Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Contact: Democratic Services Department 

Items
No. Item

847.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor B Carter, Councillor L Davies and Councillor W R Smith.

848.

Declarations of Interest

Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct

 

Note:

 

(a)  Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and

 

(b)  Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave

Minutes:

Councillor I Thomas Declared his Interest in Items seven and eight – Budget Requirement and Council Tax 2019/20 – State of the Council Debate and Council Tax Resolution 2019/20 as he is a Member of the Bedlinog Community Council and has Dispensation to speak and vote.  

 

Councillor S Jago Declared her Interest in Items seven and eight – Budget Requirement and Council Tax 2019/20 – State of the Council Debate and Council Tax Resolution 2019/20 as she is a Member of the Bedlinog Community Council and has Dispensation to speak and vote. 

849.

Exempt

In order for the following to be considered in private, it is suggested that the public be excluded from the Meeting on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph/s 13,14 under Part 4 of Schedule 12A Section 100 (A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

 

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The public be excluded from the Meeting on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 13 and 14 under Part 4 of Schedule 12A Section 100 (A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

850.

Temporary Increased Enhancement VR/VER - Phase 2

To consider report of the Chief Executive

Minutes:

Councillor K O’Neill referred to the ‘Temporary Increased Enhancement VR/VER – Phase 2’ report and the recommendations as contained within the report.

 

The Chief Executive then outlined the decision taken at the Cabinet Meeting held earlier in the day in relation to Recommendation 2.2 which was now removed from the recommendations.

 

A Member then proposed that the enhancement be extended to the staff referred to in Paragraph 5.0 of the report but after receiving advice from the Officers withdrew the proposal.

 

Resolved subject to the foregoing that:

 

Recommendations 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6 and 2.7 as outlined within the report be accepted.

851.

Enhanced Package Closure of VR/VER Offer

To consider report of the Chief Executive

Minutes:

Councillor K O’Neill referred to the ‘Enhanced Package Closure of VR/VER Offer’ report and the recommendations as contained within the report.

 

The Chief Executive then referred to recommendation 2.17 and recommended that ‘the two posts being turned down by Council on 4 March 2019’ be added to the recommendation.

 

Resolved subject to the foregoing that:

 

Recommendations 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10, 2.11, 2.12, 2.13, 2.14, 2.15, 2.16, 2.17 (with the addition of ‘the two Posts being turned down by Council on 4 March 2019’), 2.18, 2.19, 2.20, 2.21, 2.22, 2.23, 2.24, 2.25, 2.26, 2.27, 2.28, 2.29, 2.30, 2.31, 2.32, 2.33, 2.34 and 2.35 as contained within the report be approved.

852.

Update on Structural Changes March 2019

To consider report of the Chief Executive

Minutes:

Councillor K O’Neill referred to the ‘Update on Structural Changes March 2019’ report and the recommendations as contained within the report.

 

Resolved that:

 

Recommendations 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9 and 2.10 as contained within the report be approved.

Re-Opened Session

853.

Budget Requirement and Council Tax 2019/20 - State of the Council Debate pdf icon PDF 692 KB

To consider report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor K O’Neill referred to the ‘Budget Requirement and Council Tax 2019/20 – State of the Council Debate’ report and the recommendations as contained within the report and advised that with regard to recommendation 2.3 it should read ‘Utilisation of £483,000 from General Reserves for 2019/20’ and not £430.000.

 

Councillor K O’Neill Leader of the Council then addressed the Council and thanked all Members, Officers and Staff for their support.

 

Councillor O’Neill then moved recommendations 2.1 to 2.8 as contained within the report subject to the amendment to recommendation 2.3 and that in the event that recommendations 2.1 to 2.8 are not approved by Council, it is agreed that a further report be brought to Council on 5th March 2019 at 5.30pm and that the Council Procedure Rule 4.01.16 (B) does not apply in this matter until a Balanced Budget is set. 

 

The Chief Executive then referred to recommendation 2.3 the utilisation of General Reserves and the effect on recommendation 2.5 the Medium Term Financial Plan and recommended that the following be added to recommendation 2.5 – ‘That subject to recommendation 2.3 being reflected in a revised Medium Term Financial Plan and be brought back to Council on 20 March 2019 for noting not debate’

 

The Chief Finance Officer also referred to Paragraph 8.5.4 of Appendix 5 (The Medium Term Financial Plan) and advised that the figure would have to change owing to the amendment to recommendation 2.3.

 

Considerable debate then ensued on the report with the questions raised by the Members being responded to in detail by the Officers.

 

Councillor D Roberts then addressed the Council and advised that the Labour Group could not support the Budget and had decided not to vote against the Budget but would abstain.

 

Resolved subject to the foregoing that:

 

2.1       The Council Tax increase of 5.99% for 2019/20 (‘Band D’ of £1,590.35) for the County Borough Council be approved.

 

2.2       The Budget Requirement of £120.293 million for 2019/20 (net revenue budget) be approved.

 

2.3       Utilisation of £483,000 from General Reserves for 2019/20 be approved.

 

2.4       The core funded Capital Programme of £43.458 million for the period 2019/20 to 2022/23 be approved.

 

2.5       The Medium Term Financial Plan 2019/20 to 2022/23 (including the Capital Strategy Report 2019/20 and Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2019/20) be approved and subject to recommendation 2.3 being reflected in a revised Medium Term Financial Plan and be brought back to Council on 20 March 2019 for noting not debate

 

2.6       The Prudential Indicators contained within the Medium Term Financial Plan be approved with authorisation for managing and monitoring the authorised limit and operational boundary delegated to the Chief Finance Officer.

 

2.7       The Minimum Revenue Provision Statement for 2019/20 as detailed in paragraph 8.4 of the report be approved.

 

2.8       The Chief Finance Officer’s comments relating to the robustness of the estimates and adequacy of reserves be noted.

854.

Council Tax Resolution 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 169 KB

To consider report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

(a)  The formal statutory Council Tax resolutions 2019/20 as outlined in Appendix 1, and summarised in Paragraph 5.1 of the report, be noted and approved.

 

(b)  The South Wales Police Authority approved precept for 2019/20 of £4,694,003 for the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council area be noted.

 

(c)  The Bedlinog Community Council approved precept for 2019/20 of £22,750 for the Community Council area be noted.

 

(d)  The Welsh Government 2019/20 Non Domestic Rate for Wales of 52.6 pence in the £ be noted.

 

855.

To deal with any other urgent business or correspondence

Minutes:

The Mayor advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

856.

To receive communications from Her/His Worship the Mayor

Minutes:

No Communications were received from His Worship the Mayor.

 

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