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Medium Term Financial Strategy (General Fund and
Housing Revenue Account)
Decision maker: Cabinet
Decision published: 19/02/2019
Effective from: 26/02/2019
Lead officer: Peter Hudson
Made at meeting: 18/02/2019 - Cabinet
Decision published: 18/02/2019
Cabinet recommends to Council that:
the level of the District’s own Council Tax for 2019/20 be
frozen, setting the Band D equivalent at £185.46; the same as
the proposed Revenue (General Fund) and Housing Revenue Account
2019/20 Budgets, as set out at Sections 3 and 4 of the
officer’s report be approved.
the proposed Capital Programme and associated borrowing 2018/19 to
2022/23, as set out at Section 5 of the officer’s report be
the 2018/19 Revised Housing Revenue Account and Capital Budgets, as
set out at Sections 4 and 5 of the officer’s report be
the precept figures from Nottinghamshire County Council,
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Police and Crime
Commissioner and the two Parish Council’s within the
District, be incorporated, when known, into the Council Tax
recommendation to Council on 4 March 2019.
the estimated financial challenge in the Medium Term Financial
Strategy for 2020/2021 and 2021/22, and the planned approach to
address the challenge as set out at Section 6 of the
officer’s report be noted.
an updated Medium Term Financial Strategy be brought back to
Cabinet after the 2018/19 Accounts have been closed and
the proposed use of reserves, as set out at (Table 6 Revenue) and
Table 11 (Housing Revenue Account) of the officer’s report be
the comments and advice of the Corporate Finance Manager (Section
151 Officer), provided in compliance with Section 25 of the Local
Government Act 2003, as to the robustness of the estimates included
in the 2019/20 Budget and the adequacy of the reserves for which
this budget provides (Section 7) be accepted and noted.
the Fees and Charges set out at paragraphs 3.10, 3.11, 3.12 and
3.13 of the officer’s report, which were not available for
inclusion in the Fees and Charges report submitted to Cabinet on 26
November 2018, be approved.
the use of in-year Capital Receipts up to 2020/21 to maximise
capitalisation opportunities arising from service transformation to
deliver efficiencies and improved services to residents and
clients, and thereby minimise the impact of costs on the revenue
budget, as included in the Flexible Use of Capital Receipts
Strategy 2018/19 approved by Council on 11 October 2018, be
REASON FOR DECISIONS
In accordance with the Local
Government Finance Act 1992 the Council must set its annual budget
by 10 March in the preceding financial year.
ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS CONSIDERED AND REASONS FOR
The District Council is able to
set a Council Tax increase of up to the greater of 2.99% or
£5 per annum without triggering a referendum. The proposal to
freeze the level of District Council Tax for 2019/20 was
recommended as the Council is able to set a balanced budget for
2019/20 without increasing the District’s Council Tax
Careful consideration has been
given to each of the proposed investments included in this report.
The investments proposed will support the Council in delivering its
Corporate Plan priorities and will further facilitate the
progression of the Council’s Digital Transformation Programme
for the benefit of residents and customers.
that the Interim Director Place
and Communities, in conjunction with the Leader, be delegated
authority to commission a high level feasibility study into local
economic growth opportunities linked to the proposed Maid Marian
REASONS FOR DECISION
The Maid Marian line rail link
between Sutton Parkway, to Toton was first proposed by Ashfield
District Council and is now one of the options being considered by
HS2 Steering Group to support connectivity with Toton. In order to
further inform discussion and decision making a high level economic
growth study is proposed.
The option not to undertake a
study is an option was not recommended as this would mean that the
potential for local economic growth was overlooked.
Wards affected: Kirkby Cross and Portland;
Lead officer: Robert Mitchell
that initiatives to support town centres and green
providing a number of parking bays for free two
hours parking and changes to car parking charges
installing electric vehicle charging bays within a
number of car parks
alterations to the boundary of Piggins Croft Car
that officers start undertaking preparations to
commence the legal process for varying the existing Ashfield
District Council Civil Enforcement Off Street Parking Order to
enable the initiatives detailed at (a) above.
that £24,200 be allocated from the
Regeneration Reserve to fund the costs associated with a new
Parking Order, upgrading of parking machines and line marking for
the two hour free bays.
REASONS FOR DECISIONS
A revised Parking Order will be
required to implement the following changes to parking
Revise the current car parking charges and to
provide up to two hours free parking in the three main town centre
car parks within a number of designated and ‘marked
out’ spaces only.
The installation of electric vehicle charging points
within a number of car parks within the District. This will support
the development of the charging point network across
Nottinghamshire, supporting increased use of electric vehicles and
reducing air pollution.
To increase the area covered by the Parking Order at
Piggins Croft car park, Hucknall to include land acquired during
the purchase of the property occupied by Wilkinson’s and
Central Walk retail properties to ensure effective enforcement
action can be undertaken when necessary.
The option not to vary the
Ashfield District Council Civil Enforcement Off Street Parking
Order was not recommended as it would not allow the initiatives to
support town centres and green travel.
The option to provide two hours
free parking in all car parks was not recommended as the cost would
be prohibitive. Additional costs would include alterations to seven
ticket machines at an estimated cost of £14,000. There would
also be significant loss of income from ticket sales, as total
sales for two hour tickets in 2017 were £64,000.
The option not to introduce
electric vehicle charging points was not recommended as all costs
were being met through a grant secured by Nottingham City
Wards affected: (All Wards);
Lead officer: Carol Cooper-Smith
that the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
Economic Prosperity Committee Terms of Reference, as attached at appendix 1
of the officer’s report be approved.
that authority be delegated to the Leader, Chief Executive and
Monitoring Officer to make any future minor non substantive changes
to the Terms of Reference.
In order to acknowledge and
approve the revised terms of reference for the Nottingham and
Nottinghamshire Economic Prosperity Committee following a
The option not to approve the
revisions and to seek further discussion at the EPC regarding the
details of the terms of reference was not recommended due to the
relatively minor and positive changes to the Terms of
the Annual Investment Strategy be
the revised Minimum Revenue Provision Policy be
the proposed Prudential Indicators be
that the remaining content of officer’s report
The recommendations to Council
will allow for effective Treasury Management operations within the
Authority, the revised Minimum Revenue Provision Policy will ensure
that Minimum Revenue Provision charges will be applied more
effectively and the Prudential Indicator ratios offer a benchmark
by which any future capital expenditure decisions should be made.
The Treasury Management Code of Practice requires Council approval
of these Policies.
There were no alternative
options considered as it is a requirement of the CIPFA Treasury
Management Code for all Local Authorities to have a Treasury
Management Strategy Statement (TMSS).
the Capital Strategy be approved.
the non-treasury Investment Strategy, as set out at
appendix 1 of the officer’s report, and the annex that
documents the processes and responsibilities in respect of
Commercial Property Investment, be approved.
that subject to the receipt and evaluation of
expected CIPFA guidance in respect of Commercial Investment
Property acquisitions it be noted that it may be necessary to
submit a revised Capital Strategy for Council approval, as detailed
at paragraph 6.2 of the officer’s report.
The Capital Strategy provides
an overarching framework on how capital investment decisions should
be undertaken by the Authority. It is a statutory requirement to
produce a Capital Strategy from 2019/20.
To not have a Capital Strategy
is not an option as this is a requirement of the CIPFA Prudential
Code which all Local Authorities need to observe.
Lead officer: Craig Bonar
Decision maker: Director Housing and Assets
Lead officer: Paul Parkinson
Tenders/Quotations for Compliance and
Facilities Management activities (to domestic and non-domestic
assets as required and relevant, in accordance with Contract
The Council currently procures suppliers,
contractors and consultants/specialists to carry out servicing,
maintenance and repair functions to enable the Council to meet to
meet its responsibilities regarding compliance with standards,
regulations and the like, and to provide facilities management
services to enable council buildings and activities to function
safely and effectively.
Decision maker: Cabinet Member (Outward Focus)
Decision published: 15/02/2019
Effective from: 23/02/2019
Lead officer: Ian Bailey