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Apologies were received from Councillor Christine Stuart.
Declarations of Interest
Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests and any other non- pecuniary interests (personal interests) relevant to items on this agenda.
The Mayor advised that the Monitoring Officer had granted a dispensation to all Members to vote on the Budget and Council Tax item, on the grounds that the item unusually spans the entirety of the Council’s activity and consequently, it was more likely that a Member would find themselves with interests which would arguably be regarded as a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest which would preclude them, otherwise, from participating in the Budget debate.
To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 15 December 2020.
The minutes of the previous meeting, held on 15 December 2020, were approved as a correct record.
The Mayor announced that the Mayor’s Ball which was provisionally due to take place on 23rd April would need to be cancelled.
As customary at the February Council meeting, the Mayor extended the Council's congratulations to all those who lived or worked in the Royal Borough who were honoured in this year’s New Year’s Honours list.
It was also announced that the Mayor had received a large number of nominations for the annual Mayor’s Awards. In addition to the normal Community Awards this year there was also a special category of Covid Awards and the judging Panel had recently had the difficult task of trying to decide which individuals and organisations were particularly worthy of special recognition. It was noted that the Council would shortly announce all of the recipients of an award.
The Mayor reminded Members that the Mobile Mop Up project which had been run in the borough in partnership with Genuine Solutions was underway. The Mayor called for donations of unwanted mobile phones so that they could be reused or the parts recycled, so the Mayor's Charitable Trust could continue to benefit from the proceeds raised.
To receive petitions submitted by Councillors, or by members of the public who live, work or study in the Borough, on a matter in relation to which the Council has powers or duties or which affects the Royal Borough. The petition must contain at least 20 signatures, and notice of the intention to submit the petition must be given in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10am the day before the meeting. The petitioner will have up to 2 minutes speaking time to present the petition. Up to 5 petitions can be presented at the meeting which will be presented in order of the number of signatories. (Any remaining petitions can be submitted, without speaking.)
Petitions will be processed in accordance with the Council’s Petition Scheme.
There were no petitions.
To consider the recommendations of the Response and Recovery Committee meeting on 16 February 2021 as set out in Appendix A attached (with reference to the Budget Pack circulated as a separate document to all Members).
To enable the Council to approve the budget and set the Council Tax for 2021/22, Members considered a report (at Appendix A of the agenda), in association with the ‘Budget Report 2021/22 to 2024/25’ pack which had been published and circulated separately to Members.
The Budget Report pack included detailed information in the following Annexes:
? Annex 01 - Budget Risk 2021-22,
? Annex 02 - Reconciliation between original budget 2020_21 and proposed budget 2021_22,
? Annex 03 - Statutory Council Tax Calculation 2021-22,
? Annex 04 - Parking, Bus Lanes & Moving Traffic 2020-21,
? Annex 05 - RBK Budget Growth 2021-22 - amended,
? Annex 06 - RBK Budget Savings 2021-22 to 2024-25 - amended,
? Annex 07 - Summary of 2021-22 Budget by Service,
? Annex 08 - Summary of 2021-22 Budget by expenditure type,
? Annex 09 - Flexible Use of Capital Receipts Strategy 2021-22,
? Annex 10 HRA BUDGET REPORT 2021-22,
? Annex 11 - Kingston Capital Strategy 2021-25,
? Annex 11 - Enclosure 1 - Capital Programme 2021-22-2024-25 (2021-22),
? Annex 12 - RBK Treasury Strategy 2021-25,
? Annex 13 - RBK Pay Policy Statement 2021-22,
? Annex 14 - RBK Schools Budget 2021-22,
? Annex 14 - Enclosure 1 - Schools Budget 2021-22,
? Annex 14 - Enclosure 2 - Schools Budget 2021-22,
? Annex 14 - Enclosure 3 - Schools Budget 2021-22,
? Updated Annex 03 - Statutory Council Tax Calculation 2021-22 (as set out in the published late material),
Key features of the 2021/22 Budget proposals were:
· Growth and investment in services to meet the Council’s key priorities and demand pressures of £11.535m
· The identification of £7.415m of revenue savings, of which £3.093m were as a direct result of the Transformation programme.
· An average Council Tax at band D of £1,693.57, a 1.99% increase in the Council Tax set by Kingston Council and a 3% increase in the Adult Social Care precept.
· A general fund reserve of £19.633m for 2021/22 was held at the level of this year’s figure with no increase applied.
· A Capital Programme to provide infrastructure investment in Kingston. The general fund capital programme over four years from 2021/22 would be £113.3m.
Members noted that the Budget was designed to support the Council in meeting the significant challenges it faced in ensuring services for its residents and some of the most vulnerable communities were protected against a backdrop of increasing demand in terms of volume and complexity, decreasing resources available to fund those services and the ongoing financial challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Executive Director, Corporate and Communities had been authorised by the Response and Recovery Committee to make any necessary changes to the GLA precept in the Council Tax Calculation (Annex A) (which might arise from the GLA Budget meeting on 25 February) prior to submission to Budget Council. However, Late Material circulated prior to the Council meeting reported that, in the event, the GLA budget had been approved without amendment and therefore no amendments to the Council Tax calculation in Annex A were necessary. The Late Material also confirmed that the final local ... view the full minutes text for item 57.
Appointments of Members to Committees, Panels and other bodies
The Council is RECOMMENDED to make any appointments of Members to Committees, Panels and other bodies. Further details of nominations will be circulated prior to the meeting.
This item was deferred to the next meeting of the Council.
Urgent Items authorised by the Mayor
To consider any items which, in the view of the Mayor, should be dealt with as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances in accordance with S100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.
There were no urgent items.