Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Venue: Assembly Room, Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn

Contact: Sam Winter, Democratic Services Manager 01553 616327 

Link: View Live Stream

Items
No. Item

CAB84

MINUTES

To approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on 16 November and 14 December 2021  (previously circulated).

 

Decision:

RESOLVED:            The Minutes of the meetings held on 16 November and 14 December 2021 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:            The Minutes of the meetings held on 16 November and 14 December 2021 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

CAB85

URGENT BUSINESS

To consider any business, which by reason of special circumstances, the Chair proposes to accept, under Section 100(b)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

Decision:

None

Minutes:

None

CAB86

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Please indicate if there are any interests which should be declared.  A declaration of an interest should indicate the nature of the interest (if not already declared on the Register of Interests) and the agenda item to which it relates.  If a disclosable pecuniary interest is declared, the member should withdraw from the room whilst the matter is discussed.

 

These declarations apply to all Members present, whether the Member is part of the meeting, attending to speak as a local Member on an item or simply observing the meeting from the public seating area.

Decision:

None

Minutes:

None

CAB87

CHAIR'S CORRESPONDENCE

To receive any Chair’s correspondence.

Decision:

None

Minutes:

None

CAB88

MEMBERS PRESENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 34

To note the names of any Councillors who wish to address the meeting under Standing Order 34.

 

Members wishing to speak pursuant to Standing Order 34 should inform the Chair of their intention to do so and on what items they wish to be heard before a decision on that item is taken.

 

Decision:

None

Minutes:

None

CAB89

CALLED IN MATTERS

To report on any Cabinet Decisions called in.

Decision:

None

Minutes:

None

CAB90

FORWARD DECISIONS pdf icon PDF 147 KB

A copy of the Forward Decisions List is attached

 

Decision:

The Forward Decisions List was noted.

Minutes:

The Forward Decisions List was noted.

CAB91

MATTERS REFERRED TO CABINET FROM OTHER BODIES pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To receive any comments and recommendations from other Council bodies which meet after the dispatch of this agenda. 

 

Decision:

The recommendations from the Corporate Performance Panel on 8 December 2021 were noted.

Minutes:

The recommendations from the Corporate Performance Panel on the Council Tax Support Scheme 2022-23 on 8 December 2021 were noted.

CAB92

COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT - FINAL SCHEME FOR 2022-2023 pdf icon PDF 512 KB

Decision:

RECOMMENDED:     That the draft Council Tax Support scheme for 2022/2023 which went to public consultation be approved as the final Council Tax Support scheme for 2022/2023.

 

 

Reason for Decision

 

To ensure a CTS scheme for working age people for 2022/2023 is agreed by full Council by 11 March 2022.

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report which set out that the council must implement a Council Tax Support (CTS) scheme for its working age residents for each financial year.  The council had to first decide on a draft CTS scheme which was open for public consultation, and then must agree a final CTS scheme, taking into account the consultation responses.

 

Since 2017, authority had been delegated to the council Leader, in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder and the s151 Officer, to agree the draft CTS scheme. The draft CTS scheme was open for consultation from 19 October 2021 to 29 November 2021 and the 14 responses received were included in the report.

 

The final CTS scheme for 2022/2023 was a continuation of the 2021/2022 CTS scheme, with an uplift to the maximum weekly CTS that could be paid under the scheme. 

 

The current limit of 75% would increase by 9% to 84% for 2022/2023 onwards.  This brought the council in line with several other Norfolk authorities, and made the CTS scheme more generous at a time when working age people may still be financially impacted by Covid-19

 

In debating the report and recommendations Cabinet supported the increase proposed and noted that the number of people on middle incomes it supported would increase and thanked officers for the work carried out and the information provided.

 

RECOMMENDED:     That the draft Council Tax Support scheme for 2022/2023 which went to public consultation be approved as the final Council Tax Support scheme for 2022/2023.

 

 

Reason for Decision

 

To ensure a CTS scheme for working age people for 2022/2023 is agreed by full Council by 11 March 2022.

 

CAB93

APPOINTMENT OF EXTERNAL AUDITORS pdf icon PDF 298 KB

Decision:

RECOMMENDED:  That the council notify PSAA of the intention to “opt in” to the national auditor appointment scheme administered by a body designated by the Secretary of State as the ‘appointing person’.  Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited (PSAA) is specified as the ‘appointing person’ for principal local government under the provisions of the Local Government Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015.

Reason for Decision

 

To comply with the requirements of the Local Government Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report on proposals for the arrangements to appoint external auditors for the council’s accounts for the five year period from 2023/2024.

 

The report set out the options for the appointment of an external auditor, each with varying risks and opportunities:

 

1.    To make a stand-alone appointment which required the council to follow the procedure set out in the Local Government Audit and Accountability Act 2014

 

2.    To act jointly with other authorities to procure an auditor (following the required procedures as set out in the Act)

 

 

3. To opt-in to the national auditor appointment scheme administered by PSAA (a body designated by the Secretary of State as the ‘appointing person’)

 

It was noted that the Audit Committee had considered the options and recommended to ‘opt-in” to the scheme led by PSAA.

 

In discussing the report cabinet noted that there was a shortage of auditors nationally which was having an effect on the audits carried out in a number of authorities across the country, the borough’s included.

 

In discussing the options available, cabinet was in agreement that the risks and additional work involved in carrying out the exercise alone or with a small number of authorities were much higher than entering into the PSAA scheme designated by the secretary of state which gave greater access to auditors and was more likely to attract a higher number of auditors to posts available and therefore more reassurance for the authority.   

RECOMMENDED:  That the council notify PSAA of the intention to “opt in” to the national auditor appointment scheme administered by a body designated by the Secretary of State as the ‘appointing person’.  Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited (PSAA) is specified as the ‘appointing person’ for principal local government under the provisions of the Local Government Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015.

Reason for Decision

 

To comply with the requirements of the Local Government Audit and Accountability Act 2014

CAB94

ASSET MANAGEMENT - LAND DISPOSAL AT SUTTON ESTATE, BURNHAM MARKET pdf icon PDF 466 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED:            1)         That the disposal of the land asset, and property, is progressed along the lines set out within the report.

2)          That delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director Property & Projects to market the site, consider offers received, and finalise disposals terms for the site, and property, detailed within the report, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder Property.

3)            That authority is granted to the council’s Legal Services provider to progress the necessary transfer, or any other associated, documentation through to completion.

 

Reason for Decision

 

The disposal of the assets identified within this report will contribute significantly to the funding of the council’s capital programme thereby helping to deliver some of its corporate objectives.  In addition, the sale of this site will provide an opportunity for the private sector to invest in the local economy and deliver a number of housing units

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report which explained that the Borough Council owned a parcel of land that had the potential for residential development, plus an adjacent residential property.  The report set out proposals for these sites and recommended to Cabinet that the properties were marketed for sale, and disposed, if an appropriate price was secured.  The council would be seeking a purchaser/developer that would deliver the housing development in line with the planning permission secured.

 

In discussing the report and proposals Councillor Sandell as ward members sought assurance that in selling the land the planning permission received would be adhered to.  It was confirmed that in selling the plots it would be made clear that was what was sought to be delivered on it.  It was also confirmed that there was no covenant on the property being sold.

 

RESOLVED:            1)         That the disposal of the land asset, and property, is progressed along the lines set out within the report.

2)          That delegated authority is given to the Assistant Director Property & Projects to market the site, consider offers received, and finalise disposals terms for the site, and property, detailed within the report, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder Property.

3)            That authority is granted to the council’s Legal Services provider to progress the necessary transfer, or any other associated, documentation through to completion.

 

Reason for Decision

 

The disposal of the assets identified within this report will contribute significantly to the funding of the council’s capital programme thereby helping to deliver some of its corporate objectives.  In addition, the sale of this site will provide an opportunity for the private sector to invest in the local economy and deliver a number of housing units