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Decisions published

18/02/2021 - Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme Grant Funding ref: 62828    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder Decision Meeting

Made at meeting: 18/02/2021 - Portfolio Holder Decision Meeting

Decision published: 19/02/2021

Effective from: 18/02/2021

Decision:

The Leader of the Council considered a report requesting authority for Harrow Council to receive and utilise grant funding from the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme in order to carry out energy works that supported the decarbonisation of public buildings.

 

The Head of Natural Resources & Climate Strategy, who was present in the virtual meeting, explained that Harrow Council had submitted a number of applications prior to the scheme’s closing date in January 2021.  A formal notification of whether any had been successful was expected next week.  The government’s approach was that any allocated funds would be paid in advance this financial year and would have to be spent by the end of September 2021.  The Director of Finance added that as the grant funding was expected to be below the £5 million threshold for expenditure covered by additional external sources, it would be accounted for and included in the Council’s Capital Programme.

 

The Leader of the Council thanked officers for their report and stressed the urgency of the decision which was required in order to enable the Council to confirm formal authority and preparedness to accept any potential funds by the Government’s deadline of 20 February 2021 should any of its bids were successful.  Having noted the importance of the such funding and the subsequent benefits it would bring to Harrow, the Leader

 

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          the principle of the Council accepting any grant funding received from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme under section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003 be approved;

 

(2)          the Corporate Director, Community be authorised to enter into documentation and take all other necessary actions to:

 

(a)          formally accept specific awards of funding from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme; and

 

(b)          procure and deliver the implementation of works for which funding had been received.

 

(3)          the Director of Finance be authorised to amend the capital programme to include any capital grant funding awarded to the Council under the terms of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, subject to the capital project meeting the requirements of Financial Regulation B48.

 

(4)          the outcome of the Council’s funding applications  be reported to a future meeting of Cabinet.

 

Reason for Decision:  To enable the Council to receive and use external funding for the delivery of energy works that would support decarbonisation of its built estate, thereby taking action to address the climate emergency.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Leader/Dispensation Granted:  None.

 

[Call-in did not apply as a waiver of Call-in had been obtained from the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee that the decision proposed was reasonable and should be treated as a matter of urgency as any delay likely to be caused by the Call-in process would seriously prejudice the Council’s interests.

 

Reasons for Urgency:  This decision was urgent in order to provide confirmation to Salix Finance, the Scheme administrators, by the Government’s deadline of 20February 2021 that the Council was prepared to accept any awarded grant funding, such funding to be paid in advance prior to the 20/21 financial year end for delivery of works in the next financial year.]


11/02/2021 - Commissioning of Harrow Paediatric Services ref: 62823    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet is requested to:

1.    Delegate authority to the Corporate Director People Services, following consultation with the Portfolio Holders for Young People and Schools and Finance and Resources, to approve the financial contribution to be made by the Council to Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group via the People Services overarching s75 Agreement for  jointly commissioned paediatric services for SALT and OT.

 

2.    Delegate authority to the Corporate Director People Services to review of the current People Services overarching s75 Agreement with Harrow CCG, and agree a new s75 Agreement for 1st April 2022 implementation.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/02/2021

Effective from: 20/02/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          the Corporate Director of People Services, following consultation with the Portfolio Holders for Young People and Schools and Finance and Resources, be authorised to approve the financial contribution to be made by the Council to Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group via the People Services overarching section 75 Agreement for jointly commissioned paediatric services;

 

(2)          the Corporate Director of People Services, following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Young People and Schools, be authorised to review the current People Services overarching section 75 Agreement with Harrow CCG and agree a new 5-year agreement with an option to extend for a further 5 years thereafter that would commence from 1st April 2022.

 

Reason for Decision:  To fulfil the statutory requirement of Local Authorities to commission community health services for all children and young people in their area.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

Wards/Areas affected: (All Wards/Areas);

Lead officer: Corporate Director, People


11/02/2021 - Treasury Management Strategy Statement including Annual Investment Strategy for 2021/22 and Capital Strategy for 2021/22 ref: 62827    Recommend Forward to Council

Cabinet is asked to note the report and recommend to Council that the Treasury Management Strategy Statement for 2021/22 be approved including:

·         Prudential Indicators for 2021/22;

·         Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement for 2021/22;

·         Annual Investment Strategy for 2021/22.

·         •Capital Strategy for 2021/22

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/02/2021

Effective from: 11/02/2021

Decision:

Resolved to RECOMMEND: (to Council)

 

(1)          That the Treasury Management Strategy Statement for 2021/22 be approved, including:

 

·         Prudential Indicators for 2021/22

·         Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement for 2021/22, as set out in paragraph 2.10 and Appendix C to the officer report; 

·         Annual Investment Strategy for 2021/22

 

(2)          That the Annual Capital Strategy as set out in Appendix G to the officer report, be approved.

 

Reason for Recommendation:  Topromote effective financial management relating to the Authority’s borrowing and investment powers contained in the Local Government Act 2003, and supporting regulations and guidance detailed below:

 

·                     the Local Authorities (Capital Finance and Accounting) Regulations 2003 (as amended);

·                     CIPFA Prudential Code and Treasury Management Code of Practice 2017;

·                     MHCLG Investment and MRP Guidance 2018.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

 

[Call-in did not apply to the decisions above as they were reserved to full Council.]

Wards/Areas affected: (All Wards/Areas);

Lead officer: Director of Finance


11/02/2021 - Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget 2021-22 and Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) 2022-23 to 2023-24 ref: 62826    Recommend Forward to Council

To approve the HRA budget for 2021-22 & MTFS for submission to Cabinet (then Council) for approval of rents, service charges, revenue and capital budgets.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/02/2021

Effective from: 11/02/2021

Decision:

Resolved to RECOMMEND:  (to Council)

 

That

 

(1)          the Housing Revenue Account Budget for 2021-22 be approved.

 

(2)          the Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme, as set out at Appendix 7 to the report, be approved.

 

[Call-in did not apply to the decisions above as they were reserved to full Council.]

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(3)          the proposed average weekly rent for non-sheltered and sheltered accommodation of £118.01 and £98.18 for 2021-22 respectively as set out in paragraph 34 of the report, be approved;

 

(4)          the proposed average weekly tenant service charge of £3.32 per week as set out in paragraph 40 of the report, be approved;

 

(5)          the proposed average weekly rents for affordable rented and shared ownership accommodation of £197.11 and £199.82 for 2021-22 respectively as set out in paragraph 35 to 36, be approved;

 

(6)          an increase in the overall Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Capital programme of £40,728,480 made up £9,762,940 planned investment & Housing IT and £30,965,540 Building Council Homes for Londoners (BCHfL) as set out in paragraphs 56 to 66 of the report, be approved.

 

(7)          the Corporate Director of Community, following consultation with the Portfolio Holders for Housing and Finance and Resources and Director of Finance, be authorised to consider the results of the Tenant Service Charges review (and any consultation on this) and approve any changes to existing tenant service charges for the financial year 2021/22, as set out in paragraph 40 of the report;

 

(8)          the following be noted:

 

a)          charges for Facilities, Community Halls, Garages and Water to remained unchanged as set out in appendices 3 to 6 to the report. Reconfigured planned investment programme which continues to focus on health and safety and compliance as well as supporting increased flexibility in its delivery.  In the coming years we were also making provision to support the Council’s ambition to reduce carbon emissions.

b)          assumptions made in construction of the budget.

c)          risk Management Implications which require prudent financial reserves, volatility around borrowing costs and ongoing probability of reforms in the housing sector.

 

Reason for the Decision:  To recommend the HRA budget and capital programme for 2021-22 and the MTFS for 2022-23 to 2023?24.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

 

[Call-in did not apply to the decisions above as they were reserved to full Council.]

Wards/Areas affected: (All Wards/Areas);

Lead officer: Divisional Director, Housing Services


11/02/2021 - Revenue and Capital Monitoring 2020/21 - Quarter 3 as at 31st December 2020 ref: 62825    Recommendations Approved

1.    To note the Revenue and Capital forecast position as at Quarter 3

2.    To approve virements

3.    To approve any amendment in the capital programme delegated to Cabinet

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/02/2021

Effective from: 20/02/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          the revenue and capital forecast positions set out in paragraphs 1.2 and 1.10 of the officer report, be noted;

 

(2)          the grave concerns being expressed at the legacy impact of COVID-19 over the Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) and the work being undertaken on finance sustainability, as set out in paragraphs 2.46 to 2.53 of the officer report, be noted;

 

(3)          the proposed amendments to the Capital Programme as set out in paragraphs 3.33 to 3.35 of the officer report, be approved;

 

(4)          progress on the Council’s Trading Update as at Quarter 3, as detailed in Appendix 6 to the officer report, be noted.

 

Reason for Decision:  To report the 2020/21 forecast financial position as at Quarter 3 (31 December 2020), update Cabinet on trading company performance and seek approval for Capital Programme adjustments which required Cabinet approval in accordance with the Financial Regulations.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

Divisional Director of Housing

 

Councillor Phil O’Dell, Portfolio Holder for Housing, advised that this was the last Cabinet meeting of Nick Powell, Divisional Director for Housing. On behalf of all Cabinet Members, he expressed his gratitude to Mr Powell for his time and hard work leading the Council’s regeneration programme and wished him every success in the future.

 

Wards/Areas affected: (All Wards/Areas);

Lead officer: Charlie Stewart


11/02/2021 - Final Revenue Budget 2021/22 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021/22 - 2023/24 ref: 62824    Recommend Forward to Council

To recommend to Council:

·         The proposed revenue budget 2021/22 and the Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021/22 to 2023/24 to enable the Council Tax to be set

·         The members allowance scheme 2021/22

·         The 2021/22 pay policy statement

·         The 2021/22 schools budget

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/02/2021

Effective from: 11/02/2021

Decision:

Resolved to RECOMMEND: (to Council)

 

That

 

(1)          the 2021/22 budget, taking into account the results of the various consultations and equality impact assessments, be approved to enable the Council Tax for 2021/22 to be set (Appendix 2 to the report refers);

 

(2)          the Model Council Tax Resolution 2021/22, as set out in Appendix 11 to the report, be approved;

 

(3)          the Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS), as set out in Appendix 2 to the officer report, be approved;

 

(4)          the 2021/22 Members’ Allowance Scheme, as set out in Appendix 12 to the officer report, be approved;

 

(5)          the 2021/22 Annual Pay Policy Statement, as set out in Appendix 13 to the officer report, be approved;

 

(6)          the Capital Receipts Flexibility Strategy, as set out in Appendix 14 to the report, be approved.

 

[Call-in did not apply to the decisions above as they were reserved to full Council.]

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(7)          in accordance with Section 38 (2) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, the Chief Executive be instructed to place a notice in the local press of the amounts set under recommendation 2 above with a period of 21 days following the Council’s decision;

 

(8)          the following be noted:

 

a)            the balanced budget position for 2021/and the budget gaps of £24.651m and £5.098m for 2022/23 and 2023/24 respectively (Table 5 of the officer report refers)

 

b)            the intention to increase Council Tax by 1.99% in 2021/22 (Paragraph 1.20 of the officer refers);

 

c)            the proposal to increase Council Tax by a further 3% in 2021/22 in respect of the Adult Social Care Precept (Paragraph 1.20 of the officer report refers;

 

d)            the 2021/22 budgets for Schools and Public Health as set out in Appendices 6 & 7 to the officer report;

 

e)            the assumed funding for the protection of social care 2021/22 through the Better Care Fund as set out in paragraphs 1.74 to 1.78 of the officer report;

 

f)             the requirement to develop a fully costed budget and implementation plan, to the value of a minimum £10m, to bring to Cabinet on preparation to feed into the budget setting round for 2022/23 (Paragraph 1.83 of the officer report refers;

 

Reason for Recommendation:  To ensure that the Council set a balanced budget for 2021/22.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

Wards/Areas affected: (All Wards/Areas);

Lead officer: Charlie Stewart


11/02/2021 - Final Capital Programme 2021/22 to 2023/24 ref: 62822    Recommend Forward to Council

To approve to Council:

·         Final of 2021/22 to 2023/24 Capital Programme

·         The Capital Strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 11/02/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 12/02/2021

Effective from: 11/02/2021

Decision:

Resolved to RECOMMEND:  (to Council)

 

That the Capital Programme 2021/22 to 2023/24, as detailed in Appendix 1 to the officer report, be approved.

 

Reason for Recommendation:  To enable the Council to have an approved Capital Programme for 2020/21 to 2022/24

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

 

[Call-in did not apply to the decision above as it was reserved to full Council.]

Wards/Areas affected: (All Wards/Areas);

Lead officer: Charlie Stewart