Agenda and minutes

Moved from 3 February 2021, The Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 2nd February, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: This meeting will be held virtually and a live audio stream can be listened to via www.winchester.gov.uk.

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies and Deputy Members

To note the names of apologies given and deputy members who are attending the meeting in place of appointed members.

Minutes:

No apologies were given.

 

2.

Declarations of Interests

To receive any disclosure of interests from Members and Officers in matters to be discussed.

 

Note:  Councillors are reminded of their obligations to declare disclosable pecuniary interests, personal and/or prejudicial interests in accordance with legislation and the Council’s Code of Conduct.      

 

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Minutes:

Councillor Hiscock declared a non-pecuniary interest concerning items upon the agenda that may be related to his role as a County Councillor.

 

Councillor Scott declared a personal (but not prejudicial) interest concerning agenda item 9, Housing Revenue Account Budget 2021/22 as he was a Council tenant.

 

3.

Chairperson's Announcements

Minutes:

There were no announcements.

 

4.

Minutes of the meeting of the 25th November 2020 pdf icon PDF 127 KB

That the minutes of the meeting be signed as a correct record.

Minutes:

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the previous meeting held on the 25th November 2020 be approved and adopted.

 

5.

Public Participation

To receive and note questions asked and statements made from members of the public on matters which fall within the remit of the Committee.

 

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Minutes:

No comments or questions were made during public participation.

 

6.

General Fund Budget 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 7 KB

Scrutiny Report Reference SC040

Cabinet Report Reference CAB3289

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Scrutiny report reference SC040

Cabinet report reference CAB3289

 

The Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Finance and Risk introduced the report which was being presented to Cabinet on the 11 February 2021.

 

The report, (SC040) requested the committee comment on the proposals within the cabinet report, ref CAB3289. CAB3289 set out the current financial challenges, updated members on the impact of the recent government settlement, updated on progress with work to reduce net operating costs and included proposals to ensure a balanced budget be maintained in 2021/22 whilst supporting the delivery of the key priorities of the Council Plan.

 

The committee asked questions and raised comments which were responded to by officers, the Deputy Leader, the Cabinet member for Built Environment and Wellbeing and the Cabinet member for Service Quality and Transformation accordingly and these comments were noted by the cabinet members present at the meeting.

 

RESOLVED:

 

The committee agreed that there were no particular matters that it wished to raise for Cabinet to consider further.

 

7.

Capital Investment Strategy 2021-2031 pdf icon PDF 7 KB

Scrutiny Report Reference SC037

Cabinet Report Reference CAB3283

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Scrutiny report reference SC037

Cabinet report reference CAB3283

 

The Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Finance and Risk introduced the report which was being presented to Cabinet on the 11 February 2021. The report (SC037) invited the committee to comment on the proposals within the cabinet report, ref CAB3283. CAB3283 set out the council's capital spending programme and the principles which underpin this to deliver the desired priorities as set out in the council plan. It detailed the overall programme for the next 10 years, how this would be financed, and the impact of the programme on the council’s medium term financial strategy.

 

The committee asked questions and raised comments which were responded to by officers, the Deputy Leader and the Cabinet member for Housing and Asset Management accordingly and these comments were noted by the cabinet members present at the meeting.

 

RESOLVED:

 

The committee agreed that there were no particular matters that it wished to raise for Cabinet to consider further.

 

8.

Treasury Management Strategy 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 7 KB

Scrutiny Report Reference SC038

Cabinet Report Reference CAB3282

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Scrutiny report reference SC038

Cabinet report reference CAB3282

 

The Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Finance And Risk introduced the report which was being presented to cabinet on the 11 February 2021. The report (SC038invited the committee to comment on the proposals within the cabinet report, ref CAB3282. CAB3282 set out the proposed Treasury Management Strategy Statement, including the Annual Investment Strategy for the council for 2021/22.

 

The committee asked questions and raised comments which were responded to by officers and the Deputy Leader accordingly, these comments were noted by the cabinet members present at the meeting.

 

RESOLVED:

 

The committee agreed that it would be useful to highlight year on year changes within the document.

 

 

9.

Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget 2021/22 and Procurement of Term Maintenance Contracts pdf icon PDF 6 KB

Scrutiny Report Reference SC039

Cabinet Report Reference CAB3290

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Scrutiny report reference SC039

Cabinet report reference CAB3290

 

The Cabinet member for Housing and Asset Management introduced the report which was being presented to Cabinet on the 11 February 2021. The report (SC039) invited the committee to comment on the proposals within the cabinet report, ref CAB3290. CAB3290 requested approval for the proposed HRA revenue budget for 2021/22 and approval for the capital programme budget proposal for 2021/22 and 10-year plan to 2030/31. Finally, the report included details of the HRA term maintenance contracts and would be seeking Cabinet approval for the proposed procurement actions requested.

 

Representatives of Tenants and Council Together (TACT) had been invited to comment upon the report but due to technical difficulties, had been unable to join the meeting.

 

The committee asked questions and raised comments which were responded to by officers and the Cabinet member for Housing and Asset Management accordingly, these comments were noted by the cabinet members present at the meeting.

 

 

RESOLVED:

 

The committee agreed that there were no particular matters that it wished to raise for Cabinet to consider further.

 

10.

Annual Council Plan Refresh 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 6 KB

Scrutiny Report Reference SC042

Cabinet Report Reference CAB3286

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Scrutiny report reference SC042

Cabinet report reference CAB3286

 

The Leader of the council introduced the report which was being presented to Cabinet on the 11 February 2021. The report (SC042) invited the committee to comment on the proposals within the cabinet report, ref CAB3286. CAB3286 set out a refreshed Council Plan which refined the actions and objectives for the coming years, taking into consideration the impact of and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. There were no proposed changes to the council’s five strategic priorities.

 

The committee asked questions and raised comments which were responded to by officers, the Leader and the Cabinet member for Built Environment and Wellbeing accordingly, these comments were noted by the cabinet members present at the meeting.

 

 

RESOLVED:

 

The committee agreed that there were no particular matters that it wished to raise for Cabinet to consider further.

 

11.

To note the Work Programme for 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Minutes:

The chairperson advised that the next meeting of the committee, on the 11 March 2021 would be attended by Chief Inspector Jon Turton, District Police Commander. It was also confirmed that group leaders were providing nominations to the mental health task and finish panel.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the work plan be noted

 

12.

To note the latest Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Minutes:

 

RESOLVED:

 

The forward play of key decisions for February 2021 was noted.

 

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