Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Note: The deadline for public questions is 12 noon on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 

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The Mayor advised that due to the severity of the weather today, a decision was taken that this meeting would only take the Budget and Council Tax Setting 2018/19 report and that all other non-administrative business would be deferred until the next meeting on 21 March 2018.  Those members of the public who sent in questions would receive written responses and these had already been uploaded to the website along with the responses to Members’ questions.

1.

Apologies for absence

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Norman Adams, Tonia Ashikodi, Mandy Brinkhurst, Matt Clare, Bill Freeman, Nuala Geary, Mick Hayes, Sizwe James, Mehboob Khan, Chris Kirby, Allan MacCarthy, Christine May, Clare Morris, Paul Morrissey, Steve Offord, Maureen O’Mara, Ray Walker and Miranda Williams.

 

Apologies for arriving late were received from Councillor Charlie Davis.

 

2.

Minutes

To agree the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 31 January 2018.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

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That the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 31 January 2018 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

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Mayor's Announcements

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The Mayor announced that a number of Members and Officers would be running for the Mayor’s Charity at the London Half Marathon this Sunday.  He was sure they would all do well, and expected the rest of the Members to cheer them on. 

 

It was with sadness that the Mayor announced that today he had learnt of the death of a former Councillor, James Simpson who was a Conservative Councillor from 1994-2002.  The Chamber held a minutes silence in respect.

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Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 39 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

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Resolved –

 

That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies is noted.

5.

Notice of Members wishing to exceed the 5 minute rule

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No requests to exceed the five minute rule were received.

6.

Petitions

Presentation to the Council of petitions for consideration.

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The following petition was presented at the meeting:

 

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

Request for replacement lock for 3 Tom Smith Close

25 signatures

Councillor

Geoffrey Brighty

Directorate of Housing and Safer Communities

 

7.

Public Deputations on matters not otherwise on the agenda

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This Matter was deferred.

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Public Questions pdf icon PDF 188 KB

Up to half an hour will be allowed for questions by Members of the Public.

 

Questions will be taken in the order notices are received by the Chief Executive.  Each question to have no more than one part.  No member of the public shall ask more than 2 questions at a meeting.

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The Mayor advised that members of the public who had submitted questions would receive written responses and the questions, which had also been uploaded to the website along with the responses to the  questions.

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Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 157 KB

a.      To receive written responses to questions submitted by Members in line with procedure Rule A1.38.

b.      Up to 10 minutes will be allowed for Members questions.

 

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The Mayor advised that Member’s questions had been uploaded to the website along with the responses to Members’ questions.

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Matters for early debate

Up to 3 items of business may be prioritised for consideration under this section.  Each political party may select an item of business, from the list of items on the agenda, for early debate. 

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There were no matters to be taken early.

 

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Budget and Council Tax Setting 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 289 KB

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Decision:

Noted that the Adult Social Care Precept for 2018/19 is set at 3%, as agreed by Council on 22 February 2017 (Section 5 of the report)

 

Agreed a council tax rise of 2.99% in support of homelessness and inflationary pressures, at a cost of 62p per week at Band D (Section 7 of the report)

 

Noted that the GLA precept for 2018/19 is due to increase by £14.21 per year at Band D, a rise of 5.1% (Section 7 of the report)

 

Noted that, subject to a detailed decision to be taken by the Leader, the Council will be participating in the London Business Rates Pilot Pooling Arrangements (Section 5 of the report)

 

Agreed the addition to the council tax in 2018/19 on the taxpayers in premises surrounding the garden in Gloucester Circus SE10 (Section 7 of the report)

 

Approved the overall council tax level and the relevant statutory calculations and resolutions (Section 7 and Appendix B of the report)

 

Noted the authority’s Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) is balanced through to 2019/20 and acknowledge that significant pressures are being experienced across services (Section 8 of the report)

 

Agreed the schools funding formula for use in 2018/19 and 2019/20 as presented to Schools Forum on 18 January 2018 (Section 9 of the report)

 

Noted the level of Dedicated Schools Grant for Education purposes and that the budget proposals for 2018/19 were agreed by the Schools Forum on 18 January 2018 (Section 9 of the report)

 

Noted that the Prudential Code requires the setting and revision of the indicators to be carried out by the body that takes decisions in respect of the Borough’s budget

 

Approved the Prudential Indicators (Section 10 and Appendix C of the report) for the period 2016/17 – 2020/21

 

Agreed that the indicators, other than the authorised borrowing limit, which must be set and revised by Council, are initially set each year by the authority as part of its budget setting process and are monitored and revised as appropriate during the year by Cabinet

 

Agreed the arrangements for determining the Minimum Revenue Provision (Section 10 and Appendix D of the report) from 2018/19 onwards

 

Noted the comments on financial standing, future risk and robustness of the budget process (Section 11 Appendix E of the report).

 

Noted the comments of the Cabinet on 21 February 2018.

 

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Councillor Hyland, Leader of the Council, moved the recommendations. She noted that the Council had made budget efficiency savings which had been invested back into training, employment and service provision. 70% to 80% of the Council’s overspend was due to demand led pressures on child and adult social care and inflationary impact on contracts.  She advised that it was with reluctance that Adult Social Care Precept for 2018/19 was being set at 3%, with an additional council tax rise of 2.99% in support of homelessness and inflationary pressures.  She gave her sincere thanks and gratitude to all the Borough staff individually and collectively.

 

Council Hartley moved an amendment to the decision, as detailed in the published tabled item agenda.

 

In moving the amendment Council Hartley advised that the proposed amendment had been passed to the Leader of the Council, in advance of the meeting, and had been independently assessed as feasible and the proposed amendment would see exactly the same increase in Adult Social Care and Children’s Services funding and funding for homelessness as the Cabinet proposals with a 1.99% increase on the council tax on top of the 3% Social Care precept, as opposed to the proposed 2.99%.    He explained the proposed package of savings.

 

In seconding the amendment Councillor Elliott concurred that the proposal addressed the financial issues without further additional burden on the Borough’s residents. He added that whilst welcoming the identification that procurement savings were possible more needed to be done to buy in from suppliers within the local economy and support local employment.

 

Councillor Hyland did not accept the proposed amendment stating that the increase of 2.99% addressed the financial demands on the Council.  The Council would be adopting the 100% Council Tax support, as recommended by the Fairness Commission, in April 2019, which was as early as was possible. There was a legal requirement to produce statuary notices which the Greenwich Weekender met.  The facilitating of the trade unions paid for itself through collective bargaining, department reorganisations and saving cost related to employment tribunals.  Central Government was prescriptive as to the roles apprentices could be placed in but even with the restrictions several more placements were in the pipeline.  She continued that venues provided not only a location for essential staff training but also venues for social activities such as obesity awareness, physical activity classes and public health awareness sessions.  She questioned the fairness of asking residents to pay for other peoples rubbish collections.  She confirmed that the Council would look at social value for procurement in line with securing best value for the public purse.

 

Councillors Thorpe, C. Parker, J. Smith and Fahy, spoke against the proposed amendment.  It was noted that apprenticeships had fallen by 35% across the country.  The work of the trade unions avoided the use, by Council or staff, of using independent lawyers to resolve disagreements, which could take years and result in substantial expenditure.  A standing invitation for Councillor Hartley to visit the trade unions to see the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

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Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 233 KB

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This Matter was deferred to the next meeting of Council.

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Petition Response pdf icon PDF 110 KB

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This Matter was deferred to the next meeting of Council.

14.

Motion - "The Principle of Community Led Housing" pdf icon PDF 107 KB

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This Matter was deferred to the next meeting of Council.

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Motion - “BT InLinks for Eltham High Street" pdf icon PDF 111 KB

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This Matter was deferred to the next meeting of Council.

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Motion - “Landlords who lock tenants out" pdf icon PDF 106 KB

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This Matter was deferred to the next meeting of Council.