Decisions

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Decisions published

17/01/2022 - REVENUE BUDGET 2022/23 ref: 4575    For Determination

Decision Maker: Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Made at meeting: 17/01/2022 - Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2022

Effective from: 17/01/2022

Decision:

RECOMMENDED TO CABINET:

 

(1)  That Cabinet approves the decrease in the 2021/22 working budget of £111k, as detailed in table 5;

 

(2)  That Cabinet recommends to Council to note the position on the Collection Fund and how it will be funded;

 

(3)  That Cabinet recommends to Council to note the position relating to the General Fund balance and that due to the risks identified a minimum balance of £2.95 million is recommended;

 

(4)  That Cabinet recommends to Council to approve the saving and investments as detailed in Appendix B;

 

(5)  That Cabinet recommends to Council to approve a net expenditure budget of £18.123m, as detailed in Appendix C.

 

(6)  That Cabinet recommends to Council to approve a Council Tax increase of £5 or a band D property (other bands with pro-rata increases). This is in line with the Medium Term Financial Strategy and is equivalent to 2.08%.

 

REASON FOR RECOMMENDATIONS: To ensure that all relevant factors are considered in arriving at a proposed budget and Council Tax level for 2022/23, to be considered by Full Council on 10 February 2022. To ensure that the budget is aligned to Council priorities for 2022/23 as set out in the Council Plan.

 

 

 

Lead officer: Ian Couper


17/01/2022 - INVESTMENT STRATEGY (INTEGRATED CAPITAL AND TREASURY) ref: 4576    For Determination

Decision Maker: Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Made at meeting: 17/01/2022 - Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2022

Effective from: 17/01/2022

Decision:

RECOMMENDED TO CABINET:

 

(1)  That Cabinet recommends to Council the adoption of the Investment Strategy (as attached at Appendix A), including the capital programme and prudential indicators;

 

(2)  That Cabinet recommends to Council the adoption of the four clauses in relation to the Code of Practice on Treasury Management (as detailed in paragraphs 8.12 to 8.17)

 

REASON FOR RECOMMENDATIONS:

 

(1)  To ensure that the capital programme meets the Council’s objectives and officers can plan the implementation of the approved schemes.

 

(2)  To ensure the Council’s compliance with CIPFA’s code of practice on Treasury Management, the Local Government Act 2003, statutory guidance from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and the CIPFA Prudential Code. As well as determining and managing the Councils risk appetite in respect of investments.

 

Lead officer: Dean Fury


17/01/2022 - POSSIBLE AGENDA ITEMS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS ref: 4577    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Made at meeting: 17/01/2022 - Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2022

Effective from: 17/01/2022

Decision:

The Chair requested that, should any Members have any suggestions for agenda items for future meetings, they advise himself, officers or the Committee Clerk


17/01/2022 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ref: 4573    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Made at meeting: 17/01/2022 - Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2022

Effective from: 17/01/2022

Decision:

There was none.


17/01/2022 - CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS ref: 4572    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Made at meeting: 17/01/2022 - Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2022

Effective from: 17/01/2022

Decision:

 

(1)       The Chair welcomed those present at the meeting, especially those who had attended to give a presentation;

 

(2)       The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council Policy, the meeting would be audio recorded;

 

(3)       The Chair drew attention to the item on the agenda front pages regarding Declarations of Interest and reminded Members that, in line with the Code of Conduct, any Declarations of Interest needed to be declared immediately prior to the item in question.

 

(4)       The Chair drew attention to a supplementary agenda pack for item 7 that had been published containing an updated version of Appendix A owing to a technical problem with the original document.


17/01/2022 - NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS ref: 4571    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Made at meeting: 17/01/2022 - Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2022

Effective from: 17/01/2022

Decision:

There was no other business notified.


17/01/2022 - MINUTES - 15 DECEMBER 2021 ref: 4570    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Made at meeting: 17/01/2022 - Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2022

Effective from: 17/01/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED:That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 15 December 2021 be approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair.


17/01/2022 - APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE ref: 4569    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Made at meeting: 17/01/2022 - Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2022

Effective from: 17/01/2022

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Adem Ruggerio-Cakir.


17/01/2022 - UPDATED CONTRACT PROCUREMENT RULES FOR 2022/2023 ref: 4574    For Determination

Decision Maker: Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Made at meeting: 17/01/2022 - Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Decision published: 18/01/2022

Effective from: 17/01/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee considers the proposed changes and recommends their adoption to Full Council.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: That the Contract Procurement Rules are part of the Constitution (under Section 20) and are revised and updated periodically as part of the Council’s governance and procurement review processes, contributing to effective organisational internal control.

 

Lead officer: Isabelle Alajooz


13/01/2022 - NATIONAL NON-DOMESTIC RATE RETURN 1 (NNDR1) - 2022/23 ref: 4566    For Determination

Decision Maker: Council Tax Setting Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2022 - Council Tax Setting Committee

Decision published: 17/01/2022

Effective from: 13/01/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee:

 

(1)       Approve the Draft NNDR 1

 

(2)       Note that a draft version of the NNDR was sent to Councils by the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) at 17.09hrs on Friday 17th December 2021.  The final version of the NNDR 1 will need to be returned to DLUHC by Monday 31st January 2022.

 

(3)       Delegate any amendments to the return resulting from changes to the form and any additional guidance, to the Service Director – Customers in consultation with the Service Director – Resources and the Committee Chair.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS: To comply with statutory requirements.

Lead officer: Jo Dufficy


13/01/2022 - COUNCIL TAX BASE 2022/2023 ref: 4565    For Determination

Decision Maker: Council Tax Setting Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2022 - Council Tax Setting Committee

Decision published: 17/01/2022

Effective from: 13/01/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED: That the Committee:

 

(1)        Set a non-collection rate of 1% for 2022/2023.

 

(2)        Set the Council Tax Base for 2022/2023 at 49,964.8

 

(3)       Agree the individual sums shown in Appendix A for each Parish

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS: To fulfil the statutory requirement to set a Council Tax Base for the District and to enable Major and Local Precepting Authorities to set their levels of Council Tax for 2022/2023.

 

N.B Subsequent to the meeting some errors were identified in Appendix A which refer to several of the individual parish amounts but not to the overall total. The correct figures are therefore attached and can be found here: https://srvmodgov01.north-herts.gov.uk/documents/s18503/Revised%20Appendix%20A%202022-2023.pdf

Lead officer: Jo Dufficy


13/01/2022 - PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ref: 4564    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council Tax Setting Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2022 - Council Tax Setting Committee

Decision published: 17/01/2022

Effective from: 13/01/2022

Decision:

There was no public participation at this meeting.


13/01/2022 - CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS ref: 4567    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council Tax Setting Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2022 - Council Tax Setting Committee

Decision published: 17/01/2022

Effective from: 13/01/2022

Decision:

(1)       The Chair welcomed those present at the meeting, especially those who had attended to give a presentation;

 

(2)       The Chair advised that, in accordance with Council Policy, the meeting would be audio recorded;

 

(3)       The Chair drew attention to the item on the agenda front pages regarding Declarations of Interest and reminded Members that, in line with the Code of Conduct, any Declarations of Interest needed to be declared immediately prior to the item in question.


13/01/2022 - NOTIFICATION OF OTHER BUSINESS ref: 4563    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council Tax Setting Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2022 - Council Tax Setting Committee

Decision published: 17/01/2022

Effective from: 13/01/2022

Decision:

There was no other business notified.


13/01/2022 - MINUTES - 25 FEBRUARY 2021 ref: 4562    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council Tax Setting Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2022 - Council Tax Setting Committee

Decision published: 17/01/2022

Effective from: 13/01/2022

Decision:

RESOLVED:That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 25 February 2021 be approved as a true record of the proceedings and be signed by the Chair.


13/01/2022 - APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE ref: 4561    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council Tax Setting Committee

Made at meeting: 13/01/2022 - Council Tax Setting Committee

Decision published: 17/01/2022

Effective from: 13/01/2022

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg.

 

Councillor Sam North gave his apologies and advised that he was running late but would join the meeting when he arrived.