Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

100.

Declarations of Interest

To receive from Members, declarations of the existence of any disclosable pecuniary, or non-pecuniary, interests and the nature of those interests in relation to any agenda item. Please see Agenda Notes.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

101.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 103 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 7th February 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 7th February 2018 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

102.

Public Question Time (15 minutes)

The opportunity is given to members of the public to put questions to Cabinet Members or Committee Chairs provided that a question does not relate to:

 

·         Matters which are the subject of current or pending legal proceedings, or

·         Matters relating to employees or former employees of the Council or comments in respect of individual Council Officers

Minutes:

A member of the public asked if Members felt that the system and premises available in Gloucester for vulnerable homeless people were suitable.  He brought to Members’ attention nine cases where he perceived failings to have taken place by agencies within the city and enquired what steps will be taken to rectify each of them.  The Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning thanked the questioner for bringing these matters to Members and assured him that each point would be considered in detail and responded to.

 

An independent volunteer litter-picker, active in the Hucclecote area, raised concerns about litter on the approaches to the city and his experience attempting to find the right organisation to report the problem to.  He asked Members whether the Council actively works with other organisations to keep the city surroundings litter-free and enquired to whom the public should make reports.   The Cabinet Member for Environment expressed Members’ own frustration with these issues and stated that officers were taking steps to improve co-ordination with the other agencies, such as the Highways agencies, the neighbouring boroughs, and Amey the Council’s contractors, with the expectation that progress would be visible soon.

 

The Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods highlighted the importance of communities in tackling litter issues and thanked all volunteers for their efforts.  She took the opportunity to ask the questioner how the Council could be of more assistance to people willing to be active in dealing with litter.  He responded that requiring volunteers to complete forms and courses put people off and that ways to encourage wider participation should be explored.  The Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods gave assurance that these comments would be taken into account.  The Managing Director reminded Members of Gloucester’s participation in the `Great British Spring Clean’ and the city centre litter pick on Friday 6th April which the public are encouraged to join.

 

103.

Petitions and Deputations (15 minutes)

To receive any petitions or deputations provided that no such petition or deputation is in relation to:

 

·         Matters relating to individual Council Officers, or

·         Matters relating to current or pending legal proceedings

Minutes:

There were no petitions or deputations.

104.

Leader and Cabinet Members' Question Time (15 minutes)

Any Member of the Council may ask the Leader of the Council or any Cabinet Member any question without prior notice, upon:

       

·       Any matter relating to the Council’s administration

·       Any matter relating to any report of the Cabinet appearing on the summons

·       A matter coming within their portfolio of responsibilities

 

Only one supplementary question is allowed per question.

Minutes:

There were no questions from Members to the Cabinet.

105.

Local Air Quality Management pdf icon PDF 259 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Environment and Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods that updates Members on local air quality within the City and outlines measures that intend to form part of a new air quality action plan for the City.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that: 

 

(1)                  the importance of raising awareness of air quality in order to empower residents to make positive choices is endorsed.

 

(2)                  authority is delegated to The Head of Communities in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Communities & Neighbourhoods to undertake a consultation exercise with the Gloucester Taxi Trade on proposals to introduce air quality considerations into the Council’s taxi licensing policy.

 

(3)                  the development of an air quality action plan for the City to be completed by autumn 2018 be endorsed and presented back to this Cabinet for information.

 

 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the joint report of the Cabinet Members for Communities and Neighbourhoods and for Environment that updated Members on air quality within the city and outlined measures intended to form part of a new air quality action plan.

 

The Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning highlighted the breadth of monitoring in the city and drew Members’ attention to the Gloucester’s high rank in the Centre for Cities’ national low emissions table.

 

 

RESOLVED that: 

 

(1)                  the importance of raising awareness of air quality in order to empower residents to make positive choices is endorsed.

 

(2)                  authority is delegated to The Head of Communities in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Communities & Neighbourhoods to undertake a consultation exercise with the Gloucester Taxi Trade on proposals to introduce air quality considerations into the Council’s taxi licensing policy.

 

(3)                  the development of an air quality action plan for the City to be completed by autumn 2018 be endorsed and presented back to this Cabinet for information.

 

 

106.

Growing Gloucester's Visitor Economy Action Plan Annual Update 2017 pdf icon PDF 192 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure updating Members on the progress that has been made in achieving the Growing Gloucester’s Visitor Economy Action Plan during 2017.

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

(1)                  the 2017 actions to deliver the Growing Gloucester’s Visitor Economy Action Plan are noted;

(2)                  the activities undertaken by various partners are recognised as contributing to the ‘Growing Gloucester Visitor Economy’ aims and objectives;

 

(3)                  the Action Plan supporting the delivery of the Strategy is reviewed and updated during 2018. 

 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure that updated Members on progress made within the Growing Gloucester’s Visitor Economy Action Plan during 2017.

 

The Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning reminded Members of the importance of visitors as an economic driver and commented on the increase in the number of festivals, events and return visitors that the city has experienced.   The Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods reiterated the increase in visitor activity and emphasised that it is due to partnership working.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

(1)                  the 2017 actions to deliver the Growing Gloucester’s Visitor Economy Action Plan are noted;

(2)                  the activities undertaken by various partners are recognised as contributing to the ‘Growing Gloucester Visitor Economy’ aims and objectives;

 

(3)                  the Action Plan supporting the delivery of the Strategy is reviewed and updated during 2018. 

 

107.

Financial Monitoring Quarter 3 pdf icon PDF 322 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources seeking Members to note year-end forecasts, and progress made against agreed savings targets for the 3rd quarter ended 31st December 2017.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED it is noted that:

 

(1)                  the savings achieved in year to date total £1.844 million with a further £331k in progress.

 

(2)                  the forecast year end position is currently for a reduction to the Council’s General Fund balance of £38k.

 

(3)                  the details of specific budgetary issues identified by officers and the actions being taken to address those issues

 

(4)                  the current level of Capital expenditure as shown on Appendix 2.

 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources that informed Members of year-end forecasts, and progress made against agreed savings targets for the third quarter of 2017-18.

 

The Cabinet Member for Environment noted good performance in his portfolio but advised Members that new standards for the acceptance of material for recycling recently introduced by China may have a negative impact in future.  He explained that although the Council only sells material for recycling that it collects to British companies, it is an international market and prices paid may reduce.  He emphasised the importance of encouraging residents to sort their recycling materials before collection, as the better it is sorted the higher the price it commands helping to keep Council Tax low.

 

The Cabinet Members for Housing and Planning and for Communities and Neighbourhoods thanked officers for their close monitoring of changing circumstances and commented that this must continue.

 

RESOLVED it is noted that:

 

(1)                  the savings achieved in year to date total £1.844 million with a further £331k in progress.

 

(2)                  the forecast year end position is currently for a reduction to the Council’s General Fund balance of £38k.

 

(3)                  the details of specific budgetary issues identified by officers and the actions being taken to address those issues

 

(4)                  the current level of Capital expenditure as shown on Appendix 2.

 

108.

Treasury Management Strategy 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 120 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources seeking to formally recommend that Council approves the Treasury Management Strategy, the prudential indicators and notes the Treasury activities.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED it is recommended to Council that the Treasury Management Strategy be approved.

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources that informed them of the contents of the Treasury Management Strategy, the prudential indicators and Treasury activities.

 

The Cabinet Member for Environment noted that the strategy was prudent.  The Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning reminded Members that the current financial climate requires careful monitoring of investments and commented that the strategy presented a sensible approach.

 

 

RESOLVED it is recommended to Council that the Treasury Management Strategy be approved.

109.

Pay Policy Statement 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources seeking approval of the Council’s Pay Policy Statement for 2018/19.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED it is recommended to Council that the Pay Policy Statement for 2018/19 attached as Appendix 1 be approved.

 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources that presented the Pay Policy Statement for 2018-19.

 

The Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods read a summary provided by the Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources advising Members of the key features of the report.

 

 

RESOLVED it is recommended to Council that the Pay Policy Statement for 2018-19 attached as Appendix One be approved.

 

110.

Risk Based Verification pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources seeking approval for the annual review of the Risk Based Verification Policy in determining evidence requirements for the assessment of new Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support claims.

 

Please note that Appendix 1 is exempt from disclosure to the press and public by virtue of Paragraph 7 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 as amended (information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime.). If Members wish to discuss Appendix 1 the Cabinet will need to resolve to exclude the press and public before doing so.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED that:

 

(1)       the reviewed Risk Based Verification Policy for verifying Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support claims as outlined (Appendix 1) is approved

 

(2)       the reviewed Risk Based Verification policy as at January 2018 (Appendix 1) is approved for implementation from 1st April 2018.

 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Cabinet Member for Performance and Resources that sought Members to approve the annual review of the Risk Based Verification Policy in determining evidence requirements for the assessment of new Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support claims.

 

The Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods informed Members that the policy adopted the recommendations of the Department for Work and Pensions.  The Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning asked if the actions represented a continuation of current practice.  The Head of Policy and Resources responded that it was.

 

 

RESOLVED that:

 

(1)       the reviewed Risk Based Verification Policy for verifying Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support claims as outlined (Appendix 1) is approved

 

(2)       the reviewed Risk Based Verification policy as at January 2018 (Appendix 1) is approved for implementation from 1st April 2018.

 

 

 
 
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