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Recommendations of Executive on the Council's Capital Strategy for 2017/18 to 2021/22, the Financial Strategy 2017/18 to 2021/22 (including the Council's detailed Revenue Budget Proposals for 2017/18) and the Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Prudential Indicators for 2017/18 to 2021/22

To consider the recommendations made by Executive, at their meeting held on 9 February 2017, in relation to:

 

a)   The Council’s Capital Programme Budget for 2017/18 to 2021/22

 

b)   The Council’s Revenue Budget proposals for 2017/18 to 2021/22 and

 

c)   The Council’s Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Prudential Indicators for 2017/18 to 2021/22

 

These recommendations are set out in the attached report and will be moved by the Council Leader.

 

Note:

The original budget reports to Executive, on which their recommendations are based, were circulated to all Members and can be found on the Council’s website, here:

 

http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=9310&Ver=4

 

Minutes:

Cllr Carr moved and Councillor Aspden seconded, the motions relating to the following proposals, as set out at pages 1 to 3 of the papers circulated at the meeting (now included in the republished agenda), in relation to:

 

a)   The Council’s Capital Programme Budget for 2017/18 to 2021/22 and

 

b)   The Council’s Revenue Budget proposals for 2017/18 to 2021/22

 

c)   The Council’s Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Prudential Indicators for 2017/18 to 2021/22

 

Capital Strategy

 

39. Executive recommends that Council;

             i.        Agree to the revised capital programme of £215.036m that reflects a net overall increase of £36.140m (as set out in paragraph 54 table 9 and in Annex B). Key elements of this include;

 

a.   Extension of prudential borrowing funded Rolling Programme schemes totalling £8.240m as set out in table 3 and summarised in table 9;

 

b.   New schemes totalling £11.024m including an increase in prudential borrowing of £11.024m as set out in tables 4 & 5 and summarised in table 9;

 

c.   Extension of externally funded Rolling Programme schemes totalling £6.764m as set out in table 5 and summarised in table 9;

 

d.   An increase in HRA funded schemes totalling £10.112m funded from a combination HRA balances/Right to Buy receipts as set out in table 6 and summarised in table 9

 

            ii.        Approve the full restated programme as summarised in Annex A totalling £215.036 cover financial years 2017/18 to 2021/22 as set out in table 10 and Annex A

 

           iii.        Approve the proposal to allow wards, if required to bring forward their share of the 2018/19 Highways Resurfacing allocation (£250k in total per annum) to allow the potential for higher impact schemes as set out at paragraph 31.

 

Reason:     To set a balanced capital programme as required by the Local Government Act 2003.

 

Revenue Budget

 

40. Executive recommends that Council;

i.     Approve the budget proposals outlined in the Financial Strategy report and in particular;

 

                           a.      The net revenue expenditure requirement of £119.659m

 

                           b.      A council tax requirement of £81.630m

 

                           c.      The revenue growth proposals as outlined in the body of the report

 

                           d.      The 2017/18 revenue savings proposals as outlined in annex 2

 

                           e.      The fees and charges proposals as outlined in annex 4

 

                         f.          The Housing Revenue Account (HRA) budget set out in annex 5 and the HRA savings proposals set out in annex 6

 

                       g.          The dedicated schools grant proposals outlined in paragraphs 149 to 156

 

h.    The use of £147k New Homes Bonus funding to fund one off investment, as outlined in paragraph 73

 

i.      The use of £156k funding from the Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool to support cultural and sporting events, including cycling, as outlined in the report in paragraph 104, which will be subject to a report to the Executive during the year

 

j.      The use of £750k from the Waste Reserve to fund additional one off waste disposal costs in 2017/18, prior to the planned full operation of the Allerton Waste Recovery Park facility in February 2018, as described in paragraph 108.

 

k.     The use of £676k from the Lendal Bridge Reserve to fund transport improvements, including investigating options for cycling improvements and a cycle hire scheme, pothole repairs, and footway repairs, as described in paragraph 110, which will be subject to a further report to the Executive

 

l.      The use of £630k from the York Financial Assistance Scheme (YFAS) Reserve to support financial inclusion and investment in mental health, which will be subject to further reports to the Executive or the Executive Member as described in paragraph 111.

 

            ii.        Note that the effect of approving the income and expenditure proposals included in the recommendations would result in a 3.7% increase in the City of York Council element of the council tax, 3% of which would relate to the social care precept.

 

Reason: To ensure a legally balanced budget is set.

 

Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Prudential Indicators

41. Executive recommends that Council approve;

             i.        The proposed Treasury Management Strategy for 2017/18 including the annual investment strategy and the minimum revenue provision policy statement;

            ii.        The prudential indicators for 2017/18 to 2021/22 in the main body of the report;

           iii.        The specified and non-specified investments schedule (annex B)

          iv.        The scheme of delegation and the role of the section 151 officer (annex D)

Reason:   To enable the continued effective operation of the treasury management function and ensure that all Council borrowing is prudent, affordable and sustainable.

 

Labour Amendment

 

Councillor Looker then moved and Councillor Neil Barnes seconded, an amendment to the above recommendations on behalf of the Labour Group, as follows:

 

“Capital Strategy

 

In relation to the Executive’s recommendations on the capital budget (paragraph 39 of page 11 of Council papers refers):

 

In paragraph 39 (i), first line, replace ‘£215.036m’ with ‘£216.836m’ and second line, replace ‘£36.140m’ with ‘£37.940m’

 

Under paragraph 39 (i), insert new sub paragraph:

 

(e)  Include a new scheme to invest in Park and Ride fleet – introducing circa 9 new Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV), part funded by use of the Lendal Bridge reserve (£676k) and increasing prudential borrowing by £1,124k.

 

In paragraph 39 (ii), second line, replace ‘£215.036m’ with ‘£216.836m’

 

Revenue Budget

 

In relation to the Executive’s recommendations on the revenue budget (paragraph 40 of page 12 of Council papers refers):

 

In (i) sub paragraph (a)delete ‘£119.659m’ and replace with ‘£120.674m’

 

In sub paragraph (b)delete ‘£81.630m’ and replace with ‘£82.645m’

 

In sub paragraph (c)add at the end of the sentence ‘subject to the following amendments;

 

·        An additional £120k one off investment for work to close the attainment gap

 

·        An additional £40k one off investment for feasibility study to explore council-run energy provision

 

·        An additional £48k ongoing investment to fund 1FTE community engagement officer

 

·        An additional £74k ongoing investment to fund 2FTE enforcement officers – split between planning and housing

 

·        An additional £48k to halve the rate for bulky waste collection from £43 to £21.50

 

·        An additional £79k to support the revenue cost of additional prudential borrowing (£1,800k capital amendment, part funded from prudential borrowing)

 

In sub paragraph (d) add at the end of the sentence ‘subject to the following amendments;

·        Reversal of HHASC11: Contribution towards ASC preventative services £50k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC12: Contribution towards ASC preventative services delivered by the voluntary sector £25k

 

·        50% reversal of HHASC14: Assessment & Care Management model £148k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC21: Older Person’s Homes residential care fees £23k

 

·        Reversal of CEC1: Neighbourhood Management Team £17k

 

·        50% reversal of CEC5: Home to School Transport £100k

 

·        50% reversal of CEC7: Looked After Children £100k

 

·        Reversal of CEC8: The Glen Respite Care Centre £75k

 

·        Reversal of EP1: Public Protection – Reduction in Staffing £45k

 

·        Reversal of one aspect of EP10: Parking income – the inflationary Respark increase £23k

In sub paragraph (e)add at the end of the sentence ‘subject to the following amendments;

·        Halving the rate for bulky waste collection from £43 to £21.50 (£48k)

 

·        Reversal of the inflationary Respark increase (£23k)

 

·        Reversal of Older Person’s Homes residential care fees (£23k)

In order to decrease fees and charges by £94k

 

In sub paragraph (i) delete ‘support cultural and sporting events,  including cycling, as outlined in the report in paragraph 104, which will be subject to a report to the Executive during the year’ and replace with ‘create an Economic Fund to provide capacity to explore ways to reverse the trend of York wages falling relative to the UK’

 

In sub paragraph (k)delete ‘fund transport improvements, including investigating options for cycling improvements and a cycle hire scheme, pothole repairs, and footway repairs, as described in paragraph 110, which will be subject to a further report to the Executive’ and replace with ‘part fund a new capital project to invest in Park and Ride fleet – introducing circa 9 new Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV)’

 

At the end of paragraph 40 (l),add an additional sub paragraph;

 

m.         The use of £80k from the Venture Fund to fund a feasibility study to explore establishment of council-owned housing development company

 

In paragraph 40 (ii) second line, delete ‘3.7%’ and replace with ‘4.99%’.

In accordance with the regulations a named vote was then taken in relation to the Labour amendment relating to the setting of the budget, with the following result:

 

For

Against

Abstained

Cllr N Barnes

Cllr Aspden

Cllr Craghill

Cllr S Barnes

Cllr Ayre

Cllr D’Agorne

Cllr Boyce

Cllr Brooks

Cllr Kramm

Cllr Cannon

Cllr Carr

Cllr Crisp

Cllr Cullwick

Cllr Derbyshire

Cllr Cuthbertson

Cllr Flinders

Cllr Dew

Cllr Funnell

Cllr Douglas

Cllr Gunnell

Cllr Doughty

Cllr Hayes

Cllr Fenton

Cllr Looker

Cllr Galvin

Cllr D Myers

Cllr Gates

Cllr Shepherd

Cllr Gillies

Cllr Wells

Cllr Hunter

Cllr Williams

Cllr Jackson

Cllr Lisle

Cllr Mason

Cllr Mercer

Cllr K Myers

Cllr Orrell

Cllr Rawlings

Cllr Reid

Cllr Richardson

Cllr Runciman

Cllr Steward

Cllr Waller

Cllr Warters

15

27

3

 

The Labour amendment was declared LOST.

 

Green Amendment

 

Councillor D’Agorne then moved, and Councillor Craghill seconded, an amendment to the Revenue Budget, on behalf of the Green Group.

 

“Revenue Budget

 

In relation to the Executive’s recommendations on the revenue budget (paragraph 40 of page 12 of Council papers refers):

 

In (i) sub paragraph (a)delete ‘£119.659m’ and replace with ‘£124.618m’

 

In sub paragraph (b)delete ‘£81.630m’ and replace with ‘£86.589m’

 

In sub paragraph (c)add at the end of the sentence ‘subject to the following amendments;

 

·        One off investment of £260k to cover the cost of a referendum on council tax increase

 

·        Additional investment in Financial Assistance/ Council Tax Discretionary Reduction Scheme £200k

 

·        Financial Assistance/ Council Tax Support Outreach Worker £44k

 

·        Debt advice £17.5k

 

·        Substance Mis-use – Drugs & Alcohol £100k

 

·        Adult Social Care new ways of working and developing prevention services £295k

 

·        Alternatives to residential care £34k

 

·        Alternatives to Nursing Care £141k

 

·        Investing in community support & rehabilitation (incl. support to Be Independent) £182k

 

·        Residential and nursing care £100k

 

·        Supporting people with learning disabilities £300k

 

·        Invest further in supporting carers £150k

 

·        Supporting independent travel to services £25k

 

·        Invest in services to young people, children & families via LATs £490k

 

·        Additional investment in Mental Health Services   £100k

 

·        Invest in Respite Care £75k

 

·        Invest in the Healthy Child Service £100k                                                                         

·        Up to £52k to York Museums Trust – to continue and expand some free access for York residents       

 

·        Year-round participatory council budget process £36k

                                     

·        1 FTE Air Pollution Reduction Officer - Transport Team £44k

 

·        1 FTE External Funding Officer £44k

 

·        1 FTE Energy Poverty and Affordable Warmth Officer -  Housing Team £44k

 

·        0.5 FTE Sustainable Schools Officer - Public Health £22k

 

·        Reinvest in subsidised bus services £100k

 

·        Additional investment in drainage maintenance and repairs to reduce flooding £100k

 

·        Increase the ward funding pot, specifically to compensate for the cut to the Estate Improvement Grant £50k

 

·        One off investment in a feasibility study on improved riverside lighting in city centre to improve river safety £35k

 

In sub paragraph (d)add at the end of the sentence ‘subject to the following amendments;

 

·        Reversal of HHASC1: CAB Debt Worker £17.5k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC2: Housing Staffing £34k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC6: Sexual health £48k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC7: Substance Misuse – Drugs & Alcohol £75k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC8: Smoking Cessation £50k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC9: Wellness Service £50k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC11:        Contribution to ASC preventative services £50k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC12: Contribution ASC preventative services delivered by the voluntary sector £25k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC14: Assessment & Care Management Model £295k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC15: Residential Care (2 of 3yr) £34k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC16 : Nursing Care (2 of 4 yr) £156k 

 

·        Reversal of HHASC17 : Community Support £232k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC20: Transport of Service Users to Services £48k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC21:        Older People’s Homes Residential Care Fees          £23k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC24: Reduce funding to Be Independent £50k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC23: Contracted services £75k

 

·        Reversal of HHASC24:        Sheltered Housing with Extra Care £23k

 

·        Reversal of CEC1: Neighbourhood Management Team           £17k

 

·        Reversal of CEC4: Early Years Services £96k

 

·        Reversal of CEC6: Local Safeguarding Children Board £20k

 

·        Reversal of CEC8: The Glen Respite Care £75k

 

·        Reversal of CEC10: Healthy Child Service £50k

 

·        Reversal of EP1:         1 FTE Trading Standards Officer £45k

 

·        Reversal of EP2: 0.5 FTE Licensing Officer £15k

 

·        Reversal of EP9: Transport CCTV         £75k

 

·        Part Reversal of EP10: Parking Income £15k

 

·        Reversal of CCS8: York Financial Assistance Scheme £100k

 

·        Part reversal of CCS10: HR Training & Workforce Delivery Unit £25k

 

In sub paragraph (e)add at the end of the sentence ‘subject to the following amendments;

·          10p per hour further increase on non- resident city centre parking charges to incentivise the use of park and ride (£40k additional income)

 

·          Reduce the standard Respark fee to £90 pa (cost £40k)

 

·          Increase second car parking permit to £200pa (£15k additional income)

 

·          Retain current discount for Vehicle emission bands  A-C (cost £30k)

 

·          Reversal of Older Person’s Homes residential care fees (cost £23k)

In order to decrease fees and charges by £38k

 

In paragraph 40 (ii) second line, delete ‘3.7%’ and replace with ‘10%’.

 

After paragraph 40 (ii) insert a new sub paragraph;

 

(iii)   To approve the planned substitute budget (attached as an Annexe) if a referendum is rejected, and consequent council tax increase of 4.99%”

 

A named vote was then taken on the Green Group amendment, with the following result:

 

For

Against

Abstained

Cllr Craghill

Cllr Aspden

Cllr N Barnes

Cllr D’Agorne

Cllr Ayre

Cllr S Barnes

Cllr Kramm

Cllr Brooks

Cllr Boyce

Cllr Carr

Cllr Cannon

Cllr Cullwick

Cllr Crisp

Cllr Cuthbertson

Cllr Derbyshire

Cllr Dew

Cllr Flinders

Cllr Douglas

Cllr Funnell

Cllr Doughty

Cllr Gunnell

Cllr Fenton

Cllr Hayes

Cllr Gates

Cllr Looker

Cllr Galvin

Cllr D Myers

Cllr Gillies

Cllr Shepherd

Cllr Hunter

Cllr Wells

Cllr Jackson

Cllr Williams

Cllr Lisle

Cllr Mason

Cllr Mercer

Cllr K Myers

Cllr Orrell

Cllr Rawlings

Cllr Reid

Cllr Richardson

Cllr Runciman

Cllr Steward

Cllr Waller

Cllr Warters

3

27

15

 

The Green amendment was declared LOST.

 

A named vote was then taken on the original motion, with the following result:

 

For

Against

Abstained

Cllr Aspden

Cllr N Barnes

 

Cllr Ayre

Cllr S Barnes

Cllr Brooks

Cllr Boyce

Cllr Carr

Cllr Cannon

Cllr Cullwick

Cllr Craghill

Cllr Cuthbertson

Cllr Crisp

Cllr Dew

Cllr D’Agorne

Cllr Douglas

Cllr Derbyshire

Cllr Doughty

Cllr Flinders

Cllr Fenton

Cllr Funnell

Cllr Galvin

Cllr Gunnell

Cllr Gates

Cllr Hayes

Cllr Gillies

Cllr Kramm

Cllr Hunter

Cllr Levene

Cllr Jackson

Cllr Looker

Cllr Lisle

Cllr D Myers

Cllr Mason

Cllr Shepherd

Cllr Mercer

Cllr Wells

Cllr K Myers

Cllr Williams

Cllr Orrell

Cllr Rawlings

Cllr Reid

Cllr Richardson

Cllr Runciman

Cllr Steward

Cllr Waller

Cllr Warters

27

19

0

 

The original motion was then declared CARRIED and it was

 

Resolved:  That the Executive recommendations, in respect of the Capital Strategy, Financial Strategy and Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Prudential Indicators be approved. 1.

 

Supporting documents:

 

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