based on a 9.0% uplift in the County Council charges, as detailed in Appendix 1 to the report;

 

(b)       That the continuation of the policy of not providing a discount in the level of 2024/25 Council Tax charges for second homes and long-term empty homes be endorsed.  Also, where exceptions do not apply, to charge the Council Tax Premium rate of 75% above the standard rate of Council Tax for designated long-term empty dwellings and 100% for second homes from 1st April 2024;

 

(c)       That approval be given for designated officers to issue legal proceedings and appear on behalf of the Council in the Magistrates’ Court for unpaid taxes; and

 

(d)       That Cabinet reviews the Council Tax premium scheme for long-term empty properties and second homes over the next 12 months.

9.

Treasury Management Strategy 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 102 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the Treasury Management Strategy for 2024/25 be approved.

10.

Minimum Revenue Provision - 2024/25 Policy pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)       That the following be approved for Council Fund (CF):-

 

·         Option 3 (Asset Life Method) be used for the calculation of the MRP in financial year 2024/25 for the balance of outstanding capital expenditure funded from supported borrowing fixed as at 31st March 2017.  The calculation will be the ‘annuity’ method over 49 years.

 

·         Option 3 (Asset Life Method) be used for the calculation of the MRP in 2024/25 for all capital expenditure funded from supported borrowing from 1st April 2016 onwards.  The calculation will be the ‘annuity’ method over an appropriate number of years, dependent on the period of time that the capital expenditure is likely to generate benefits.

 

·         Option 3 (Asset Life Method) be used for the calculation of the MRP in 2024/25 for all capital expenditure funded from unsupported (prudential) borrowing or credit arrangements, including MIM. The calculation will be the ‘annuity’ method over an appropriate number of years, dependent on the period of time that the capital expenditure is likely to generate benefits.

 

(b)       That the following be approved for Housing Revenue Account (HRA):-

 

·         Option 3 (Asset Life Method) be used for the calculation of the HRA’s MRP in 2024/25 for the balance of outstanding capital expenditure funded from debt fixed as at 31st March 2021. The calculation will be the ‘annuity’ method over 50 years.

 

·         Option 3 (Asset Life Method) be used for the calculation of the HRA’s MRP in 2024/25 for all capital expenditure funded from debt from 1st April 2021 onwards. The calculation will be the ‘annuity’ method over an appropriate number of years, dependent on the period of time that the capital expenditure is likely to generate benefits.

 

(c)       That MRP on loans from the Council to NEW Homes to build affordable homes through the Strategic Housing and Regeneration Programme (SHARP) (which qualify as capital expenditure in accounting terms) be approved as follows:-

 

·         No MRP is made during the construction period (of short duration) as the asset has not been brought into use and no benefit is being derived from its use.

 

·         Once the assets are brought into use, capital (loan) repayments will be made by NEW Homes. The Council’s MRP will be equal to the repayments made by NEW Homes. The repayments made by NEW Homes will be classed, in accounting terms, as capital receipts, which can only be used to fund capital expenditure or repay debt. The capital repayment / capital receipt will be set aside to repay debt and is the Council’s MRP policy for repaying the loan.

11.

Pay Policy Statement for 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(a)       That the draft Pay Policy Statement for 2024/25 be approved; and

 

(b)       That delegated authority be given to the Corporate Manager (People and Organisational Development) to update the Pay Policy Statement 2024/25 during the year to reflect any changes required by legislation, Government policy or national negotiations so that it remains accurate and current.

12.

Questions

To note the answers to any questions submitted in accordance with County Council Standing Order No. 9.4(A): none were received by the deadline.

Additional documents:

Decision:

None received.

13.

Questions from Members on Committee Minutes

To consider any issues raised by Members arising from the Minutes of the Cabinet, Scrutiny Committees and other Committees, together with any questions raised under Section 4.20 of the Council’s Constitution.  Copies of the Minutes of the various meetings that have taken place since the last ordinary meeting of the Council which have been approved and published on the Authority’s website, can be obtained, if required, via the Committee and Member Services.

Additional documents:

Decision:

None received.

14.

Notice of Motion

This item is to receive any Notices of Motion: none were received by the deadline.

Additional documents:

Decision:

None received.

Members of the Press and Public in Attendance

Additional documents: