Agenda

Corporate, Resource Management & Governance Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 17th December, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall

Contact: Simon Hughes  (0161 474 3218)

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Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 163 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 29 October 2019

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.

3.

Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

There are no items for the exclusion of the press and public.

4.

Call-In

To consider call-in items (if any)

5.

MTFP Budget Choices for 2020/21: Update

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Corporate and Support Services and the Borough Treasurer

 

Earlier this year, in September, the Cabinet presented a series of proposals in response to the summer term of the Medium Term Financial Plan undertaken earlier this year. The review highlighted the continued uncertainty, complexity and volatility facing local government funding – presenting significant challenges for local citizens and their local public services. The Cabinet’s proposals were developed in line with the medium term strategy (fig.1) which was introduced in 2018(1) to frame the choices the Council will make about its budget, both next year and in future years.

 

Since this report there have been further developments nationally, such as the 2019 spending review which will inform the local government finance settlement expected to be announced in December.

 

The Cabinet remain committed to engaging widely on proposals and this report includes an update on those draft proposals that fall within this Committee’s remit. Since they were originally presented to this Committee for discussion and comment, further development on proposals have been undertaken. The updated proposals presented as part of this report also now reflect further engagement, or where appropriate consultation, with partners, citizens and relevant groups. These proposals are being presented to Scrutiny for further comment before being considered by the Cabinet on 6 January 2020 for inclusion within the Budget.

 

The Cabinet are keen to seek views from Scrutiny on these plans ahead of decision making in January 2020. In order to enable broad engagement on Cabinet’s plans, Scrutiny Committees are receiving this report and suite of appendices relevant to their remit.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to comment on the proposals and consultation results presented within the report relevant to the remit of this Committee.

 

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

6.

2020/21 Treasury Management Strategy, Annual Investment Strategy and Minimum Revenue Provision Policy

To consider a report of the Borough Treasurer.

 

This report seeks the views of Scrutiny Committee on the development of the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy Statement, Annual Investment Strategy and Minimum Revenue Provision Policy for 2020/21 prior to consideration by the Council Meeting on 27 February 2020.

 

The Scrutiny Committee are requested to comment on the report.

 

Officer contact: Lorna Soufian, 0161 474 4026, email: lorna.soufian@stockport.gov.uk

7.

Corporate Performance and Resources - Mid-Year Corporate Report 2019/20

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

This item covers two reports as follows; 

 

·         Mid-Year Corporate Performance and Resources Report (CPRR) 2019/20

·         Mid-Year Leader’s Report 2019/20

 

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 2018/19, with a particular emphasis on the second quarter (July to September).

 

The Leader’s Report reflects on significant achievements and challenges, key decisions at Greater Manchester level, along with areas of progress in delivering council priorities over the first half of the year.

 

Scrutiny Committee is asked to: 

 

·         Consider the Mid Year Reports;

·         Review the progress against delivering corporate objectives, key projects, priority outcomes, targets and budgets for 2018/19; 

·         Highlight key areas of and responsibility for taking forward corrective action to address any performance or resource issues;

·         Identify how areas of strong performance and good practice can be shared in other services.

 

Officer Contact: Michael Cullen on 0161 474 4631or email: michael.cullen@stockport.gov.uk

8.

Council Tax and Business Rates Discounts Annual Review

To consider a report of the Borough Treasurer

 

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.

 

This report outlines the current arrangements and any proposed changes

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

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

9.

Proposed amendments to the Council Meeting Procedural Rules - Part 5 of the Constitution pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To consider a report of the Monitoring Officer.

 

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).

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report prior to its consideration by the Cabinet and the Council Meeting.

 

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

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10.

Health Safety and Wellbeing update report pdf icon PDF 230 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The purpose of this report is to provide the Committee with an update on the governance and management arrangements of health, safety and wellbeing within the Council’s corporate and school estates.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer Contacts: Ann-Marie McCullough at ann-marie.mccullough@stockport.gov.uk or Stephen Dawson at stephen.dawson@stockport.gov.uk

11.

Greater Manchester Strategy - Implementation Plan & Performance Dashboard Update pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

The 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 and as an information item for GMCA in November.

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to review and comment on the GMS Implementation Plan and Performance Dashboard update.

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

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12.

Award of Facilities & Asset Management Services Contract

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Exective.

 

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 Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

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

13.

Electoral Review pdf icon PDF 496 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (“The Commission”) is an independent body, responsible for determining electoral arrangements of local authorities across England.

 

The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 outlines the duty on the Commission to undertake an electoral review of every principal local authority in England ‘from time to time’.

 

Many metropolitan districts have not been reviewed since the Commission’s predecessor body undertook a review of all local authorities in England between 1996 and 2004; Stockport’s last electoral review was completed in 2003. The Commission intends to review all authorities that have not been reviewed since that time, and thus have decided to undertake an electoral review of Stockport in 2020/21.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer Contact: Caroline Bell on 0161 474 3173 or email: caroline.bell@stockport.gov.uk

14.

Agenda Planning pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To consider a report of the Democratic Services Manager.               

 

The report sets out planned agenda items for future meetings of the Committee and Forward Plan items that fall within its remit.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to consider the information in the report and put forward any agenda items for future meetings.

 

Officer contact: Simon Hughes, 0161 474 3218, email: simon.hughes@stockport.gov.uk

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