Agenda and decisions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 589 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 8 December 2020 (CC1) and to receive information arising from them.

 

Additional documents:

2.

Apologies for Absence

Decision:

There were none.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Members are reminded that they must declare their interests orally at the meeting and specify (a) the nature of the interest and (b) which items on the agenda are the relevant items. This applies also to items where members have interests by virtue of their membership of a district council in Oxfordshire.

Decision:

Councillor Laura Price declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 8, by virtue of her position as Chief Executive at Oxfordshire Community & Voluntary Action (OCVA).

 

Councillor Jenny Hannaby declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 8, by virtue of her position as trustee of a local Nursing home in Wantage.

4.

Official Communications

Decision:

Council welcomed Anita Bradley, newly appointed Director for Law & Governance & Monitoring Officer.

 

Council paid tribute and held a minute’s silence in memory of former County Councillor and Honorary Alderman Margaret Ferriman.

 

Council expressed its gratitude to staff for their dedication, professionalism and commitment in the face of difficulties during the pandemic.   Special thanks was given to the firefighters, emergency planners, highways staff, social care teams and many others have had to respond to the flooding while continuing to manage the local response to the pandemic and their business as usual duties.

5.

Appointments

To make any changes to the membership of the Cabinet, scrutiny and other committees on the nomination of political groups.

Decision:

There were none.

6.

Petitions and Public Address

This Council meeting will be held virtually in order to conform with current guidelines regarding social distancing. Normally requests to speak at this public meeting are required by 9 am on the day preceding the published date of the meeting. However, during the current situation and to facilitate these new arrangements we are asking that requests to speak are submitted by no later than 9am four working days before the meeting i.e. 9 am on 3 February 2021. Requests to speak should be sent to deborah.miller@oxfordshire.gov.uk together with a written statement of your presentation to ensure that if the technology fails then your views can still be taken into account. A written copy of your statement can be provided no later than 9 am 2 working days before the meeting.

 

Where a meeting is held virtually and the addressee is unable to participate virtually their written submission will be accepted.

 

Written submissions should be no longer than 1 A4 sheet.

 

Decision:

Council received the following Petiton and Public Address:

 

Petition

 

A Petition from Ms Jean Conway on behalf of Campaign 20’s Plenty for Oxfordshire requesting clarification on how 20mph would be facilitated and rolled out across the county.

 

Public Address

 

Mr Chris Hancock, Appleford-on-Thames Parish Council regarding the relief road from Didcot to Clifton Hampden.

 

7.

Pay Policy Statement - Report of the Remuneration Committee pdf icon PDF 208 KB

Report by the Director for Human Resources (CC7)

 

The Remuneration Committee is required to report annually to Council on the Pay Policy Statement. The Remuneration Committee considered this report on 25 January 2021 and now submit it for approval to Council on 9 February 2021.

 

The Council is RECOMMENDED to:

(a)       receive the report of the Remuneration Committee;

(b)       approve the revised Pay Policy Statement at Annex 1 to this report;

(c)       approve the Gender Pay Gap Report at Annex 2 to this report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Recommendations Agreed (nem con).

8.

Budget And Business Planning 2021/22 - 2025/26 - Corporate Plan pdf icon PDF 236 KB

Report by Director of Finance and Corporate Director Customers, Organisational Development & Resources (CC8)

 

This report is the culmination of the Budget and Business Planning process for 2021/22 to 2025/26. It sets out the Cabinet’s proposed budget for 2021/22, medium term financial plan to 2025/26 and capital programme to 2030/31, together with a number of strategies and policies that the Council is required to approve for the 2021/22 financial year.

 

The report is divided into four main sections which are outlined below:

 

Section 1 – Leader of the Council’s overview (to follow)

Section 2 – Corporate Plan

Section 3 – Statutory Report by the Director of Finance (Chief Finance Officer)

Section 4 – Revenue Budget Strategy

Section 5 – Capital Budget Strategy

 

The Council is RECOMMENDED to:

 

(a)           approve the Corporate Plan as set out in Section 2;

 

(b)           have regard to the statutory report of the Director of Finance (at Section 3) in approving recommendations c to e below;

 

(c)           (in respect of the budget and medium term financial strategy – at Section 4) approve:

(1)           the council tax and precept calculations for 2021/22 set out in Section 4.3 and in particular:

(i)             a precept of £407,954,238.76;

(ii)           a council tax for band D equivalent properties of £1,573.11;

(2)           a budget for 2021/22 as set out in Section 4.4;

(3)           a medium term financial strategy for 2021/22 to 2025/26 as set out in Section 4.1 (which incorporates changes to the existing medium term financial strategy as set out in Section 4.2);

(4)           the Financial Strategy for 2021/22 at Section 4.5;

(5)           the Earmarked Reserves and General Balances Policy Statement 2021/22 at Section 4.6 including:

(i)             the Chief Finance Officer’s recommended level of General Balances for 2021/22 (Section 4.6), and

(ii)           the planned level of Earmarked Reserves for 2021/22 to 2025/26 (Section 4.6)

(d)           (in respect of capital – at Section 5) approve:

(1)           the Capital & Investment Strategy for 2021/22 to 2030/31 including the Prudential Indicators and Minimum Revenue Provision Methodology Statement as set out in Section 5.1;

(2)           a Capital Programme for 2021/22 to 2030/31 as set out in Section 5.5 which includes new capital proposals set out in Section 5.6 and the Property Strategy set out in Section 5.4; and

(3)           the Investment Strategy for 2021/22 set out in Section 5.3.

(e)           (in respect of treasury management) approve:

(1)           the Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy for 2021/22 at Section 5.2 including the Treasury Management Prudential Indicators and the Specified Investment and Non-Specified Investment Instruments.

(2)           that any further changes required to the 2021/22 strategy be delegated to the Chief Finance Officer in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Finance.

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

Before the Council was the report and annexes, an Addenda setting out the changes to the Cabinet’s proposed revenue budget for 2021/22 and Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) to 2025/26 arising from information received after the publication of Council papers on 1 February 2021; the Labour Group’s  Amendment; the Leader of the Council’s Overview and the Schedule of Business.

 

Having heard the proposal, with the consent of Council, Councillor Hudspeth accepted the Amendment from the Labour Group as shown below:

 

The Council is RECOMMENDED (in respect of the budget and medium term financial strategy – at Section 4)to approve a budget for 2021/22 set out in Section 4.4 and a medium term financial strategy for 2021/22 – 2025/26 set out in Section 4.1 as amended in Labour Group Annex 1 (below)

 

The motion as amended was carried by 48 votes to 15.

 

RESOLVED: to:

 

(a)           approve the Corporate Plan as set out in Section 2;

 

(b)           have regard to the statutory report of the Director of Finance (at Section 3) in approving recommendations c to e below;

 

(c)           (in respect of the budget and medium term financial strategy – at Section 4) approve:

(1)    the council tax and precept calculations for 2021/22 set out in Section 4.3 and in particular:

(i)                a precept of £407,954,238.76;

(ii)              a council tax for band D equivalent properties of £1,573.11;

(2)              a budget for 2021/22 as set out in Section 4.4;

(3)              a medium term financial strategy for 2021/22 to 2025/26 as set out in Section 4.1 (which incorporates changes to the existing medium term financial strategy as set out in Section 4.2);

(4)              the Financial Strategy for 2021/22 at Section 4.5;

(5)              the Earmarked Reserves and General Balances Policy Statement 2021/22 at Section 4.6 including:

(i)            the Chief Finance Officer’s recommended level of General Balances for 2021/22 (Section 4.6), and

(ii)              the planned level of Earmarked Reserves for 2021/22 to 2025/26 (Section 4.6)

(d)           (in respect of capital – at Section 5) approve:

(1)           the Capital & Investment Strategy for 2021/22 to 2030/31 including the Prudential Indicators and Minimum Revenue Provision Methodology Statement as set out in Section 5.1;

(2)           a Capital Programme for 2021/22 to 2030/31 as set out in Section 5.5 which includes new capital proposals set out in Section 5.6 and the Property Strategy set out in Section 5.4; and

(3)           the Investment Strategy for 2021/22 set out in Section 5.3.

(e)           (in respect of treasury management) approve:

(1)           the Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy for 2021/22 at Section 5.2 including the Treasury Management Prudential Indicators and the Specified Investment and Non-Specified Investment Instruments.

(2)           that any further changes required to the 2021/22 strategy be delegated to the Chief Finance Officer in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Finance.

(f)         to approve a budget for 2021/22 set out in Section 4.4 and a medium term financial strategy for 2021/22 – 2025/26 set out in Section 4.1 as amended in Labour  ...  view the full decision text for item 8.