Agenda and decisions

Cabinet
Wednesday, 4 December 2019 9.30 a.m.

Venue: Council Chamber - South Cambs Hall. View directions

Contact: Ian Senior  03450 450 500 Email: democratic.services@scambs.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive Apologies for Absence from Cabinet members. 

2.

Declarations of Interest

3.

Minutes of Previous Meetings pdf icon PDF 166 KB

To authorise the Leader to sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 November 2019 and of the Extraordinary meeting held on 18 November 2019 as correct records.

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4.

Announcements

5.

Public Questions

Question from Mr. Daniel Fulton:

 

“Would the Lead Cabinet Member for Planning be willing to receive and consider representations from the public commenting on whether the current arrangements for the shared planning service provide sufficient oversight and management of the officers who discharge the Council’s planning functions on its behalf?”

6.

Issues arising from the Scrutiny and Overview Committee pdf icon PDF 146 KB

7.

Service Transformation Programme: Savings Proposals pdf icon PDF 536 KB

Decision:

Cabinet considered the proposed objectives and intentions in relation to the review of Council services as part of a coordinated Council-wide transformation programme,  and

 

(a)       Noted the considerable challenges facing the Council given the financial outlook, including Government announcements in respect of local government funding, and the expectation that future cost pressures will exceed the resources available;

 

(b)       Noted the revenue budget guiding principles, outlined at paragraph 21 of the Chief Executive’s report, providing the context for the planning of the 2020 / 2021 revenue budget and the formulation of proposals to achieve service efficiency savings;

 

(c)       Noted the growth bids, detailed at Appendix A to the Chief Executive’s report, for inclusion in the Budget Setting Report in February 2020;

 

(d)       Noted the proposed range of service efficiency savings / policy options detailed in Appendix B of the report and that these would undergo further refinement and consultation with employees and other stakeholders prior to forming part of the Budget Setting Report in February 2020; and

 

(e)       Noted that some of the savings proposals would require a detailed equality analysis.

 

8.

Medium Term Financial Strategy pdf icon PDF 713 KB

Decision:

Not for call-in

 

Cabinet

 

(a)          Acknowledged the projected changes in service spending and the overall resources available to the Council over the medium term; and

 

(b)          Recommended to Full Council the Medium Term Financial Strategy attached as Appendix A and the updated financial forecast attached as Appendix B to the report from the Interim Director of Finance.

 

9.

2019-20 Quarter 2 Performance Report pdf icon PDF 245 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet received and noted the Operational Key Performance Indicator (OKPI) results as detailed in the report from the Director of Corporate Services.

10.

Street lighting Policy and LED upgrade program pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet approved the South Cambridgeshire District Council Streetlighting Policy document to be included on the Council’s website and inform the communications plan.

 

11.

Shared Payroll Service pdf icon PDF 398 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet

 

1.    noted that the Payroll Shared Service Agreement had been extended and would be reviewed in line with other Greater Cambridge shared services arrangements; and

 

2.    asked officers to explore the feasibility of appointing a payroll apprentice to support the team and invest in the future of the service.

12.

Applications for Council Tax Reduction under Section 13a of The Local Government Finance Act 1992 - Delegation of Authority for Decision Making pdf icon PDF 369 KB

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Decision:

Cabinet agreed to delegate Council Tax reduction decision-making to the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance, as outlined in Option 1 pending a review of the policy.

                                   

13.

Exclusion of Press and Public

Agenda items 14, 15 and 16 contain exempt information.

 

The law allows Councils to consider a limited range of issues in private session without members of the Press and public being present. Typically, such issues relate to personal details, financial and business affairs, legal privilege and so on. In every case, the public interest in excluding the Press and Public from the meeting room must outweigh the public interest in having the information disclosed to them. The following statement will be proposed, seconded and voted upon. 

 

"I propose that the Press and public be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the following item numbers 14, 15 and 16 in accordance with Section 100(A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that, if present, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.”

 

Paragraph 3 refers to information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

 

If exempt (confidential) information has been provided as part of the agenda, the Press and public will not be able to view it. There will be an explanation on the website however as to why the information is exempt.

 

14.

Issues arising from the Scrutiny and Overview Committee

15.

Potential property acquisition decision

Decision:

Cabinet approved:

 

(a)        The investment outlined in the report from the Interim Director of Finance as a multi-let office investment in accordance with the approved Investment Strategy; and

 

(b)        The delegation of the final terms of the acquisition of the property to the Lead Member for Finance and Interim Director of Finance.

16.

Communal Room Review Project - Decision required regarding the future use of The Limes/Limes Close Sheltered Communal Room in Bassingbourn

Decision:

Not for call in - After detailed debate, Cabinet deferred making a decision.