Greenwich Council

Agenda item.

Council Tax Base 2019-20

Decision:

Agreed a council tax base for the whole authority area for 2019/20 of 82,847.64 in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

Agreed an additional council tax base for the Gloucester Circus Garden Square area of the authority for 2019/20 of 96.18.

 

Agreed a continuance in 2019/20 of the Council Tax discount of 0% on Class A & Class B dwellings (second homes) and Class C & D dwellings (empty homes).

         

Agreed a Council Tax premium of 100% in 2019/20 in respect of the Long Term Empty dwellings (previously 50%).

 

Agreed a continuance in 2019/20 of the Council Tax discount of 100% in respect of Royal Borough of Greenwich resident care leavers, aged under 25, in line with the decision of Council in March 2017.

 

Agreed that no changes will be made to the Local Council Tax Support Scheme adopted by the Council on 30 January 2013 and the Scheme will be continued for 2019/20.

 

Noted that the council tax base relevant to the Southern Region of the Environment Agency for flood defence levy apportionment purposes in 2019/20 is 5,387.60.

 

Noted that the council tax base relevant to the Thames Region of the Environment Agency for flood defence levy apportionment purposes in 2019/20 is 77,460.04.

Minutes:

Councillors Norman Adams, Matt Clare, Denise Hyland, Sizwe James, Clive Mardner and Jackie Smith declared a financial interest as owners of a second property in the Borough and left the meeting for the duration of this item.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley, Leader of the Opposition proposed the Conservative Group amendment, as detailed in the published Tabled Items Agenda.

 

The amendment was seconded by Councillor Nigel Fletcher.

 

Councillor Christine Grice did not accept the amendment noting that the Council had a commitment to the recommendation in the Fairfunding report however the financial circumstances of the Council had changed and the details of the spending review of 2019 was not yet known which would affect the overall funding available.

 

Councillors Danny Thorpe and Mehboob Khan spoke against the amendment commenting on Government reductions to Council funding.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley refuted the claims made stating that some Local Authorities were doing what was proposed in the amendment and formally closed the debate.

 

In accordance with The Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England)

(Amendment) Regulations 2014, the Chief Executive called a recorded vote for the proposed amendment and decisions required.

 

In respect of the proposed Conservative Amendment.

 

G. Brighty, C. Davis, S. Drury, N. Fletcher, P. Greenwell, M. Hartley, J. Hills, R. Tester voted for the recommendation.

 

Councillors T. Ashikodi, L. Bird, S. Brain, A. Cornforth, A. Cousins, G. Dillon, L. Fletcher, D. Gardner, C. Grice, M. Hayes, I. Hawking, M. James, A. Khaireh, M. Khan, C. Kirby, A. Lekau, C. Lloyd, M. Lolavar, C. May, S. Merrill, M. Morrow, A. Okereke, G. Parker, L. Perks, D. Scott-McDonald, A. Smith, D. Stanley, D. Thorpe, M. Williams voted against the recommendations.

 

The amendment was lost.

 

Councillor Christine Grice, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, moved recommendation of the report, advising that this was largely a technical report outlining the proposed Council Tax Base which was a matter reserved for Council agreement.

 

Councillor Spencer Drury queried the removal of discounts on second homes and the doubling premium on long term empty homes.

 

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources stated she would respond in writing.

 

The Mayor formally closed the debate

 

In accordance with The Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England)

(Amendment) Regulations 2014, the Chief Executive called a recorded vote for the proposed amendment and decisions required.

 

In respect of the decisions required.

 

Councillors T. Ashikodi, L. Bird, S. Brain, A. Cornforth, A. Cousins, G. Dillon, L. Fletcher, D. Gardner, C. Grice, M. Hayes, M. James, A. Khaireh, M. Khan, C. Kirby, A. Lekau, C. Lloyd, M. Lolavar, C. May, S. Merrill, M. Morrow, A. Okereke, G. Parker, L. Perks, D. Scott-McDonald, A. Smith, D. Stanley, D. Thorpe, M. Williams voted for the recommendations.

 

No Members voted against the recommendations.

 

G. Brighty, C. Davis, S. Drury, N. Fletcher, P. Greenwell, M. Hartley, J. Hills, R. Tester abstained.

 

Resolved

 

1.               That a council tax base for the whole authority area for 2019/20 of 82,847.64 in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012 be agreed.

 

2.               That an additional council tax base for the Gloucester Circus Garden Square area of the authority for 2019/20 of 96.18 be agreed.

 

3.               That a continuance in 2019/20 of the Council Tax discount of 0% on Class A & Class B dwellings (second homes) and Class C & D dwellings (empty homes) be agreed.

 

4.               That a Council Tax premium of 100% in 2019/20 in respect of the Long Term Empty dwellings (previously 50%) be agreed.

 

5.               That a continuance in 2019/20 of the Council Tax discount of 100% in respect of Royal Borough of Greenwich resident care leavers, aged under 25, in line with the decision of Council in March 2017 be agreed.

 

6.               That no changes will be made to the Local Council Tax Support Scheme adopted by the Council on 30 January 2013 and the Scheme will be continued for 2019/20 be agreed.

 

7.               That the council tax base relevant to the Southern Region of the Environment Agency for flood defence levy apportionment purposes in 2019/20 is 5,387.60 be noted.

 

8.               That the council tax base relevant to the Thames Region of the Environment Agency for flood defence levy apportionment purposes in 2019/20 is 77,460.04 be noted.

 

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During the meeting Councillor Drury raised a point of order about Councillors signing more than two motions contrary to the constitution.

 

The Head of Legal advised those Councillors who had signed more than two motions to withdraw their name.

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