Agenda, decisions and minutes

Council Tax, Council
Wednesday, 27th February, 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Town Hall

Contact: Anthony Clements tel: 01708 433065  Email: anthony.clements@oneSource.co.uk

Items
No. Item

67.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 755 KB

To sign as a true record the minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 23 January 2019 (attached).

 

Decision:

Minutes of meeting held on 23 January 2019 – approved.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 23 January 2019 were before the council for approval.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 23 January 2019 be approved as a correct record.

68.

DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS

Members are invited to disclose any interest in any of the items on the agenda at this point of the meeting. 

 

Members may still disclose any interest in an item at any time prior to the consideration of the matter.

 

Note – please also refer to note (2) on the final page of the agenda.

 

Decision:

All Members present disclosed a pecuniary interest in item 7 – Members’ Allowances Scheme 2019/20 as they were in receipt of a Member’s Allowance and a pecuniary interest in agenda item 8 – the Council’s Budget 2019/20 as they were occupiers of land with a liability for Council Tax.

 

Legal dispensation to allow all Members to take part in the meeting and vote in such instances – agreed without division.

 

Minutes:

As shown below, all Members present disclosed an interest in agenda item 7 Members’ Allowances Scheme as they were in receipt of Members’ Allowances and in agenda item 8 – the Council’s Budget 2019/20 as they were occupiers of land with a liability for Council Tax.

 

The legal granting of a dispensation allowing all members to take part in the meeting and votes in such instances was AGREED without division.

 

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Barry Mugglestone, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Bob Perry, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Brian Eagling, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Carol Smith, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Carole Beth, Personal, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Christine Smith, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Christine Vickery, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Christopher Wilkins, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Ciaran White, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Damian White, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Darren Wise, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor David Durant, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Denis O'Flynn, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Dilip Patel, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Gerry O'Sullivan, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Gillian Ford, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Graham Williamson, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Jan Sargent, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Jason Frost, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Jeffrey Tucker, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor John Crowder, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor John Mylod, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor John Tyler, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Joshua Chapman, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Judith Holt, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Keith Darvill, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Linda Hawthorn, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Maggie Themistocli, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Martin Goode, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Matt Sutton, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Melvin Wallace, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Michael Deon Burton, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.

 

7. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME.

Councillor Michael White, Pecuniary, In receipt of Members' Allowance.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 68.

69.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE MAYOR, BY THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL OR BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE

To receive announcements (if any).

Minutes:

The Mayor passed on best wishes to Councillor Barrett who had been taken ill recently and thanked those members of Council staff who had assisted Councillor Barrett when this had occurred.

 

The Mayor passed on condolences to Andre Rosindell MP whose mother had recently passed away.

 

The Mayor had recently met with the High Commissioner of New Zealand. The Mayor also reported on his recent charity event for Burns Night and on the Mayor’s variety show as well as on forthcoming events including a Danceathon.

 

 

70.

PROCEDURE

To consider any procedural motion in relation to the conduct of business for this meeting.

71.

MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES SCHEME pdf icon PDF 291 KB

Report attached.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Procedural motion that Councillor Tucker be not heard for the remainder of this item AGREED by 27 votes to 5.

 

Following debate, amendment on behalf of Residents, Independent Residents and Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Associations Groups NOT AGREED by 33 votes to 18; deemed motion on behalf of Administration that the report be adopted and its recommendations carried into effect AGREED by 33 votes to 10.

Minutes:

During debate on this item, a Procedural Motion that Councillor Tucker be not heard for the remainder of this item was AGREED by 27 votes to 5 (see division 1).

 

A report of the Chief Executive proposed the Members’ Allowances Scheme 2019/20.

 

Deemed motion on behalf of the Administration

 

That the report be adopted and its recommendations carried into effect.

 

Amendment by the Residents’ Group, Independent Residents’ Group and the Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Associations Group

 

That opposition leaders allowances be reinstated to their pre-May 2018 level namely,

Leader of the Opposition £14,418

Leader of Minority Opposition Groups £4,000

(No other changes proposed).

 

 

Following debate, the amendment on behalf of Residents, Independent Residents and Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Associations Groups was NOT AGREED by 33 votes to 18 (see division 2) and the deemed motion on behalf of the Administration that the report be adopted and its recommendations carried into effect was AGREED by 33 votes to 10 (see division 3).

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.            That the Members’ Allowances scheme, as shown in appendix 1 to these minutes, becomes effective from 1st April 2019 and the existing scheme be revoked with effect from the same date.

 

2.            That there is no proposed increase in the basic allowance or SRAs.

 

72.

THE COUNCIL'S BUDGET 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 193 KB

A To consider the report of Cabinet of 13 February 2019 (attached);

 

B To note the decision of the Greater London Authority on its budget and precept for 2019/20 and the effect thereof on the Council’s budget;

 

C To agree a budget for 2019/20 and then

 

D To set the Council Tax for 2019/20

 

NOTE: ALL RELEVANT REPORTS FROM THECABINET MEETING OF 13 FEBRUARY 2019 ARE ATTACHED FOR MEMBERS’ INFORMATION.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Following debate, amendment on behalf of Residents, Independent Residents and Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Associations Group NOT AGREED by 29 votes to 24; deemed motion that the report of Cabinet be adopted, its recommendations carried into effect and the Council Tax be set AGREED by 29 votes to 18.

 

Council Tax set at £1,728.66 for a band D property.

Minutes:

Council had before it a report of the Cabinet incorporating the budget proposals for 2019/20. This referred to reports presented to Cabinet at its meeting on 13 February 2019 which were also included in the agenda papers for the Council meeting.

 

Deemed motion on behalf of the Administration

 

That the report be adopted and its recommendations carried into effect.

 

Amendment by the Residents’ Group, Independent Residents’ Group and the Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Associations Group

 

Alternative Budget to be amended as detailed in appendix 2 to these minutes.

 

 

Following debate, the amendment on behalf of the Residents, Independent Residents and Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Associations Group was NOT AGREED by 29 votes to 24 and the deemed motion that the report of Cabinet be adopted, its recommendations carried into effect and the Council Tax be set was AGREED by 29 votes to 18.

 

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.            That the following as submitted in the report to Cabinet of 13 February 2019 be approved:

 

·           The General Fund budget for 2019/20

·           The Council Tax for Band D properties and for other Bands of properties, all as set out in Appendix A of the Cabinet report.

·           The Delegated Schools’ Budget for 2019/20, as set out in section 2.5 of the Cabinet report.

·           The Capital Programme for 2019/20 as set out in the Capital Strategy and Programme Report reported to Cabinet on 13 February 2019.

·           That it pass a resolution as set out in section 11.3 of the Cabinet report to enable Council Tax discounts to be given at the 2019/20 level.

 

2.            The Council delegate authority to the Chief Financial Officer to adjust the Corporate Risk Budget to account for any further variations that may arise.

 

3.            That, in accepting recommendation 1, Council is mindful of the advice of the Chief Finance Officer as set out in section 10 of the report to Cabinet.

 

4.            That it be noted that under delegated powers the Chief Finance Officer has calculated the amount of 88,636 (called T in the Act and Regulations) as its Council Tax base for the year 2019/20 in accordance with regulation 3 of the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 1992 (as amended) made under Section 31B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended.

 

5.            That the amount of £124,812,783 be now calculated as the Council Tax requirement for the Council’s own purposes for 2019/20, with £9,160,530 of that amount being ringfenced for Adult Social Care.

 

6.         That the following amounts be now calculated by the Council for the year 2019/20 in accordance with Sections 31 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended:

 

 

(a)

£501,307,261

being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act.

(b)

(£376,494,478)

being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(3) of the Act.

 

(c)

£124,812,783

being the amount by which the aggregate at 5(a) above exceeds the aggregate at  ...  view the full minutes text for item 72.

73.

VOTING RECORD pdf icon PDF 183 KB

Minutes:

The record of voting decisions is attached at appendix 3.