Agenda

Corporate, Resource Management & Governance Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 22nd November, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall

Contact: Charles Yankiah  (0161 474 3206)

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Items
No. Item

Substitutes

Councillors who require a substitute to be appointed should inform Democratic Services by 4.00pm on Thursday, 17 November 2022 (Councillors who wish to arrange their own substitute should inform Democratic Services of their substitute prior to the commencement of the meeting).

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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 383 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 October 2022.

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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.

Call-In

To consider call-in items (if any)

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4.

Corporate Performance and Resources Mid Year Report pdf icon PDF 148 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The report provides a summary of progress in delivering the Council’s priority outcomes and budget in the first half of the financial year, with a particular focus on the second quarter of 2022/23 (July to September 2022) and reflects on the 2022/23 Council Plan, MTFP and Portfolio priorities which includes:

 

·       An executive summary (including highlights and exceptions relating to the delivery projects/initiatives set out in the 2022/23 Portfolio Agreements.

 

·       A summary analysis relating to the 75 “corporate” performance measures, with exception commentary relating to measures that are currently RAG rated as “Red” (as well as those rated as “Amber” where performance has deteriorated since the end of 2021/22).

 

·       A detailed financial update, including, the out-turn position on revenue and capital.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to:

 

a)    Consider the Mid-Year 2022/23 CPRR.

 

b)    Review the progress against delivering corporate objectives, key projects, priority outcomes, targets and budgets for 2022/23 to date.

 

c)    Highlight key areas of and responsibility for taking forward corrective action to address any performance or resource issues.

 

Officer contacts:

 

Holly Rae, Head of Strategy and Design (CSS),

holly.rae@stockport.gov.uk  (0161 474 3014/07800617550)

 

Jonathan Davies, Strategic Head of Service – Finance (Deputy S151),

jonathan.davies@stockport.gov.uk  (0161 218 1025/07891949012)

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Finance and Resources PPRR Mid Year Report pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The report provides the 2022/23 Portfolio Performance and Resource Agreements (PPRA), which was considered by the Committee on 6 September 2022 and approved by Cabinet on 28 September 2022 and provides a summary of progress against portfolio priorities, performance indicators and budgets during the first half of 2022/23, with a specific focus on the second quarter (July to September 2022).

 

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to:

 

·       Consider the Mid-Year Portfolio Performance and Resource Report.

 

·       Review the progress to date (and forecasts) relating to delivering key targets and budgets for 2022/23.

 

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

 

·       Highlight any significant issues or changes to be fed back to the Cabinet alongside the Corporate Performance and Resource Report.

 

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

 

Officer contacts:

 

Alan Lawson, Strategy and Performance Manager

alan.lawson@stockport.gov.uk  (07890 563587)

 

Stephen Pate, CSS Manager (Specialist) Finance

stephen.pate@stockport.gov.uk  (0161 218 1086)

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Treasury Management Strategy and Annual Investment Strategy Mid-Year Review Report 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 439 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (Section 151 Officer).

 

This report provides a mid-year review of the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy for 2022/23, approved by Council on 24 February 2022, and has been prepared in accordance with the CIPFA Code of Practice for Treasury Management in the Public Services (revised 2017). It also provides an economic update for the first six months of 2022/23 and details how this impacts upon the interest rate predictions and outlook provided in the initial strategy. 

 

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

 

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

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Consultation Report 2023/24 Treasury Strategy pdf icon PDF 391 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive (Section 151 Officer).

 

The report provides details on the development of the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy Statement (TMSS), Annual Investment Strategy (AIS) and Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) Policy for 2023/24, to be considered for approval at the Cabinet Meeting on 31 January 2023 and the Council Meeting on 23 February 2023.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report in order that the views can be taken into account in the development of the Council’s 2023/24 Treasury Management Strategy Statement.

 

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

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Business Rates and Council Tax Discounts Annual Review pdf icon PDF 888 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive.

 

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 – Council Tax Discretionary Support

·       Section 8 – Council Tax Base

 

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

 

Officer contact: Jonathan Davies, 0162 218 1025 or by email jonathan.davies@stockport.gov.uk

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Outline Business Case for the Review Of Children's Homes - External Placements pdf icon PDF 673 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The report sets out the business case for the delivery of additional internal residential placement sufficiency in Stockport. This expansion in capacity is required to meet increasing demand due to rising numbers and complexity of children in care and to reduce our spend on external placements.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to comment on the work undertaken to date and recommend for Cabinet approval to:

 

a)    Approve the capital funding to a maximum of £1.8m through prudential borrowing for the immediate purchase and conversion of up to three properties within Stockport.

 

b)    Delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive, in consultation with the relevant cabinet member, to approve the selection of suitable properties and undertake their purchase.

 

c)    Delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive, in consultation with the relevant cabinet member, to enter into any such contracts and agreements as may be required to complete the purchase, conversion and operation of the children's homes.

 

d)    Delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive, in consultation with the relevant cabinet member, to apply for any necessary consents associated with the delivery of the children's homes.

 

e)    Delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive, in consultation with the relevant cabinet member, to approve necessary revenue budget changes to support the running of the new homes.

 

f)      Delegate authority to the Deputy Chief Executive, in consultation with the relevant cabinet member, to take all necessary further steps to deliver the strategy.

 

Officer contacts: Jeanette Warburton, jeanette.warburton@stockport.gov.uk  or James Kington, james.kington@stockport.gov.uk

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Energy Contract Renewal pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The report provides an overview on the energy contracts held by the Council both for its estate’s portfolio including some schools and the street lighting and other highway-based energy contracts. The report sets  out a  proposed change in strategy for the procurement of our energy within a framework that requires Cabinet approval on the basis that the likely cumulative value of contracts entered into is greater than £10m which requires Cabinet approval.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to:-

 

a)    Support the approach of a flexible contract, working with STAR and e-energy and other local authority partners to try to obtain the best prices for energy from April 2023 and endorse to delegate approval of these new contracts to the  Deputy Chief Executive and the Director of Development and Regeneration in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources to approve and sign the new estate’s portfolio energy contracts and the Deputy Chief Executive and the Director of Place Management in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Highways, Parks and Leisure Services to approve and sign the street lighting and other highway energy-based contracts.

 

b)    Request that officers continue to identify and implement cost effective energy efficient measures to reduce energy usage.

 

Officer contacts: Emily Brough, emily.brough@stockport.gov.uk

James Kington, james.kington@stockport.gov.uk

Sue Stevenson, sue.stevenson@stockport.gov.uk

Kora Yohannan, kora.yohannan@stockport.gov.uk

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Establishment of a Loan Facility for Life Leisure to Fund Equipment Replacement, Site Improvements and Energy Efficiency Initiatives pdf icon PDF 158 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The report provides details relating to the Council providing a loan facility for Life Leisure (the trading name of Stockport Active CIC), to fund the replacement of equipment, general capital improvements to centres and initiatives to make leisure centres more energy efficient. 

 

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

 

Officer contact: Peter Ashworth on 07891 949473 or by email on peter.ashworth@stockport.gov.uk

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Agenda Planning pdf icon PDF 168 KB

To consider a report of the Strategic Head of Service (Legal and Democratic Services).

 

The report sets out planned agenda items for the Scrutiny Committee’s next meeting and Forward Plan items that fall within the remit of the Scrutiny Committee.

 

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

 

Officer contact: Charles Yankiah on 0161 474 3206 or email:

charles.yankiah@stockport.gov.uk

 

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