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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Mr Peter Thornton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance.
DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST
Members are invited to disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises
1 Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.
2 Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses. (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
3 Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority
(a) Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and
(b) Which has not been fully discharged.
4 Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority.
5 Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer.
6 Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)
(a) The landlord is the authority; and
(b) The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial interest.
7 Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where
(a) That body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the area of the authority; and
(b) Either –
(i) The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or
(ii) If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.
In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.
A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners).
There were no disclosures of interest on this occasion.
To receive the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 18 October 2018 (copy enclosed)
RESOLVED, that the minutes of the meeting held on 18 October 2018 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC
To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any item on the agenda.
RESOLVED, that the press and public be admitted to the meeting for all items of business.
STATEMENTS BY THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL AND CABINET MEMBERS
To receive statements by the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members.
The Leader welcomed Cllr P Bell to the meeting, Cllr Bell had recently been appointed as the Cabinet Member for Health and Care.
The Leader informed that Mrs A Jones had recently been appointed as Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure. Cabinet Members expressed their congratulations and offered best wishes.
There were no questions, petitions or statements at the time of despatch
There were no questions, petitions or statements made at this meeting.
To consider a report from the Director of Finance (Section 151 Officer) (To follow)
The Leader presented a report regarding the Development of the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) for 2019 to 2022.
Members were informed that the Council was continuing to deal with significant financial challenges. It was explained that by the end of 2018/19 the Council would have agreed budget savings of £249m since 2011/12. It was noted that for the period of the next Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP 2019/20-2021/22 the Council would need to deliver a further £49m of savings which meant that between 2011/12-2021/22 the Council would have made a total of £298m of permanent savings from its day to day (revenue) budget.
Cabinet were informed of the financial planning assumptions for the period of the new three year MTFP (2019–2022) set within the Council Plan (2018?2022). The report updated the 2018-2022 Budget Planning position, agreed by Council in February which proposed the approach that would be taken to deliver the savings required to achieve a balanced budget over the three year period (2019?2022).
The Leader shared a copy of the consultation document and informed that consultation would be launched on the close of the meeting and would ask for feedback from the public on the proposed 1.99% increase in Council Tax for general purposes in 2019/2020. An increase of 2.00% to support Adult Social Care Services was also assumed in the Budget Proposal. This would be consistent with current 2018/19 Council Tax Levels.
A discussion took place regarding the pressures facing the Council, specific reference was made to Children’s Social Care and the impact of austerity on communities leading to demand pressures upon Council services. The Leader explained a number of assumptions that had been made in preparing the budget proposal and in relation to 2020 onwards, the uncertainty facing Councils as we await the results of the Spending Review 2019 and recent consultations from government concerning Fair Funding and the Local Retention of Business Rates. The MTFP assumes that we will continue to receive no less funding from Business Rates, Top Up Grant and the Better Care Fund post 2020.
It was explained that the majority of savings for the next year would be made from promoting independence, which is a continuation of this year’s programme.
The Leader thanked Cabinet Members and Officers for their hard work in preparing the MTFP and gave special thanks to the late Cllr I Stewart for his dedication and commitment in preparing the budget.
(1) the revised Budget Gap position of £22.730m for 2019/20 and the proposals identified within the report to provide a balanced budget for 2019/20 be noted;
(2) on the basis of the balanced budget proposals (set out within the published report), consultation with the public on the level of Council Tax for 2019/20 of 1.99% increase in general Council Tax and 2.00% increase for the Adult Social Care precept be approved;
(3) the revised Budget Gap for 2020/21 and 2021/22 which results in additional savings of £39.898m still required to be identified ... view the full minutes text for item 61.
To consider a report from the Chief Fire Officer (copy enclosed)
The Cabinet Member for Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue presented a report regarding the Fire and Rescue National Framework for England which set out the requirement for all Fire and Rescue Authorities to provide assurance annually on financial, governance and operational matters. The report sets out the approach adopted by Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and sought sign?off of the Statement of Assurance 2017/18.
RESOLVED, that the Statement of Assurance 2017/18 be approved.
To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)
The Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure presented a report which set out proposals for the Cumbria Scheme for 2019/2020 including the reimbursement rate to be paid to transport operators.
(1) publication, in accordance with paragraph 12, of the 2019/20 Cumbria Concessionary travel Scheme (as set out in Appendix 1 to the report) which maintains the ENCTS basic reimbursement rate at 58% be approved;
(2) following publication of the 2019/20 scheme any non-substantial amendments can be approved by the Executive Director for Economy and Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport.