Agenda and decisions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Minutes

To approve and sign the minutes of the previous meeting held on Thursday, 16th January 2020.

3.

Declarations of Interest

In accordance with the Council's current Code of Conduct (as amended 26 February 2015), which includes all the provisions relating to Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPI), personal and prejudicial interests, Members are asked to declare any DPI and also any personal interests (and whether or not such personal interests are also "prejudicial") in relation to any matter on the Agenda for this meeting.

Members are reminded that they need to declare the fact that they are also a member of a County, Town or Parish Council as a Personal Interest.  Where you are also a member of Somerset County Council and/or a Town or Parish Council within South Somerset you must declare a prejudicial interest in any business on the agenda where there is a financial benefit or gain or advantage to Somerset County Council and/or a Town or Parish Council which would be at the cost or to the financial disadvantage of South Somerset District Council. 

4.

Public Question Time

5.

Chairman's Announcements

6.

Chairman's Engagements pdf icon PDF 34 KB

7.

SSDC Council Plan 2020-2024 pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

RESOLVED:

That Full Council agreed to:-

 

a.

endorse the new Council Plan 2020-2024 and vision, values and aims it includes;

 

 

b.

confirm the annual action plan and key performance indicators for 2020-2021;

 

 

c.

note the detailed milestones and desired outcomes for each Priority Project.

 

Reason:

To adopt the South Somerset District Council (SSDC) Council Plan 2020 – 2024, Annual action plan 2020-2021 and a revised set of Key Performance Indicators.

(Voting: unanimous in favour)

8.

2020/21 Revenue and Capital Budgets and Medium Term Financial Plan pdf icon PDF 227 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

RESOLVED:

That Full Council agreed to:-

 

a.

approve the Net Revenue Budget for 2020/21 of £15,207,150, as set out in the Revenue Account Summary (paragraph 40) and in detail in Appendix A for the District Executive and four Area Committees, subject to any final amendments;

 

 

b.

approve a 2020/21 Council tax annual increase of 2.99%, increasing the annual Band D rate by £5.00 to £172.11. Full Council to note this new annual rate comprises £170.26 for SSDC services, raising £10,448,932, and £1.85 on behalf of the Somerset Rivers Authority, raising £112,315;

 

 

c.

approve the prioritisation of Business Rates pooling gain to Regeneration as detailed in paragraph 38;

 

 

d.

approve the new capital programme as shown in Appendix D, with includes an additional funding request of £1.887m as detailed in paragraph 62.

 

Reason:

To approve the proposed budget and council tax for 2020/21. This report is based on the Medium Term Financial Plan (Revenue Budgets.

(Voting: 43 in favour, 0 against, 1 abstention)

9.

Council Tax Setting 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

RESOLVED:

That Full Council agreed to:-

 

a.

approve the formal council tax resolutions referred to in paragraphs 5 to 14;

 

 

b.

approve the individual tax settings as follows:

 

i.     that the Somerset County Council; Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority has stated that amounts shown in paragraphs 8 to 11 respectively of this report in precept issued to the Council, in accordance with Section 40 of the Local Government Act 1992 (as amended), for each of the categories of dwelling:

 

ii.     that the total amount of council tax for each band of property in the South Somerset area for 2020/21 be as given in the table below:

 

A-

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

987.43

1,184.91

1,382.39

1,579.89

1,777.36

2,172.33

2,567.29

2,962.27

3,554.72

 

 

 

NB The above figures exclude all town/parish precepts.  The Police & Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset approved their figures on the 5th February 2020, Somerset Fire and Rescue on the 18th February 2020 and Somerset County Council on the 19th February 2020.

 

iii.     that, having calculated the totals of each precepting authority’s amounts (including town and parish precepts), The Council (in accordance with Section 30(2) of the Local Government Act 1992) (as amended) hereby sets the amounts shown at TOTAL in the table shown at Appendix A as the council taxes for the financial year 2020/21 for each category of dwelling.

 

 

c.

note that if the formal Council Tax Resolution is approved, the total Band D Council Tax as follows:

 

 

2019/20

£

2020/21

£

Increase

%

South Somerset District Council

167.11

172.11

2.99

Somerset County Council

1,151.64

1,176.31

3.99

Somerset County Council (Adult Social Care)

88.09

112.89

Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset

217.81

227.81

4.59

Devon And Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority

86.52

88.24

1.99

 

 

1,711.17

1,777.36

3.87%

Town and Parish Council (average)

91.05

97.09

6.63%

 

1,802.22

1,874.45

4.01%

 

Reason:

To approve the final council tax resolutions for 2020/21.

(Voting: unanimous in favour)

 

10.

Capital, Investment and Treasury Strategies 2020/21 to 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

 

RESOLVED:

That Full Council agreed to:-

 

a.

approve the Capital Strategy, Investment Strategy and the Treasury Management Strategy 2020/21 to 2022/23;

 

 

b.

approve the proposed borrowing and investment limits included in the Capital Strategy;

 

 

c.

approve the annual Minimum Revenue Provision statement for 2020/21.

 

Reason:

Full Council must approve the annual capital, investment and treasury strategies before the start of the financial year in line with the CIPFA Prudential Code.

(Voting: 42 in favour, 0 against, 2 abstentions)

11.

The Future of Local Government in Somerset: Delivering together for the people of Somerset pdf icon PDF 626 KB

Decision:

 

RESOLVED:

That Full Council:-

 

1.

agreed that a full business case should now be prepared, which fully explores Option 2 (Collaboration and Integration), being the preferred way forward at this time. This business case should come back to District Executive/Council in July 2020, along with clear recommendations and delivery plan.

 

 

2.

agreed option 2 – Collaboration and Integration as this council’s current preferred option for the future of local government to take forward through community consultation and engagement.

 

 

3.

agreed that a joint Project Board should be created, with the Leader of the Council being the representative from each Council, to oversee the work during the next stage.

 

Reason:

To determine the way forward for local government in Somerset.

(Voting: 31 in favour, 5 against, 7 abstentions)

12.

Membership of Committees - Appointment of New Councillor to Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Decision:

 

RESOLVED:

That in accordance with Section 16 (1) Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and the duty therein to give effect to the wishes of the political group to which seats on any committee are allocated, the Council confirmed that:-

a)     Councillor Jeny Snell be appointed to the Licensing Committee

Reason:

To confirm an amendment to the Licensing Committee membership following the appointment of Councillors to various committees and working groups at Council on 21st May 2019.

(Voting: unanimous in favour)

13.

Report of Executive Decisions pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Additional documents:

14.

Audit Committee pdf icon PDF 54 KB

15.

Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 44 KB

16.

Motions

There were no Motions submitted by Members.

17.

Questions Under Procedure Rule 10 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Decision:

Councillor Colin Winder submitted the following questions under Procedure Rule 10:-

 

 

18.

Date of Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 41 KB