Decisions

Decisions published

08/02/2024 - White Ribbon Accreditation ref: 12361    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this decision is to authorise officers to pursue White Ribbon accreditation.


The Council achieved Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) accreditation in December 2022. The White Ribbon accreditation serves a significantly different  purpose to DAHA as DAHA addresses the Council’s role as a housing provider whereas White Ribbon will allow the Council to demonstrate its commitment to tackling violence against women more broadly.

Due to the DAHA accreditation, pursuing the White Ribbon accreditation is now more achievable than it was previously and has been recommended to the Lead Member by the Council’s Corporate Safeguarding Group.

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Housing

Decision published: 08/02/2024

Effective from: 16/02/2024

Decision:

Pursue White Ribbon accreditation.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Kathryn Hawkes


06/02/2024 - Ermine Street Housing - Additional Growth ref: 12349    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 06/02/2024

Decision:

Cabinet agreed to recommend to Council approval:

 

a. To allow Ermine Street Housing (ESH) additional borrowing from the Council of up to £20 million to take advantage of new investment opportunities where viability assessments provide a positive return with an interest rate of 1% above base rate. This arrangement is to be reviewed annually.

 

b. To allow ESH to purchase single person properties for homeless people to prevent the use of expensive temporary accommodation, using the interest rate applying to ESH (currently 4.25%). This rate recognises the initiative as a ‘spend to save’ investment, providing savings to homelessness budgets.

 

c. To allow the Head of Housing, in consultation with the Lead Cabinet Member for Housing, to authorise individual purchases (and therefore borrowing) up to the value of £2 million as per the current arrangements.

 

d. To note that this proposal is subject to the agreement of the Ermine Street Housing Board.

 


06/02/2024 - Draft 2024-25 Business Plan Action Plan ref: 12348    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 06/02/2024

Decision:

Cabinet agreed:

 

a. To submit the Business Plan Action Plan 2024-2025 to Council for approval.

 

b. To authorise the Chief Executive to make any minor wording changes required to final drafts, in consultation with the Leader.

 


06/02/2024 - State of the District - South Cambridgeshire ref: 12352    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet is asked to note the report.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 14/02/2024

Decision:

Cabinet agreed to:

 

1.    Note the report, and

 

2.    Authorise the Chief Executive to make any minor wording changes required to the final draft, in consultation with the Leader.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Chris Riches


06/02/2024 - Authority Monitoring Report for Greater Cambridge 2022-2023 ref: 12351    Recommendations Approved

All Local Authorities are obliged to publish an Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) each year. They describe progress against the Local Development Scheme and monitor the impact of planning policies included in development plan documents. Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council produce a joint AMR to monitor their development plans and policies collectively.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 14/02/2024

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

1. Agreed the Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council - Authority Monitoring Report for Greater Cambridge 2022-2023 (included as Appendix A) for publication on the Councils’ websites.

 

2. Delegated any further minor editing changes to the Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council - Authority Monitoring Report for Greater Cambridge 2022-2023 to the Joint Director of Planning and Economic Development, in consultation with the Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jonathan Dixon


06/02/2024 - Summary General Fund Revenue Budget 2024/2025 ref: 12356    Recommmend Forward to Council

Consider the General Fund Revenue Budget for 2024/25

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 06/02/2024

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

a) Noted the detailed budgets presented at Appendix B, and summarised at Appendix A, with an estimated General Fund Gross Operating Expenditure for 2024/2025 of £76.731 million, estimated Gross Operating Income of £48.306 million and estimated General Fund Net Operating Expenditure of £28.425 million.

 

b) Acknowledged the key factors which have led to the proposed 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget, with service pressures summarised at Appendix C and offsetting efficiency savings/policy options summarised at Appendix D.

 

c) Acknowledged that the 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget gross expenditure is covered by forecast income sources (assuming no change in Government grant) and, therefore, any addition(s) to expenditure that are made by the Cabinet or Council will need to be met from the General Fund Balance.

 

d) Approved the 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget taking into account the statement by the Chief Finance Officer on the risks and robustness of the estimates as required under Section 25 of the Local Government Act 2003 (reproduced at Appendix F).

 

e) Set the Council Tax Requirement for 2024/2025 at £11,688,650.

 

f) Approved an increase in the District element of the Council Tax of £5 per annum, giving an average Band D Council Tax of £170.31, plus the relevant amounts required by the precepts of the Parish Councils, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire Police & Crime Commissioner, the Cambridgeshire Fire Authority, and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor.

 

g) Approved the estimates of the amounts required to be made under the Non-domestic Rating (Rates Retention) Regulations 2013 as set out in paragraphs 38 - 41.

 

h) Approved the use of the additional income from the Business Rate Pool, estimated at £1,100,000 in 2024/2025, for transfer to the established Renewables Reserve for priority projects.

 

i) Recommended to Council that it approves:

 

(i)            The 2024/2025 General Fund Revenue Budget based on known commitments at this time and planned levels of Service/functions resulting in a Budget Requirement of £37.125 million.

(ii)          The District Council Precept on the Collection Fund (Council Tax Requirement) of £11.689 million in 2024/2025 (based on the Provisional Government Settlement) and a Band D Council Tax of £170.31.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Peter Maddock


06/02/2024 - General Fund Medium Term Financial Plan ref: 12359    Recommmend Forward to Council

Review and ensure that Council is aware of the financial challenges over the medium-term

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 06/02/2024

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

(a) Acknowledged the projected changes in service spending and the overall resources available to the Council over the medium term to 2028/2029.

 

(b) Recommended to Council the updated financial forecast at Appendix A.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Peter Maddock


06/02/2024 - Review of Revenue Reserves ref: 12355    Recommendations Approved

Review the Council’s Revenue Reserves and Provisions as part of the 2024/2025 budget setting process.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 06/02/2024

Decision:

Cabinet recommended to Full Council:

 

(a) That the Reserves as summarised at paragraph 12 of the report be released and transferred to the General Reserve or transferred to other reserves as appropriate on 31 March 2024.

 

(b) That the movement in Reserves in 2023/2024 as set out in Appendix A, and the estimated balance of Reserves of £36.132 million, be noted.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Peter Maddock


06/02/2024 - Localised Council Tax Support Scheme 2024-25 ref: 12360    Recommmend Forward to Council

Review the Localised Council Tax Support (LCTS) scheme for 2023/24 and agree the LCTS scheme for 2024/25

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 06/02/2024

Decision:

Cabinet recommended to Council the continuation of the successful 2023/24 LCTS scheme, proposing a reasonable uprating of 6.7% for the upcoming financial year 2024/25.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Peter Maddock


06/02/2024 - Capital Strategy ref: 12353    Recommendations Approved

Consider a refreshed version of the Strategy for adoption by the Council.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 06/02/2024

Decision:

Cabinet recommended to Full Council the updated Capital Strategy attached at Appendix A to the report which sets the policy framework for the development, management and monitoring of capital investment, including Capital Prudential Indicators.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Peter Maddock


06/02/2024 - Capital Programme 2024/25 to 2028/29 ref: 12357    Recommmend Forward to Council

Consider the Council’s Capital Programme

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 06/02/2024

Decision:

Cabinet recommended to Full Council the revised General Fund Capital Programme outlined at Appendix A.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Peter Maddock


06/02/2024 - Housing Revenue Account Revenue and Capital Budget 2024/2025 ref: 12358    Recommmend Forward to Council

Consider the Housing Revenue Account Budget for 2024/25

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 06/02/2024

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

Housing Revenue Account (HRA): Revenue

 

(a) approved the HRA revenue budget for 2024/2025 as shown in the HRA Budget Summary as presented at Appendix A.

 

HRA: Review of Rents and Charges

 

(b) Approved that council dwelling rents for all social rented properties be increased by 7.7%, recognising that inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) at September 2023, plus 1% results in an increase of 7.7%.

 

(c) Approved that affordable rents (inclusive of service charge) are also increased by 7.7% in line with the increase for social rents.

 

(d) Approved that rents for affordable shared ownership properties are increased by 7.7% or RPI at January 2024 plus 0.5% whichever is the lower, from April 2024.

 

(e) Approved that garage rents be increased by 7.7% in line with the increase for social rents.

 

(f) Approved the proposed service charges for HRA services and facilities provided to both tenants and leaseholders, as shown in Appendix D.

 

HRA: Capital

 

(g) Approved the required level of funding for new build investment between 2024/2025 and 2028/2029 to ensure that commitments can be met in respect of the investment of all right to buy receipts currently retained or anticipated to be received by the authority for this period. This expenditure will take the form of HRA new build, with the 60% top up met by other HRA resources.

 

(h) Approved the HRA Medium Term Financial Strategy forecasts as shown in Appendix B.

 

(i) Approved the Housing Capital Programme as shown in Appendix C.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Peter Maddock


06/02/2024 - Shire Homes Letting ref: 12350    Recommendations Approved

To note the spend-to-save benefit of Shire Homes Lettings and its role in reducing temporary accommodation costs.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 14/02/2024

Decision:

Cabinet agreed to note the report.

 

Lead officer: Susan Carter


06/02/2024 - Treasury Management Strategy ref: 12354    Recommmend Forward to Council

Consider a refreshed version of the Strategy for adoption by the Council.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 06/02/2024 - Cabinet

Decision published: 06/02/2024

Effective from: 06/02/2024

Decision:

Cabinet recommended to Council the updated Treasury Management Strategy attached at Appendix A to the report which sets the policy framework for the Council’s treasury management activity, including (i) the Treasury Management Policy Statement, (ii) Minimum Revenue Provision Policy and (ii) Treasury Indicators.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Peter Maddock


05/02/2024 - Rural Settlements List 2024/25 ref: 12347    Recommendations Approved

To review and determine the boundaries of Rural Settlements for the administration of Rural Rate Relief (“Village Shop Relief”) in accordance with section 42B of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997.

 

This is not a key decision, but it is a legal requirement that boundaries are set and published each year.

Decision Maker: Head of Finance

Decision published: 05/02/2024

Effective from: 05/02/2024

Decision:

Rural Settlement List for 2024/25 as attached at Appendix A has been approved and publication authorised.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Karen Hazel


25/01/2024 - Community Chest Grants- Guidance Amendment ref: 12346    Recommendations Approved

On 25 January 2024 the Grants Advisory Committee reviewed the recommendation in ‘Appendix A’of the meeting reports pack to consider an amendment to the Community Chest Grant Guidance (Appendix B) to allow for parishes with an electorate of up to 200 (plus 10% if members agree that the applicant shows good cause) to make an application from the non-ring-fenced grant fund.

 

After consideration, the Committee recommended to the Lead Cabinet Member for Resources to include the above amendment in the Community Chest Grant guidance.

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Resources

Decision published: 31/01/2024

Effective from: 08/02/2024

Decision:

To accept the recommendations of the Grants Advisory Committee (see above). The new eligible parishes, (including those exceeding the electorate figure of 200 by 10%) will be contacted informing them of this amendment to the criteria.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Emma Dyer


30/01/2024 - Community Chest Grants ref: 12345    Recommendations Approved

 

On 25 January 2024 the Grants Advisory Committee reviewed all Community Chest applications received between 7 November 2023 and 7 January 2024.

 

Two applications were brought forward in ‘Appendix A’ of the meeting reports pack.

 

After consideration of these applications, the Committee recommended to the Lead Cabinet Member for Resources that:

 

1.    St Nicholas Church Parochial Church Council (XCWDGBKB) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £2,000

 

2.    Litlington Parish Council (SFVRDFRZ) be approved and funded at the full amount requested of £531

 

Decision Maker: Leader of Council

Decision published: 30/01/2024

Effective from: 07/02/2024

Decision:

To accept the recommendations of the Grants Advisory Committee (see above). In reference to the application for a secure shed from St Nicholas Church Parochial Church Council, it is recommended that an electric mower is purchased as opposed to the petrol mower.

 

As the Lead Cabinet member for Resources has declared a non-pecuniary interest in relation to this application, the Council Leader has made the final decision for both January 2024 applications.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Emma Dyer