Agenda

Cabinet
Monday, 6th January, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Simon Hughes  (0161 474 3218)

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Items
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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 November 2019.

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2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

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3.

Urgent Decisions

To report any urgent action taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Cabinet.

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4.

Public Question Time

Members of the public are invited to put questions to the Chair and Cabinet Members on any matters within the powers and duties of the Cabinet, subject to the exclusions set out in the Code of Practice.  (Questions must be submitted no later than 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the meeting on the card provided.  These are available at the meeting. You can also submit via the Council’s website at www.stockport.gov.uk/publicquestions)

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5.

Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

To consider whether it is in the public to exclude the public during consideration of the following agenda items which contain information “not for publication” and to consider any representations received to the notice of the intention to consider exempt information at this meeting.

 

Item

Title

Reason

 

 

 

11

Award of Facilities and Asset Management Services Contract

Category 3 ‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority)’ as set out in the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended)

 

 

 

 

At the time of publication no representations have been received.

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Performance and Budget Monitoring

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6.

Corporate Performance and Resources - Mid-Year Corporate Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 180 KB

To consider a report of the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Devolution

 

The Mid Year Corporate Performance and Resource Report (CPRR) provides an update on progress in delivering the Council’s Priority Outcomes and budget during the first half of 2019/20, with a particular emphasis on the second quarter (July to September 2019).

 

The Cabinet is asked to: 

 

·         Review progress against delivering Council priorities and capital schemes alongside budget and performance forecasts contained within the report;

·         Approve the virements to the Revenue Budget set out in Section 3.2;

·         Note the Cash Limit and Non-Cash Limit forecast positions for 2019/20 as set out in Section 3.3;

·         Note the Dedicated Schools Grant, Housing Revenue Account and collection Fund forecast positions as set out in Sections 3.4, 3.5 and 3.6;

·         Note the appropriations to/from reserves and balances as set out in Section 3.7 and note the resulting reserves and balances position as at 30 September 2019;

·         Note the position for the 2019/20 Capital Programme as set out in Section 4;

·         Note the re-phasing of capital schemes during the quarter as set out in Section 4.4;

·         Approve the proposals for resourcing and additional resources required for the Capital Programme as set out in Section 4.6;

·         Approve the 2019/20 forecast prudential indicators as set out in Section 4.7; and

·         Identify key areas for further investigation and responsibility for taking forward corrective action to address any existing or outturn issues or risks.

 

Officer Contacts: Peter Owston on 0151 474 3274 or email: peter.owston@stockport.gov.uk; or Jonathan Davies on 0161 218 1025 or email: jonathan.davies@stockport.gov.uk

 

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7.

Council Tax and Business Rates Discounts Annual Review pdf icon PDF 185 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning and Governance

 

The Council is required to annually review the local scheme of Discounts and Exemptions which are available in respect of Business Rates and Council Tax.

 

Regulations allow for certain occupiers of non-domestic properties to be entitled to relief on the Business Rates payable. Some types of relief are mandatory but Local Authorities can further reduce the amount of Business Rates payable by awarding Discretionary Relief. Discretionary relief can either “top-up” mandatory relief or be awarded as a stand-alone discount. Stockport has agreed a number of local discounts for Business Rates.

 

The Council has also agreed a Council Tax premium charge in respect of properties that have been empty for two years or more, an exemption for care leavers and a localised Council Tax Support scheme, to help people who are on a low income.

 

This report outlines the current arrangements and any proposed changes as follows:

 

·         Section 2 – Funding Arrangements

·         Section 3 – Business Rates Discounts

·         Section 4 – Council Tax Empty Property Discounts & Premiums

·         Section 5 – Council Tax and Care Leavers

·         Section 6 – Council Tax Support

·         Section 7 – Discretionary Support

·         Section 8 – Council Tax Base

 

The Cabinet is recommended to approve the recommendations outlined in the report.

 

Officer Contact: Alison Blount on 0161 474 5107 or email: alison.blount@stockport.gov.uk

 

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8.

Council Tax Billing Area - 2020/21 Council Tax Taxbase and Non Domestic Rates Forecast pdf icon PDF 195 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning and Governance

 

The report deals with the forecast Collection Fund outturn position for 2019/20, the setting of the Council Tax Taxbase for 2020/21 and also presents a forecast for Business Rates income for 2020/21.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:-

 

·                  Declare a forecast Collection Fund surplus of £1.194m in 2019/20 relating to a Council Tax surplus of £0.547m and Business Rates surplus of £0.647m;

·                  Declare a forecast Collection Fund surplus to be distributed to the Council’s General Fund in 2020/21 of £1.109m relating to a Council Tax surplus of £0.468m and Business Rates surplus of £0.641m;

·                  Note the 2020/21 Council Tax Taxbase for budget setting purposes of 96,241.2 Band D equivalent dwellings. The Council’s final 2020/21 Council Tax Taxbase will be presented for approval to the Council meeting on 16 January 2020;

·                  Provisionally approve the 2020/21 forecast for Business Rates income of £80.730m;

·                  Note the forecast benefit from the 2019/20 Pilot of £1.748m;

·                  Note the available one-off resources to support the Council’s 2020/21 Budget, MTFP and investment decisions; and 

·                  Approve the transfer of the 2019/20 100% Business Rates Retention Pilot benefit to Collection Fund Reserves as part of the 2019/20 financial year end process; and

 

delegate the following decisions to the Corporate Director, Corporate and Support Services in consultation with the Deputy Leader of the Council:

 

·                The decision to vary the Business Rates forecast presented in Table 5 and Table 6 of the report; and

·                The decision to continue in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Business Rates pooling arrangement.

 

Officer Contact: Jonathan Davies on 0161 218 1025 or email: jonathan.davies@stockport.gov.uk

 

 

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9.

Medium Term Financial Programme (MTFP) 2020/21 to 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 197 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning and Governance.

 

 

 

 

 

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9.(i)

Part A: Medium Term Financial Plan - Update following the 2020/21 Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement pdf icon PDF 474 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director, Corporate and Support Services.

 

The purpose of the report is to update the Council’s 2020/21 to 2022/23 Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) forecasts and assumptions taking account of local and national changes including the 2019 Spending Review and Technical Consultation on the Local Government Finance Settlement announcements since the completion of the MTFP Summer Review. The report also details further work which has been undertaken since the MTFP Summer Review to ensure the forecasts and assumptions underpinning the MTFP remain robust.

 

The Cabinet are recommended to:

·                Note the details of the report including the announcements made by Government since September impacting on the 2020/21 Local Government Finance Settlement and Local Government funding beyond 2020/21;

·                Note the details of the 2020/21 Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement and the changes made to the Council’s revised MTFP as a result;

·                Note and comment upon as appropriate, the financial forecasts for 2020/21 to 2022/23, and the key issues to be addressed in formulating a response to the financial challenges facing the Council;

·                Note the £2.950m MTFP resource and the recommended options for use of the resource for consideration in the Cabinet Response to the MTFP;

·                Approve £3.032m use of the unallocated one-off resources to support the funding of the priorities set out in paragraph 7.4;

·                Note the £3.416m unallocated one-off resources identified and the recommended options for the use of the resource for consideration in the Cabinet Response to the MTFP; 

·                Note the budget reduction requirement for 2021/22 of £10.390m and £18.984m in 2022/23; and

·                Take the final steps necessary to propose a balanced budget for 2020/21 to the Budget Council meeting on 27 February 2020.   

 

Officer Contact: Jonathan Davies on 0161 218 1025 or email: jonathan.davies@stockport.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9.(ii)

Part B - Cabinet Response: Our medium term strategy - an update on our programme pdf icon PDF 361 KB

To consider a report of the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning and Governance.

 

This report is the latest update on the Cabinet’s medium term strategy and the second phase of its programme including a suite of proposals for 2020/21.This second phase includes a number of proposals that were presented to Cabinet in February and were agreed to be implemented following further development and review. In addition to this, there are further proposals which were presented to Cabinet in September and have been subject to consultation and engagement with a range of stakeholders.

 

Within this report the Cabinet outline the current financial context, provide an update on the medium term strategy, the approach taken to seeking and understanding views from our communities, partners and workforce and present a suite of proposals for consideration and approval.

 

 

The Cabinet are asked to:

 

·      Discuss and note the Cabinet’s position in relation to the MTFP and Budget (section 2 of the report).

·      Discuss the progress outlined within this report and note the considerations outlined in relation to consultation, equality implications and workforce implications (section 4 of the report).

·      Consider and approve for implementation the updated proposals appended (Appendices 4 – 14) to this report.

 

 

 

 

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Key Decisions

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10.

Proposed Bus Franchising Consultation Response pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration

 

Under the Transport Act 2000 (as amended by the Bus Service Act 2017), Mayoral Combined Authorities were provided with powers to implement bus franchising schemes in their area. In June 2017 the Greater Manchester Combined authority (GMCA) exercised this duty, and instructed Transport for greater Manchester (TfGM) to prepare an assessment for a proposed bus franchising scheme for Greater Manchester.

 

AS required under the Act, authorities looking to implement a bus franchising proposal must consult widely about their proposals. There is also a requirement on the council to publish the consultation document relating to the proposed scheme, the assessment of the proposed scheme and potential alternative options, and the report prepared by the auditor.

 

The report provides a summary of the proposals and information abou the ongoing consultation exercise.

 

Officer contacts: Mark Glynn on 0161 474 3700 or email: mark.glynn@stockport.gov.uk   or Sue Stevenson on 0161 474 4351 or email: sue.stevenson@stockport.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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11.

Stockport Interchange, Land Acquisition at Exchange Street Compulsory Purchase Order Resolution pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Economy & Regeneration.

 

The purpose of this report is to seek approval ‘in principle’ for the Council to acquire compulsorily, pursuant to and in accordance with the “Guidance on Compulsory purchase process and The Crichel Down Rules” issued by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government in 2019, land and existing rights and interests where agreement cannot be reached to implement a scheme to create an important pedestrian access between the Interchange building and Stockport Railway Station consisting of a bridge over Daw Bank and associated pedestrian / cycle route to Station Road. 

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:-

 

(a)       agree in principle to the use of CPO powers, if necessary, to acquire land and existing rights and interests in the proposed order land, where acquisition by agreement is not possible;

 

(b)       agree to authorise officers to take all necessary steps to commence the process for the making, confirmation and implementation of a CPO, including securing the appointment of suitable external advisors and preparing all necessary CPO documentation; and

 

(c)       note that a further report will be presented to the Cabinet to approve the making of a CPO and to confirm the extent of the order land to be acquired following the finalisation of the necessary preparatory work.

 

Officer contacts: Paul Richards on 0161 474 2940 , email: paul.richards@stockport.gov.uk or Robert Goulsbra on 0161 218 1764 , email: robert.goulsbra@stockport.gov.uk

 

 

 

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12.

Greater Manchester Strategy - Implementation Plan & Performance Dashboard Update pdf icon PDF 111 KB

To consider a report of the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Devolution.

This report provides the latest six monthly update of the Greater Manchester Strategy (GMS) implementation plan and performance dashboards. The update provides progress against the agreed delivery milestones and ambitions, and updates the outcome measures for each of the GMS priorities. The updated plan also provides new delivery milestones for the next nine months. This item was considered at by GM Scrutiny Committees, as an information item for GMCA in November and at CRMG Scrutiny in December.

The Cabinet is asked to note and agree the updated GMS Implementation Plan and Performance Dashboard, considering overall progress towards the achievement of the GMS 2020 ambitions and targets, including the specific actions, updates and measures relating to Stockport.

Officer Contact: Holly Rae on 0161 474 3014 or email: holly.rae@stockport.gov.uk

 

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13.

Award of Facilities & Asset Management Services Contract pdf icon PDF 168 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning and Governance.

 

(Note: the report contains information ‘not for publication’ in its appendix that has been circulated to Cabinet Members only).

 

The report details a proposal to appoint a Facilities Management & Asset Management Service Provider, which will be submitted to the Cabinet for consideration at the meeting of 6 January 2020.

 

The appointed supplier will provide Facilities Management services across the entire Stockport Council property portfolio including schools on a buy back arrangement. The suppler will also provide Asset Management Services across the operational and school estate.

 

The Cabinet are recommended to approve the award of a 5 year contract (plus one optional three year extensions) to the supplier identified in the confidential appendix to this report for the provision of both Facilities and Asset Management Services.

 

Officer contact: Charlotte Cordingley on 0161 474 4240 or email: charlotte.cordingley@stockport.gov.uk

 

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General Items

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14.

Annual Pay Policy Statement 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 175 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning and Governance.

 

This Pay Policy Statement (the ‘statement’) sets out the Council’s approach to pay policy in accordance with the requirements of Section 38 of the Localism Act 2011.  The statement also has due regard for the associated statutory guidance including supplementary guidance issued in February 2013 and the Local Government Transparency code 2014. The statement also incorporates the Councils Gender Pay Gap (GPG) information as the Council is now required to publish this on an annual basis under the GPG reporting requirements.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to:-

 

(i)           approve the Pay Policy Statement for the Council prior to its adoption at the Full Council meeting to be held on 16 January 2020; and

 

(ii)          agree to publish the Council’s Gender Gap information.

 

 

 

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15.

Proposed amendments to the Council Meeting Procedural Rules - Part 5 of the Constitution pdf icon PDF 168 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning and Governance

 

The report provides the Monitoring Officer’s proposals that were agreed by the Constitution Working Party to amend the Council Meeting Procedural Rules (Part 5 of the Constitution pp 199 to 216 of the Constitution) with further amendments requested by the Corporate, Resource Management and Governance Scrutiny Committee.

 

The Cabinet is requested to:-

 

·         Consider the proposed schedule of revisions to the Council meeting Procedure Rules that have been developed following consultation with the Constitution Working party, and make any comments prior to its consideration by the Council Meeting.

·         Note that as the rep[ort proposes to make changes to the Council Meeting Procedure Rules, in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 24.2, the proposed amendments, once moved at the Council meeting on 16 January 2020, shall stand adjourned until the next ordinary Council Meeting on 2 April 2020.

 

Officer Contact: Vicki Bates on 0161 474 3219 or email: vicki.bates@stockport.gov.uk

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16.

Amendments to Business Programme for 2020/21 and 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 168 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning and Governance

 

The report proposes amendments to the published Business Programme for 2020/21 and considers the proposed Business Programme for 2021/22 following the agreement of all the political groups on the Council facilitated by the Constitution Working Party.

 

The Cabinet is recommended to consider the proposed amendments to the Business Programme and recommend that the Council Meeting gives approval to the revisions to the programme.

 

Officer Contact: Vicki Bates on 0161 474 3219 or email: vicki.bates@stockport.gov.uk

 

 

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17.

To consider recommendations of Scrutiny Committees

There were no recommendations to consider.

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