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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: The Thornton Room - Ground Floor, West Offices (G039). View directions

Contact: Michelle Bennett  Democracy Officer

Items
No. Item

31.

Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting, Members are asked to declare:

·        any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

which they may have in respect of business on this agenda.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Member was asked to declare, at this point in the meeting, any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests or any prejudicial or discloseable pecuniary interest that she might have in respect of the business on the agenda.  None were declared.

 

32.

Public Participation

At this point in the meeting, members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. The deadline for registering is 5.00pm on Wednesday 15 January.  Members of the public can speak on agenda items or matters within the Executive Member’s remit.

 

To register to speak please contact the Democracy Officers for the meeting, on the details at the foot of the agenda.

 

Filming, Recording or Webcasting Meetings

Please note that, subject to available resources, this meeting will be filmed and webcast, or recorded, including any registered public speakers who have given their permission.  The broadcast can be viewed at http://www.york.gov.uk/webcasts or, if recorded, this will be uploaded onto the Council’s website following the meeting.

 

Residents are welcome to photograph, film or record Councillors and Officers at all meetings open to the press and public. This includes the use of social media reporting, i.e. tweeting.  Anyone wishing to film, record or take photos at any public meeting should contact the Democracy Officers (contact details are at the foot of this agenda) in advance of the meeting.

 

The Council’s protocol on Webcasting, Filming & Recording of Meetings ensures that these practices are carried out in a manner both respectful to the conduct of the meeting and all those present.  It can be viewed at

 

https://www.york.gov.uk/downloads/file/11406/protocol_for_webcasting_filming_and_recording_of_council_meetings_20160809

 

Minutes:

 

It was reported that there had been no registrations to speak under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.

 

33.

Financial Strategy 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 153 KB

This report provides background information for the overall Financial Strategy and presents the savings proposals and growth assumptions for Economy & Strategic Planning, Environment & Climate Change and Transport portfolios, for consideration by the Executive Members before finalisation of the overall Financial Strategy, which will be presented to Executive on 13 February 2020.

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved:

The Executive Member considered the following, in the context of the overall budget;

·        The 2020/21 revenue general fund savings proposals for their portfolio as set out in annex 1

·        The 2020/21 HRA savings proposals for their portfolio as set out in annex 2

·        The 2020/21 revenue HRA growth proposals for their portfolio as set out in annex 3

·        The 2020/21 to 2024/25 HRA Capital Schemes as set out in annex 4

·        The feedback from consultation for their portfolio as set out in annex 5

Reason:

To ensure that stakeholders have the opportunity to feed into the budget process in advance of the finalisation of the Financial Strategy 2020/21 to 2024/25.

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Executive Member received a report which provided background information for the overall Financial Strategy and presented the savings proposals and growth assumptions for the Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods portfolio.

This Budget Meeting was intended to provide an opportunity for the Executive Member to obtain feedback in advance of the finalisation of the overall Financial Strategy which would be presented to Executive on 13 February 2020.

 

The Director of Health Housing and Adult Social Care; the Assistant Director for Housing and Community Safety and the Finance Manager were in attendance to present the report and to respond to questions.

 

The options available were:

 

(i)           Option 1 - to retain the savings, growth and HRA capital proposals as set out in annex 1, 2, 3 and 4;

 

(ii)         Option 2 – to add, delete or amend proposals, noting that any adjustments made must have a net nil effect with reference to the overall budget.

The Executive Member welcomed the proposals in this budget particularly in the context of limited finances and growing demands on services.  She was pleased to note that at a time when the Council was facing challenges to balance budgets and when the Council had to save a further £4m this year and potentially for each of the 3 years thereafter, that additional spending of £1.8m had been included in the Housing Revenue account annual budget which would be focused on improving the care of council properties and estates, improving services to tenants and developing the council’s capacity to explore innovative models of delivering social housing.

 

Other key areas that the Executive Member had wished to highlight included the following:

 

·        Additional £250k a year over the next four years in capital spending had been included in the budget, to add to the £1m investment in the interim budget.  This would be used to help develop a retrofit programme bringing council housing up to very high energy efficiency standards to meet the demands of the Climate Emergency. 

·        It had been encouraging to note that York residents had put renewables, energy efficiency and lower energy bills high on their list of priorities in the findings from consultation with residents at appendix 5.

·        Additional investment in council housing stock following the Stock Condition survey would enable the council to improve repairs as well as ventilation systems to address some of the damp and condensation issues that tenants report.

·        Welcomed investment into the new apprenticeship programme which will provide new jobs and incorporate training for energy efficiency work.

·        The council had also been able to protect and continue key areas of work such as: the Council’s Housing Delivery Programme; effective homelessness prevention services; working to reduce street sleeping to close to zero in future years, and in developing programmes which would support  people with complex needs. 

 

Resolved:

The Executive Member considered the following, in the context of the overall budget;

·        The 2020/21 revenue general fund savings proposals for their portfolio as set out in annex 1

·        The 2020/21 HRA savings proposals for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.

 

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