Venue: REMOTE MEETING - MICROSOFT TEAMS
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor D Isaac and I Cathrew and J McCarthy Co-opted Members.
Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)
Members of this Committee 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 Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members’ Code of Conduct. In addition Members must declare any prohibited party whip which the Member has been given in relation to the meeting as per the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011.
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.
No Declarations of Interest were made.
To consider report of the Interim Chief Executive
Steve Jones led the Committee in detail through the ‘Revenue Budget 2021/22’ report and together with the Officers responded in detail to the following questions raised by the Committee on the report:
· Paragraph 5.19 – Free School Meals Entitlement – When will this information be available – What are the costs
· Council Tax Bad Debt Provision – Is this still the same figure
· Pay Award – How much savings does 2% equate to
· Paragraph 3.1 – Teachers Pay Award – Is this Ring Fenced
· Appendix 4:
· Ref 5 – Explanation requested in relation to ‘seeding’
· Ref 17 – Clarification requested why no monies allocated in 2021/22 and explanation of the 2022/23 and 2023/24 figures
· Ref 51 – Details requested in relation to Gully Sucker Waste
· Ref 3 – What is the impact on school budgets – Involvement of the Governing Body
· Ref 21 – Explanation requested in relation to the projected placement figures and overspend on the Residential Budget
· Ref 47 – Explanation requested in relation to the reduction – Is there any indication of an increase
· Ref 46 – What is meant by ‘Treatment’ – Is there likely to be extra costs to bring the recycle rate up
· Ref 15 – Is this the full cost of the Service
· Explanation requested on the role of the new staff member
· Ref 73 – What degree of certainty is there to claim back from Welsh Government
· Ref 41 – Increase in costs – Has discussion taken place to bring back in house and what would be the costs
· Ref 33 – Has the South Wales PCC indicated if they would contribute for the function
· Ref 70 – Explanation of the effect on the Budget if Council Tax increases less than 4.99%
· Appendix 6:
· Have Risk Assessments been carried out
· Ref 31 – Has consultation been undertaken and to hear the views of the public
The following comments were also raised by the Members on the report in relation to:
· Fleet Savings
· Grounds Maintenance Tractor
· Household Waste Recycling Centres - The cost of Fly-tipping, Usage by residents after 5.00pm, The risk of reduced hours, Breakdown of figures for closure 1 day a week and reduced opening hours during summer months
Councillor B Carter entered the Meeting at 5.14 pm.
Any Other Business deemed urgent by the Chair
The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.