Decisions

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Decisions published

04/01/2022 - Budget Proposals and Medium Term Financial Forecasts 2022/23 (Forward Plan Reference FP1086) ref: 567    Recommendations Approved

Approval of the Revenue, Capital and Housing Revenue Account Budgets, Fees and Charges and Council Tax Setting 2021/22

 

Approval of the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021/22-2023/24

 

Approval of the Capital Strategy and Treasury Management Strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 04/01/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2022

Effective from: 14/01/2022

Decision:

(1)   Cabinet noted the Statement of the Chief Financial Officer on the robustness of budgets and adequacy of reserves (Appendix N).

 

(2)   Cabinet also noted that the following amounts for the year 2022/23 had been set in accordance with regulations made under Sections 31A and 31B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:

 

 

100% TAXBASE

99.40% TAXBASE

 

 

 

Welwyn Garden City

17,853.5

17,746.4

Hatfield

12,378.2

12,303.9

Welwyn

4,747.1

4,718.6

Ayot St Lawrence

70.0

69.6

Ayot St Peter

113.4

112.7

North Mymms

4,438.3

4,411.7

Essendon

431.8

429.2

Northaw & Cuffley

3,113.5

3,094.8

Woolmer Green

614.4

610.7

 

 

 

Total

43,760.2

43,497.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3)    Cabinet approved the following budget proposals and noted that any comments from Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be returned to Special Cabinet on 18 January 2022 for consideration, before final recommendations are made to Council on 2 February 2022:

 

(4)     General Fund

 

(4.1)  The proposed General Fund Budget as summarised in Appendix A, and detailed in appendix B.

 

(4.2)  The inclusion of the savings and growth proposals into the budget as detailed in appendices C and D.

 

(4.3)  The fees and charges which have been incorporated into the budget proposals, as set out in appendix E.

 

(4.4)  The increase in the Council’s Band D Tax of £4.95 (2.26%), taking the average Band D Tax to £224.10 for 2022/23.

 

(4.5)  That £250k be added to the Covid-19 earmarked reserve from the 2022/23 budget, the expenditure of which will be delegated to the Section 151 Officer in consultation with the Executive Member for Resources. This will be partly funded from the one off received from the Government in 2022/23.

 

(4.6)  That the Special Expenses Scheme as set out in section 3.5 continue into 2022/23, and the Special Expenses detailed in Appendix M be approved for inclusion in the Council Tax for 2022/23.

 

(5)     Housing Revenue Account (HRA)

 

(5.1)  That dwelling rents are increased by CPI+1% in accordance with Government legislation, resulting in an average rent of £113.92 per week.

 

(5.2)  To continue the policy of charging formula rent when vacant properties are re-let.

 

(5.3)  The Housing Revenue Account budget as shown in appendix F.

 

(5.4)  The fees and charges which have been incorporated into the budget proposals, as set out in appendix H.

 

(5.5)  The Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) to maintain HRA working balances to a minimum of 5% of rental income.

 

(6)     Capital Programme

 

(6.1)  The Capital Programme for 2022/23 to 2026/27 as set out in Appendix I.

 

(6.2)  The Capital Financing for the Capital Programme, for 2022/23 to 2026/27 as set out in Appendix J, and note the forecast capital balances in Appendix K.

 

(7)     Medium Term Financial Strategy

 

(7.1)  The Medium-Term Financial Strategy and Financial Governance Framework, including all annexes and prudential indicators for 2022/23 – 2024/25 as set out in appendix L.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Richard Baker


04/01/2022 - HELP TO HEAT - ENERGY COMPANY OBLIGATION LOCAL AUTHORITY FLEXIBILITY (ECO FLEX) STATEMENT OF INTENT ref: 572    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 04/01/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2022

Effective from: 04/01/2022

Decision:

(1)   Cabinet agreed to adopt the revised ECO Flex Statement of Intent set out in appendix 2.

 

(2)   Cabinet agreed that the household income eligibility criteria be increased from £20,000 after automatic deductions such as Income Tax, National Insurance or any other automatic deduction that will affect disposable income before payment of household costs to £30,000 in line with BEIS recommendation. Or alternatively, annual household income of less than £20,000 after housing costs are deducted (rent/mortgage & council tax).


04/01/2022 - Affordable Housing: 9,000 Level ref: 571    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 04/01/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2022

Effective from: 04/01/2022

Decision:

(1)   Cabinet agreed that the current Housing Revenue Account Business Plan and associated Strategic Plan were reviewed, to understand the financial capacity to increase the Council’s current housing stock and directly deliver more affordable homes, whilst also continuing to invest appropriately in the existing housing stock. 

 

(2)   Cabinet agreed that the review take place in good time to allow any revision to policy and plans to be incorporated into the 2023-24 budget.


04/01/2022 - Operation of the Estate Management Scheme (Forward Plan Reference FP1096) ref: 569    For Determination

To agree changes to how the Estate Management Scheme is administered, including the adoption of a design guide and the introduction of application fees.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 04/01/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2022

Effective from: 14/01/2022

Decision:

Cabinet agreed to the adoption of changes as recommended by the Estate Management Scheme Member Group on 6 December 2021.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Christopher Dale


04/01/2022 - Award of Contract Campus West Decked Car Park (Forward Plan Reference FP1094) ref: 573    Recommendations Approved

To award a stage 2 of the contract for the build of the Campus West decked car park.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 04/01/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2022

Effective from: 14/01/2022

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Richard Baker, Andrew Harper


04/01/2022 - Proposed Appointment of Specialist Electoral Printers (Forward Plan Reference FP1092) ref: 568    For Determination

To appoint specialist electoral printers.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 04/01/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2022

Effective from: 14/01/2022

Decision:

(1)   That in accordance with paragraph 14(k) of the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules (Alternative Procedures in Prescribed Circumstances), Cabinet agreed to the direct appointment of Print for Business Limited trading as Print.UK.Com Print UK for the reasons set out in the report.

 

(2)   The contract term will be for a maximum period of 4 years.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: John Merron, Andrew Harper, Margaret Martinus


04/01/2022 - Introduction of parking enforcement using automated number plate recognition (ANPR) technology (Forward Plan Reference FP1087) ref: 570    For Determination

Agree the purchase of two new electric vehicles with ANPR capability, static cameras and associated software to enhance parking enforcement across the Borough.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 04/01/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2022

Effective from: 14/01/2022

Decision:

Cabinet agreed the inclusion in the Capital Budget in 2022/23 for the purchase of two new electric vehicles with ANPR capability, static cameras, and associated software to enhance parking enforcement across the borough.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Eliska Robova


04/01/2022 - Appointment of the council’s shareholder representative for Broste Rivers Limited (“the building control company”), various delegations and an acquisition proposal. ref: 566    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 04/01/2022 - Cabinet

Decision published: 07/01/2022

Effective from: 04/01/2022

Decision:

(1)       To appoint the Chief Executive as the council’s shareholder representative, to replace the outgoing Corporate Director, Public Protection, Planning and Governance.

 

(2)       To agree to the acquisition proposal as set out in the exempt part of the report.

 

(3)       To give delegated authority to the Council’s Corporate Management Team, in consultation with the Executive Member Environment, Planning, Estates and Development to make any necessary officer appointments to the shareholder group, building control company board(s) and associated panels, of which the Council is a shareholder.

 

(4)       To give delegated authority to the Council’s Corporate Management Team, in consultation with the Executive Member Environment, Planning, Estates and Development to make decisions on behalf of the Council in its capacity as a shareholder in relation to the building control company.

 

(Note: This decision was taken by Executive Member Decision Notice).

 

Date this decision was taken – 22 December 2021

Date of publication of the decision – 23 December 2021