Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Contact: Democratic Services Department 

Items
No. Item

764.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor D Chaplin and Councillor S Jago.

765.

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 Item Four – Council Tax Resolution 2020/21 as he is a Member of the Bedlinog and Trelewis Community Council and has Dispensation to Speak and Vote.

766.

Budget Requirement and Council Tax 2020/21 - State of the Council Debate pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider report of the Interim Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Carys Kennedy advised that there was need for further discussion on the two agenda items and therefore the Meeting would be adjourned for one hour.

 

The Meeting was then adjourned until 6.00 pm.

 

Upon resumption of the Meeting:

 

Councillor K O’Neill Leader of the Council referred to the Budget Requirement and Council Tax 2020/21 – State of the Council Debate’ report and addressed the Council reviewing and summarising some of the key achievements of the Authority and its Officers.

 

Councillor K O‘Neill also thanked all Members, Officers and Staff of the Authority for their continued support, particularly in such difficult times of decreasing finance and for delivering high performing services for the Citizens of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough.

 

Councillor K O’Neill then moved the recommendations as contained within the report.

 

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

 

The Council were also advised of  typographical errors in Appendix G – Ref 41- Corporate Costs as it should read ‘2019’ not ‘2009’ and Appendix K – Ref 22 – Ysgol Y Graig Infrastructure should read ‘2021’ not ‘2020’.

 

After consideration by the Members it was

 

Resolved subject to the foregoing that:

 

(a)  The Council Tax increase of 4.99% for 2020/21 (‘Band D’ of £1,669.71) for the County Borough Council be approved

(b)  The Budget Requirement of £127.533 million for 2020/21 (net revenue budget) be approved

(c)  The core funded Capital Programme of £46.331 million for the period 2020/21 to 2023/24 be approved

(d)  The Medium Term Financial Plan 2020/21 to 2023/24 (including the Capital Strategy Report 2020/21 and Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2020/21) be approved

(e)  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

(f)   The Minimum Revenue Provision Statement for 2020/21 as detailed in Paragraph 8.4 of the report be approved

(g)  The Chief Finance Officer’s comments relating to the robustness of the estimates and adequacy of reserves be noted

 

767.

Council Tax Resolution 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 493 KB

To consider report of the Interim Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

(a)  The formal Statutory Council Tax resolutions 2020/21 as outlined in Appendix 1 of the report and summarised in Paragraph 5.1 of the report be noted and approved

(b)  The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales approved precept for 2020/21 of £5,018,102 for the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council area be noted

(c)  The Bedlinog and Trelewis Community Council approved precept for 2020/21 of £23,250 for the Community Council area be noted

(d)  The Welsh Government 2020/21 Non Domestic Rate for Wales of 53.5 pence in the pound be noted

768.

To deal with any other urgent business or correspondence

Minutes:

The Mayor advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

769.

To receive communications from Her/His Worship the Mayor

Minutes:

No Communications were received from His Worship the Mayor.

 

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