Agenda

County Council - Wednesday, 23rd February, 2022 3.00 pm

Venue: County Hall, Morpeth

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 310 KB

Minutes of the meeting of County Council held on Wednesday 5 January 2022 as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record, signed by the Business Chair and sealed with the Common Seal of the Council

3.

DISCLOSURE OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS

Unless already entered in the Council’s Register of Members’ interests, members are required to disclose any personal interest (which includes any disclosable pecuniary interest) they may have in any of the items included on the agenda for the meeting in accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council on 4 July 2012, and are reminded that if they have any personal interests of a prejudicial nature (as defined under paragraph 17 of the Code Conduct) they must not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must leave the room

NB Any member needing clarification must contact monitoringofficer@northumberland.gov.uk. Please refer to the guidance on disclosures at the rear of this agenda letter.

4.

ANNOUNCEMENTS by the Business Chair, Leader or Head of Paid Service.

5.

CORRESPONDENCE (if any) to date of meeting

6.

QUESTIONS to be put to the Business Chair, a member of the Cabinet or the Chair of any Committee or Sub Committee, in accordance with the Constitution's Rules of Procedure No.9.

7.

TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE CABINET MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 249 KB

(1)      Tuesday  11 January 2022

(2)      Tuesday 8 February 2022

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8.

TO RECEIVE AND CONSIDER MINUTES from the following Committees pdf icon PDF 159 KB

(1)      Corporate Services and Economic Growth OSC         

 

(2)      Family and Children’s Services OSC                          

 

(3)      Communities and Place OSC                                     

 

(4)      Health and Wellbeing OSC                              

 

(5)      Health and Wellbeing Board                                       

 

(6)      Audit Committee                                                        

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9.

REPORT OF THE DEPUTY LEADER pdf icon PDF 372 KB

Budget Consultation Report 2022-23

 

This report provides a summary of results of the budget consultation undertaken between 10th December 2021 and 21st January 2022.  The budget consultation helps to inform the Council’s Budget and Medium-Term Financial Plan

10.

REPORTS OF THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND S151 OFFICER pdf icon PDF 1 MB

(1)      Budget 2022-23 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2022-26

 

The report provides the Revenue Budget for 2022-23 and Revenue Medium-Term  Financial Plan (MTFP) 2022-26 and the Capital Budget for 2022-23 and Capital MTFP  2022-26, following the Government’s Spending Round Announcement 2021 (SR 2021), on 27 October 2021, and the publication of the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement on 16 December 2021. 

 

It is important to note that there may need to be some revisions to the figures following receipt of the Government’s February 2022 Final Local Government Finance Settlement figures. It is proposed that any changes to the figures as a result of this announcement, which impact on the Budget 2022-23 and MTFP 2022-26 are delegated to the Council’s Section 151 Officer in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services.

 

The budget book is enclosed for only those members who have not previously received it with their Cabinet or Scrutiny agendas. Members are asked to note that Appendices 1,3, 11 and 14 have been updated since those agendas were despatched. Copies of the updated appendices are enclosed. 

 

(2)      Approval of Revenues and Benefits Policies for 2022-23

 

The purpose of this report is to update Members on the policies governing the administration of Revenues and Benefits and seek approval for the updates and amendments highlighted.

 

(3)      Council Tax 2022-23

 

To provide Council Members with the financial information to enable the Council to calculate and set the Council Tax for 2022-23.

 

 

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11.

REPORT OF THE HEAD OF PAID SERVICE pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Executive Management Structure Review

 

The purpose of the report is to seek approval to the implementation of the revised Executive management arrangements for Council

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12.

JOINT REPORT OF THE MONITORING OFFICER AND THE INTERIM SENIOR SERVICE DIRECTOR pdf icon PDF 295 KB

Political Proportionality

 

To determine the political proportionality of the registered political groups on the council and to allocate seats on committees in accordance with that proportionality in accordance with the provisions of Sections 15 and 16 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989

13.

REPORT OF THE INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND S151 OFFICER pdf icon PDF 193 KB

Arrangements for the Appointment of the Local Auditor (External Auditor)

 

To seek Council approval to opt-in to the Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA) Limited arrangements from 1 April 2023 for the five financial years commencing 2023-24 to 2027-28

14.

REPORT OF THE INTERIM SENIOR SERVICE DIRECTOR pdf icon PDF 121 KB

Corporate Plan Refresh 2021-24

 

This Report presents the Council’s Corporate Plan for 2021-2024, agreed by Cabinet on 18th November 2021.  The Plan builds on the progress from the previous Corporate Plan and presents a refreshed vision, aims and priorities.  This refresh takes account of the changing social and economic context as a result of the Covid Pandemic and the Council’s priorities for leading recovery across the County in the coming months and years.  The priorities in the Corporate Plan will be delivered through the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan, Service Planning and Performance Frameworks

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15.

JOINT CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

The positions of Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee are currently vacant. Council is requested to elect a Chair (usually the Business Chair or his deputy) and Vice Chair (usually from the Trade Union representatives).