Agenda and decisions

County Council - Tuesday, 20 February 2024 10.30 am

Venue: Council Chamber - County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND. View directions

Contact: Colm Ó Caomhánaigh  Tel: 07393 001096; E-Mail:  colm.ocaomhanaigh@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Link: video link https://oxon.cc/FC20022024

Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 356 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 12 December 2023 (CC1) and to receive information arising from them.

 

2.

Apologies for Absence

3.

Declarations of Interest - see guidance note

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.

4.

Official Communications

5.

Appointments

To make any changes to the membership of scrutiny and other committees on the nomination of political groups and to note any changes to the Cabinet made by the Leader of the Council.

 

Decision:

Council approved the following changes to Committees:

 

Education & Young People Overview & Scrutiny Committee:

Cllr Corkin to replace Cllr Simpson

 

Place Overview & Scrutiny Committee:

Cllr Simpson to replace Cllr Constance

 

 

Council noted a change made by the Leader of the Council to one of the Cabinet positions:

 

Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Pete Sudbury, is now responsible for Climate Change, Environment & Future Generations.  The detailed responsibilities for this portfolio are as follows:

 

·       climate change mitigation

·       climate adaptation and resilience

·       lead flood authority incl Oxford flood alleviation

·       planetary boundaries and circular economy

·       ecology, nature recovery and enhancement

·       future generations

·       minerals strategy, waste disposal and recycling centres

·       Countryside operations and volunteers

·       ecology/archaeology/heritage

·       water strategy incl TW reservoir

·       energy strategy

·       tree strategy

·       highways verge and vegetation management strategy

 

6.

Petitions and Public Address

Members of the public who wish to speak on an item on the agenda at this meeting, or present a petition, can attend the meeting in person or ‘virtually’ through an online connection. Requests must be submitted no later than 9am one working day before the meeting i.e., 9am on Monday 19 February 2024. Requests to speak should be sent to committeesdemocraticservices@oxfordshire.gov.uk

 

If you are speaking ‘virtually’, you may submit 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 9am on the day of the meeting. Written submissions should be no longer than 1 A4 sheet.

 

7.

Pay Policy Statement 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 130 KB

Report of the Executive Director Resources and Section 151 Officer

 

The Localism Act 2011 (‘the Act’) requires all councils to agree and publish a Pay Policy Statement every financial year. The Act lays down requirements on the content of the statement. This requirement is supplemented by detailed guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government entitled ‘Openness and Accountability in Local Pay: Guidance under Section 40 of the Localism Act’.

 

Council is RECOMMENDED to consider and approve the 2024/25 Pay Policy Statement following approval at Remuneration Committee on 17 January 2024.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Recommendation approved unanimously.

 

8.

Budget and Business Planning 2024/25 - 2026/27 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Report by the Executive Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer

 

This report is the culmination of the Budget and Business Planning process for 2024/25 to 2026/27. It sets out the Cabinet’s proposed budget for 2024/25, medium term financial plan to 2026/27 and capital programme to 2033/34, together with a number of strategies and policies that the Council is required to approve for the 2024/25 financial year.

 

The Council is RECOMMENDED to:

 

a.    have regard to the statutory report of the Executive Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer (at Section 3) in approving recommendations b to d below;

 

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

(1)      the council tax and precept calculations for 2024/25 set out in Section 4.3 and in particular:

(i)            a precept of £498,633,415;

(ii)          a council tax for band D equivalent properties of £1,820.56;

(2)      a budget for 2024/25 as set out in Section 4.4;

(3)      a medium term financial strategy for 2024/25 to 2026/27 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 2024/25 at Section 4.5;

(5)      the Earmarked Reserves and General Balances Policy Statement 2024/25 at Section 4.6 including

(i)            the Executive Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer’s recommended level of General Balances for 2024/25 (Section 4.6), and

(ii)          the planned level of Earmarked Reserves for 2024/25 to 2026/27 (Section 4.6.1)

 

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

(1)      the Capital & Investment Strategy for 2024/25 to 2033/34 including the Prudential Indicators and Minimum Revenue Provision Methodology Statement as set out in Section 5.1;

(2)      a Capital Programme for 2023/24 to 2033/34 as set out in Section 5.4 which includes new capital proposals set out in Section 5.3.

 

d.    (in respect of treasury management – at Section 5) approve:

(1)      the Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy for 2024/25 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 2024/25 Treasury Management Strategy be delegated to the Executive Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Finance;

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

The recommendations in the Supplementary Report in Addenda 4 were approved with 37 votes in favour, 18 abstentions and no votes against.

 

The Council RESOLVED to:

 

a.     have regard to the statutory report of the Executive Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer set out in Amended Section 3.1 in approving recommendations b to d below;

 

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

 

(1)        the council tax and precept calculations for 2024/25 [at Cabinet Section 4.3] and in particular:

(i)              a precept of £498,633,415;

(ii)             a council tax for band D equivalent properties of £1,820.56;

(2)        a budget for 2024/25 [at Amended Cabinet Section 4.4 which incorporates the changes set out in Labour & Co-operative Group Section 4.2];

(3)        a medium term financial strategy for 2024/25 to 2026/27 [at Amended Cabinet Section 4.1 (which incorporates changes to the existing medium term financial strategy as set out in Cabinet Section 4.2 and amended by Labour & Co-operative Group Section 4.2)];

(4)        the Financial Strategy for 2024/25 [at Cabinet Section 4.5];

(5)        the Earmarked Reserves and General Balances Policy Statement 2024/25 [at Amended Cabinet Section 4.6 which incorporates Labour & Co-operative Group Section 4.6].  This includes:

(i)              the Executive Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer’s recommended level of General Balances for 2024/25 [at Amended Cabinet Section 4.6], and

(ii)             the planned level of Earmarked Reserves for 2024/25 to 2026/27 [at Amended Cabinet Section 4.6.1 which incorporates Labour & Co-operative Group Section 4.6].

 

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

(1)        the Capital & Investment Strategy for 2024/25 to 2033/34 including the Prudential Indicators and Minimum Revenue Provision Methodology Statement [at Amended Cabinet Section 5.1 which incorporates Labour & Co-operative Group Section 5.3];

(2)        a Capital Programme for 2023/24 to 2033/34 [at Amended Cabinet Section 5.4 which includes new capital proposals set out in Cabinet’s Section 5.3 which incorporates Labour & Co-Operative Group Section 5.3].

 

d.    (in respect of treasury management – at Section 5) approve:

(1)        the Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy for 2024/25 [at Cabinet 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 2024/25 Treasury Management Strategy be delegated to the Executive Director of Resources and Section 151 Officer in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Finance.