To receive any apologies for absence from any Members.
To approve the minutes of the meetings held on 19 November 2020, 30 November 2020 and 1 December 2020 as accurate records.
In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which exceeds £50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a cumulative value of £50 or more when received from a single donor within a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.
To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.
To receive Announcements, if any, from the Mayor, the Leader, Head of Paid Service and Returning Officer.
For Members to consider a report on the Scheme of Members’ Allowances 2021-22.
Please note that the Budget reports have been updated on Sunday 7 March 2021 and only the reports listed in the Supplementary Agenda pack should be used for this item.
a) Questions to the Leader
To last for a total of 15 minutes, the first three minutes available for announcements from the Leader.
b) Questions to the Cabinet Members for Croydon Renewal and Resources & Financial Governance
To last for a total of 15 minutes, the first three minutes available for announcements from the Cabinet Members.
c) Scrutiny Business Report
To last for a total of 10 minutes, the first two minutes available for announcements from the Chair of Scrutiny and Overview Committee.
d) Council Tax Debate
The mover of the budget recommendations shall have 10 minutes to speak, followed by the Leader of the Opposition who shall have 10 minutes to speak. There shall then be five further Members from each group called to speak for no more than three minutes each. The debate shall conclude with a right of reply from the Leader of the Council or other Cabinet Member for not more than five minutes.
At the conclusion of the debate the following recommendations will be taken through a recorded vote:
The Revenue Budget for 2021/22 and notes the 3 Year Medium Term Financial Plan as detailed within Section 11 which is based upon the:
i. Council’s request for a Capitalisation Direction of £150m covering financial years 2020/21 to 2023/24, of which a direction of up to £120m has been granted in respect of 2020/21 and 2021/22.
ii. A 1.99% general increase in the Council Tax for Croydon Services (a level of increase Central Government has assumed in all Councils’ spending power calculation).
iii. A 3.00% increase in the Adult Social Care precept (a charge Central Government has assumed all councils’ will levy in its spending power calculations).
iv. To note the draft GLA increase of 9.5% on the Council Tax precept for 2021/22.
v. With reference to the principles for 2021/22 determined by the Secretary of State under s.52ZC (1) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (as amended) confirm that in accordance with s.52ZB (1) the Council Tax and GLA precept referred to above are not excessive in terms of the most recently issued principles and as such to note that no referendum is required. This is detailed further in section 3.8 of this report.
vi. The calculation of budget requirement and council tax as set out in Appendix C and D including the GLA increase. This will result in a total increase of 5.83% in the overall council tax bill for Croydon.
vii. The revenue budget assumptions as detailed in this report and the associated appendices.
viii. The programme of revenue savings, income and growth by department for Financial Years 2021/22 to 2023/24 (Appendix A).
ix. The Capital Programme as set out in Section 18, table 17 and 18 of this report, except where noted for specific programmes, are subject to separate Cabinet reports.
x. To agree that in light of the impact on the Council's revenue budget no capital contractual commitment should be entered into until a review of revenue affordability has been concluded.
xi. To approve that any receipts that come from the Council’s company Brick by Brick will first be applied to the accrued interest and any subsequent receipts will be used to pay down the principle loan balance.
xii. To note there are no proposed amendments to the Council’s existing Council Tax Support Scheme for the financial year 2021/22.
xiii. The adoption of the Pay Policy statement at Appendix G.
To consider the recommendations made by Cabinet or Committees since the last ordinary Council meeting relating to the following matters:
Cabinet – 1 March 2021
i. Treasury Management Strategy Statement, Capital Strategy, Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy 2021/2022;
Cabinet – 18 February 2021
ii. Rent Setting Policy for Council Homes;
iii. Review of Brick by Brick Croydon Ltd: Brick by Brick Shareholder decision – the future of the company;
iv. Croydon Equalities Strategy;
Ethics Committee – 11 February 2021
v. Succession Planning for and Recruitment and Appointment of Further Independent Persons; and
Ethics Committee – 19 February 2021
vi. Complaint under the Councillor Code of Conduct
The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:
“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”