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Recommendations to Council - Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) and Council Strategy 2019-20 to 2020-2021

Meeting: 30/01/2019 - Cabinet (Item 5)

5 Recommendations to Council - Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) and Council Strategy 2019-20 to 2020-2021 pdf icon PDF 343 KB

To seek approval of recommendations to Council on the Council Strategy, Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS), and final Revenue and Capital Budget 2019-20.

 

Supporting Documents: -

 

Appendix 1      Council Strategy

            Appendix 2      Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS)

            Appendix 3      Budget Consultation Report

            Appendix 4      Scrutiny Management Committee Budget Report (to follow)

            Appendix 5      Due Regard Statement (to follow)

 

The decision will take into account the outcomes of the recent formal budget consultation and report of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, (following approval by the Scrutiny Management Committee on 23 January 2019).

 

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, (Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee), to present the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee’s observations and budget priority recommendations.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, presented the Draft Council Strategy and Medium Term Financial Strategy, (MTFS), 2019-2020 to 2020-2021, (including the proposed Revenue and Capital Budget 2019-20), for recommendation to Council.

 

Having considered all of the information, including the outcomes of the council’s formal budget consultation, the due regard statement for the decision and recommendations from the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, Cabinet noted the decision report and the reasons for the recommendations and,

 

RESOLVED:- 

 

1.    To consider the outcome of the budget consultation as set out in Appendix 3 and the report from the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee (OSMC) in Appendix 4.

 

2.    To approve the Draft Council Strategy for submission to County Council (Appendix 1).

 

3.    To approve changes to the draft budget and to approve the MTFS and final revenue and capital budget for 2019/20 for recommendation to County Council, including all of the proposals set out in the annexes of the detailed MTFS (Appendix 2).

 

4.    To approve the schools funding, the provisional local government finance settlement and forecast reserve movements as summarised in this report and set out in the MTFS to County Council.

 

5.    To recommend to Council a revenue budget of £429.661 million, a Band D council tax of £1,293.70 and consequential precepts on District Councils.

 

6.    To approve for recommendation to Council the Capital Strategy, Treasury Management Strategy and Investment Strategy as set out in Annexes 7 & 10 of the detailed MTFS.

 

7.    To note the Risk Management Policy Statement & Strategy as set out in Annex 11 of the detailed MTFS.

 

The following amendments to the draft budget were presented at the meeting.

 

Cabinet considered the amendments and

 

RESOLVED to make the additional recommendations to County Council on 13 February 2019: -

 

8.    Approve a Highways Local capital allocation of £0.53 million (or £10,000 per Councillor) to be funded from capital receipts;

 

9.    Approve a permanent allocation of £0.16 million to eliminate the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) Efficiency Saving in the draft budget approved by Cabinet in December 2018, to be funded from the MTC3 Savings Contingency Budget;

 

10.Approve a one-off allocation of £0.025 million to fund a %G Readiness Study in 2019/20, to be funded from the MTC3 Savings Contingency Budget;

 

11.Approve a one-off contribution of £0.18 million to the Vulnerable Peoples’ Reserve to mitigate the demand risks associated with services to vulnerable adults and children. This will be funded from the MTC3 Savings Contingency Budget.

 

 

Minutes:

Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, presented the Draft Council Strategy and Medium Term Financial Strategy, (MTFS), 2019-2020 to 2020-2021, (including the proposed Revenue and Capital Budget 2019-20), for recommendation to Council.

 

The Leader invited Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Chairman of theOverview and Scrutiny Management Committee, to present the scrutiny management committee’s observations and budget priority recommendations on the Council Draft Budget 2019/20. The Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee is the lead committee for budget scrutiny at Gloucestershire County Council. A budget scrutiny evidence-gathering day was held on 10 January 2019, the outcomes of which were included in the scrutiny report presented to Cabinet at this meeting. The joint response was produced on behalf of the council’s scrutiny function as a whole.  

 

Cllr Molyneux gave a brief summary of the key findings taken from the participating members at the evidence-gathering day on 10 January 2019. He stated that a number of key themes had been identified, the context of which were included in the summary section of the scrutiny report. He also stated that comments on the budget scrutiny process and how they might be developed would be considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee at a later date. These included; the request for additional information against budget headings, benchmarking information and more focus on the Council’s Strategy. The comments will also be included in the scrutiny review outcome report as proposals for the next council.

 

Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, thanked Cllr Molyneux and the Scrutiny Management Committee for their work and said how much the feedback was appreciated when considering the draft budget for recommendation to Council. The Leader confirmed Cabinet would now reflect on some of the more specific aspects of the report.

 

The Leader reported that, during the past four weeks, people across Gloucestershire had been asked to comment on the councils proposed budget plans. 535 responses had been received, of which 68 per cent had agreed with the proposals, and 77 per cent had agreed the council had the right priorities. In addition, between October and December, the council had consulted on the new council strategy, ‘Looking to the Future’. Through a series of roadshows plus other engagement exercises the council had received 432 responses, with overall general support for the councils proposed priorities and ambitions.  

 

The Leader advised that the headlines for the budget remained the same as those in previous years with the demands in Adult Social Care and Children’s Services continuing to create significant challenges to the Council.

 

In presenting the proposals, the Leader reported a number of amendments. He advised that, since the report to Cabinet in December 2018, revenue budget changes had resulted in an increase in revenue funding of £1.305 million. As a result of the additional funding, and having considered the recommendations from the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee, the Leader proposed a number of minor changes to the draft budget proposal for recommendation to Council. Cllr Nigel Moor seconded the proposal.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5