Greenwich Council

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Budget and Council Tax Setting

Meeting: 28/02/2018 - Council (Item 11)

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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.



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