, 2 March 2019 - 16 March 2019

Decisions

Decisions published

07/03/2019 - Revenue and Capital Budget Update 2018/19 – 2019/20 ref: 10773    Recommendations Approved

Update on the current forecast outturn position for Revenue and Capital (based on January 2019).

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/03/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/03/2019

Effective from: 21/03/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet considered the report of the Head of Corporate Resources which provided details of the current forecast revenue outturn position for the Council for 2018/19 and potential impact on the 2019/20 budget; the current forecast on Council Tax and Business Rates collection for 2018/19 and the current position of the 2018/19 Capital Programme.

 

Decision Made: That:

 

(1)       It be noted that in view of the significant budget pressure in 2018/19, officers will continue to review all current budget forecasts across all service areas to close the current in-year forecast budget deficit (£0.062m).  This will include the continuing review of all current vacancies and non-essential expenditure;

 

(2)       in the event that there is material change to the 2018/19 outturn forecast, approval be given to additional remedial measures being identified in order that a balanced budget position can be achieved;

 

(3)       in the event that additional financial pressure are identified between now and the year end, that has not taken account of in the recently approved 2019/20 budget, approval be given to additional proposals being brought forward for members to consider in order to ensure that financial sustainability is maintained; and

 

(4)       the reduced delivery of the capital programme be noted and that as the delivery has reduced, a full review of capital project management be led by the Head of Corporate Resources and be completed in advance of the next financial year.

 

Reasons for Decision:

 

To ensure Cabinet are informed of the forecast outturn position for the 2018/19 revenue and capital budgets as at the end of September 2018 and to provide an updated forecast of the outturn position with regard to the collection of Council Tax and Business Rates.

 

In March 2017 Council approved a three-year budget plan to March 2020. The final two years of this plan were revised in March 2018 as part of the process of setting the 2018/19 budget. The Council is half way through the second year of the budget plan and remains confident that the strategic approach to budget planning alongside good financial management and extensive community engagement means that it will secure future sustainability to 2020 and beyond. However, in year demand for social care services is currently resulting in the costs for these services exceeding the budget. Corrective action will be required to bring the overall budget into balance before the end of the financial year if the position worsens over the coming months. 

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: 

 

None.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Paul Reilly


07/03/2019 - Southport Business Improvement District ref: 10775    Recommendations Approved

To approve the Southport Business Improvement District Business Plan and to outline the next steps required by the council as per the 2014 Business Improvement District Regulations.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/03/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/03/2019

Effective from: 21/03/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet considered the report of the Head of Economic Growth and Housing which provided details of the Southport Business Improvement District (BID) Business Plan and the proposals for the Council to hold a ballot as part of the process to enable the BID to be formally established in accordance with the 2004 BID Regulations.

 

Decision Made:

 

That:

 

(1)       the proposals for the Southport Business Improvement District (BID) as set out in the business plan be approved;

 

(2)       the Head of Economic Growth and Housing be authorised to submit a positive vote on behalf of the Council;

 

(3)       the Chief Executive be granted delegated authority inconsultation with the Leader of the Council and the Head of Corporate Resources (Section 151 Officer), to sign a future BID Baseline Agreement on behalf of the Council;

 

(4)       the Head of Corporate Resources be authorised to complete the necessary formal agreements required for the collection of the BID Levy if a Yes vote is achieved; and

 

(5)       as the relevant ballot holder, authority be given to the Electoral Reform Services to hold the BID ballot. 

 

Reasons for Decision:

 

To allow the BID ballot to commence and then thereafter for the BID company to deliver a new 5 year term

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:

 

There are no other alternative options for the BID delivery, or similar model that would secure the level of private sector investment into Southport.

Wards affected: Cambridge; Dukes;

Lead officer: Mark Catherall


07/03/2019 - Medically Managed Residential Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Service ref: 10774    Recommendations Approved

Request to exercise 2 x remaining contract continuation options.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/03/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 13/03/2019

Effective from: 21/03/2019

Decision:

The Cabinet considered the report of the Head of Health and Wellbeing which provided details of proposals to implement a two-year extension of the current contract with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust for the provision of the Medically Managed Residential Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Service.

 

Members of the Cabinet expressed the view that the provision of the service should be mindful of the current work taking place within the Liverpool City Region on the Housing First Initiative.

 

Decision Made:

 

That the Head of Health and Wellbeing be granted authority in consultation with the Cabinet Member – Health and Wellbeing to exercise the option to extend the current contract with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust for a period of two years from the 1 July 2019.

 

Reasons for Decision:

 

The Cabinet on 1 October 2015, authorised the Interim Director of Public Health and Chief Finance Officer to award the contract for its core period from 1July 2016 and authority was required to exercise the extension options outlined in the tender exercise.

 

For the past two and a half years, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust have provided Medically Managed Residential Detoxification Services that meet or exceed contractual and performance targets. For example, the threshold for successful detoxification completions is set at 80%. In Quarter 4 of 2017/18 the service achieved 81%; in Quarter 1 of 2018/19 86% and in Quarter 2 of 2018/19 90%. The threshold for service users rating their satisfaction as good or excellent is set at 80%. In July, August and September 2018 the service achieved 100%. Public Health Commissioners have no concerns over the quality, performance or governance of the current service. 

 

Mersey Care have recently invested heavily in a refurbishment and upgrade of the Hope Centre Detoxification Centre. The Centre now offers modernised accommodation, bespoke therapy rooms and a Barnardo’s approved children’s area.

 

Authority to exercise a two-year extension option rather than a one-year extension was recommended to ensure on-going service stability and improvements in outcomes / performance being sustained in the longer-term.

 

Medically Managed Residential Detoxification services are highly specialist and experience from previous tender exercises show choice within the local and regional market to be extremely limited.

 

Conducting a full procurement exercise at this point would not bring about any significant benefits for Sefton Council or for users of the detoxification service and exercising the option to extend the current contract by one-year would only bring about temporary short-term stability. Exercising both twelve-month extension options together at this point provides the best opportunity for continued service stability and service improvement within an environment of uncertainty and change.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:

 

The available options are:

 

i)     Exercise one year extension / continuation option. This option would provide a degree of continuity and stability and the value would be within the threshold for Cabinet Member Authorisation. However, any continuity / stability derived from exercising this option would be limited to twelve months at which point the Council would still need to consider exercising the second extension / continuation option or re-tender the service.

 

ii)    combine both twelve-month extension / continuation options and exercise an extension to the existing contract for a period of two years. This option would provide a longer period of service stability and reduce cost to the Council from engaging in a procurement exercise. The value of a two-year extension would exceed the threshold for Cabinet Member Authorisation and a decision would need to be sought from full Cabinet.

 

Conducting a full procurement exercise would not bring about any significant benefits for Sefton Council or for users of the detoxification service.

 

Considerable savings were realised throughout the 2016 procurement exercise with a contract value reduced from £510,522 per year to £374,900 per year. The contract was awarded following robust assessment and evaluation procedures and it was clear that there were only a limited number of acceptable options available within the open market.

 

Medically Managed Residential Detoxification Services are highly specialised services and few exist outside of NHS Trusts. After the current service provider, the nearest provision for medically managed detoxification is in Manchester and does not meet the specified criteria of delivering a service within fifteen miles of Sefton boarder.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Alan McGee


13/03/2019 - Pre-Public Consultation for Townscape Heritage project including supplementary documents of Management Plan and Activity Plan ref: 10767    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to seek the Cabinet Member’s approval in order to go out to publication consultation on the Townscape Heritage project including the supplementary documents of Activity Statement and Management Plan.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Planning and Building Control

Decision published: 13/03/2019

Effective from: 21/03/2019

Decision:

Decision: That

 

(1)    the contents of the pre-consultation draft for the Townscape Heritage Management Plan covering Lord Street and Promenade Conservation Areas be approved;

 

(2)    the contents of the pre-consultation draft for the Townscape Heritage Activity Statement be approved; and

 

(3)    it be approved to proceed with Public Consultation for the Townscape Heritage project including both the Management Plan and Activity Statement for a 6-week period beginning March 2019 and ending April 2019 (subject to approvals)

 

Reason for the Decision:

 

The Second Round Townscape Heritage project is due for submission to the National Lottery Fund at the end of May/early June 2019. As part of this submission it is required to submit an Activity Statement highlighting any proposed complimentary activities for the project and a Management Plan for the Townscape Heritage Area including both Lord Street and Promenade Conservation Areas.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:

 

None.

Wards affected: Cambridge; (All Wards);

Lead officer: Daniel Byron


12/03/2019 - Formby Neighbourhood Plan ref: 10766    Awaiting Implementation

To seek approval for the submitted Formby Neighbourhood Plan and accompanying documents to proceed to public consultation and then to independent assessment.

 

These can be viewed at www.sefton.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Planning and Building Control

Decision published: 13/03/2019

Effective from: 20/03/2019

Decision:

Decision:

 

That:

 

(1)      the submitted Formby Neighbourhood Plan and accompanying documents be approved for public consultation for a period of six weeks.

 

(2)      the Council’s appointed Neighbourhood Plan Examiners being approached to nominate three candidate examiners from which a preferred examiner will be selected, in conjunction with Formby Parish Council be approved.

 

(3)      following the conclusion of consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan, accompanying documents and any representations received be sent for examination.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

To allow the Formby Neighbourhood Plan to proceed to consultation and examination.

 

 

Alternative Options Considered:

 

Once submitted a Local Authority must fulfil its legal obligation to progress a plan and as such there is no alternative option available.

 

 

Wards affected: Harington; Ravenmeols;

Lead officer: David Robinson


01/03/2019 - Award of contract for an e-Consultation Management System. ref: 10768    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Head of Strategic Support

Decision published: 08/03/2019

Effective from: 01/03/2019

Decision:

The Council needs a manageable, affordable online consultation platform that is fully-featured, easy-to-use and well-supported to manage the consultation process.

The procurement process identified Delib Ltd.and a contract has been awarded.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jan McMahon


06/03/2019 - Empty Homes Plan 2019-24 ref: 10753    Recommendations Approved

To consider adopting the proposed Empty Property Plan, appended to this report, and consider the submission of comments provided by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Regeneration and Skills).

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Communities and Housing

Decision published: 06/03/2019

Effective from: 14/03/2019

Decision:

Decision: That

 

(1) the issues raised by Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Regeneration and Skills) be considered and taken account of for inclusion in the Empty Property Plan 2019-24; and

 

(2) the Empty Property Plan 2019-24, included within the report, be approved, which includes actions to address the issues raised by Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Regeneration and Skills).

 

Reason for the Decision:

 

To seek to gain approval to an Empty Property Plan, which will help achieve the strategic aims and priorities in the Council’s Housing Strategy and, importantly, an opportunity to re-prioritise Council actions and interventions.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:

 

The Council could decide not to adopt an Empty Property Plan. However, this alternative has been rejected because empty properties (especially long-term empties) can be a 'drain' on finite local resources.

 

Alternative courses of actions could be considered for inclusion within the draft Plan.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Neil Davies


06/03/2019 - Determination of 2020 Admission Arrangements for Sefton Primary Schools ref: 10754    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to ensure that Sefton Council fulfils its statutory duty to legally determine the admission arrangements for Sefton Primary Schools, in accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and regulation 17 of the 2012 School Admissions regulations.

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Children, Schools and Safeguarding

Decision published: 06/03/2019

Effective from: 14/03/2019

Decision:

Decision:

 

That the arrangements for the Local Authority co-ordination and allocation of primary school places for Sefton residents plus the admissions criteria for Sefton Community Primary and Voluntary Controlled Primary Schools be approved for admission in September 2020.

 

Reason for the Decision:

 

The Cabinet Member, Children, Schools, and Safeguarding is delegated as the Decision Maker to determine the Sefton Primary Schools admission arrangements and admissions criteria for Community Primary and Voluntary Controlled Primary schools for admission to school in September 2020.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:

 

None.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Chris White


05/03/2019 - Determination of 2020 Admission Arrangements for Sefton Secondary Schools ref: 10752    Recommendations Approved

The purpose of this report is to ensure that Sefton Council fulfils its statutory duty to determine the admission arrangements for Sefton Secondary Schools, in accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and regulation 17 of the 2012 School Admissions regulations.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Children, Schools and Safeguarding

Decision published: 06/03/2019

Effective from: 13/03/2019

Decision:

Decision:

 

That the arrangements for the Local Authority co-ordination and allocation of secondary school places for Sefton residents plus the admissions criteria for Meols Cop High School be approved for admission in September 2020.

 

Reason for the Decision:

 

The Cabinet Member, Children, Schools and Safeguarding is delegated as the Decision Maker to determine the Sefton Secondary Schools admission arrangements and admissions criteria for secondary community schools for admission to school in September 2020.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:

 

None.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Chris White


28/02/2019 - Asset Management Strategy and Asset Disposal Policy ref: 10758    For Determination

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 28/02/2019 - Council

Decision published: 05/03/2019

Effective from: 28/02/2019

Decision:

Further to Minute No. 98 of the Cabinet Meeting held on 14 February 2019, the Council considered the report of the Head of Corporate Resources that provided details of the Asset Management Strategy and the Asset Disposal Policy which set out the vision and aspirations for the effective management of the Council’s corporate asset portfolio and the role it played in supporting and shaping the Council’s agenda for the 2030 vision; that aside from its staff, the Council's next biggest resource was its land and property therefore it was vital that this resource was managed and used effectively and efficiently to ensure that the Council derived maximum benefit from its assets in support of its strategic aims and priorities; and that the Asset Management Strategy would provide a framework for the planning, prioritisation, management and funding of the Councils asset base whilst the Asset Disposal Policy would provide a framework for the disposal of the Council’s assets as they were declared surplus and when deemed appropriate.

 

It was moved by Councillor Maher, seconded by Councillor Cummins and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Asset Management Strategy and Asset Disposal Policy as set out in the report be approved.

Wards affected: (All Wards);


28/02/2019 - Revenue and Capital Budget Plan 2019/20 and Council Tax 2019/20 ref: 10760    For Determination

Report on Budget Plan to provide opportunity for O&S to make comments to Cabinet in advance of Cabinet recommending budget to Council

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 28/02/2019 - Council

Decision published: 05/03/2019

Effective from: 28/02/2019

Decision:

Further to Minute No. 100 of the Cabinet Meeting held on 14 February 2019, the Council considered the joint report of the Chief Executive and Head of Corporate Resources which provided:

 

·       An assessment of the Council’s current financial position and approach to the 2019/20 Budget Plan and preparation for the new three-year budget period 2020/21 to 2022/23;

·       Progress that had been made during the last year within the Council’s Framework for Change programme;

·       An update on the Government’s announcement of resources that are available to the Council for 2019/20;

·       The Council’s current financial position and the assumptions built into the Medium Term Financial Plan;

·       The proposed Budget for 2019/20; and,

·       The proposed Capital Programme for 2019/20.

 

The report set out the financial strategy of the Council and the national and local financial context within which it is operating and indicated that the Council had a statutory requirement to remain financially sustainable and to balance its budget every year.

 

The Council’s Framework for Change Programme is a comprehensive and ambitious programme that seeks to support the delivery of the Council’s core purpose. As would be expected with a programme of this size and complexity that spans a number of financial years, the detailed proposals have been and will continue to be the subject of change as they are developed and ultimately implemented.  Within this context, a detailed assessment of the previously approved plans for 2019/20 has been undertaken to confirm their deliverability.  In addition, a limited number of additional savings proposals have been identified to balance the budget and ensure long-term financial sustainability.

 

The following appendices were attached to the report:

 

A.    Service Options 2019/20

B.    Individual School Budgets 2019/20

C.   Draft Council Budget Summary 2019/20

D.   Fees and Charges 2019/20

E.    Capital Programme 2019/20 – 2020/21

 

The Council also considered a copy of an update note prepared by the Head of Corporate Resources which provided details of the Police, Fire, Mayoral and Parish Precepts and the draft Council Tax resolution which had been circulated to Members of the Council and published in a supplementary agenda prior to the start of the meeting.

 

It was moved by Councillor Maher, seconded by Councillor Cummins:

 

That:

 

Budget 2019/20 and Medium Term Financial Plan from 2020/21 to 2022/23

 

(1)      the update of the Medium Term Financial Plan for the period 2019/20 to 2022/23 be noted;

 

(2)      approval be given to the Revenue Budget for 2019/20 and officers be authorised to undertake the necessary actions to implement the recommendations;

 

(3)      delegated authority for the use and allocation of the Budget Pressure Fund and any other reserves and balances currently within the 2019/20 budget be granted to the Chief Executive and the Head of Corporate Resources, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, in order to manage the overall financial outturn;

 

(4)      the Schools’ Forum decisions on the Dedicated Schools Grant and Individual School Budgets be noted;

 

(5)      the allocation of specific grants as detailed in the report (Section 10) be approved;

 

(6)      the Fees and Charges as proposed in the draft Council budget (Appendix D) be approved;

 

(7)      subject to the recommendations above, the overall Council Tax resolution for 2019/20 including Police, Fire, Mayoral and Parish Precepts be approved; and,

 

  Capital Programme 2019/20 to 2020/21

 

(8)      approval be given for the inclusion within the Capital Programme, of the Capital schemes as detailed in Appendix E.

 

Councillors Maher, Pugh, Sir Ron Watson and McCann each gave a statement expressing the views of their political groups on the content of the report and the budget proposals.

 

Following debate and in accordance with Rule 96 of Chapter 4 in the Council Constitution, the voting on the Motion was recorded and the Members present at the time, voted as follows:

 

FOR THE MOTION:

 

Councillors Atkinson, Blackburne, Bradshaw, Brennan, Burns, Byrom, Carragher, Cummins, Dowd, Doyle, Friel, Grace, Hardy, John Kelly, John Joseph Kelly, Killen, Lappin, Maher, Marshall, McCann, McKinley, Moncur, Murphy, Brenda O’Brien, Michael O’Brien, O’Hanlon, Page, Roche, Roscoe, John Sayers, Yvonne Sayers, Spencer, Thomas, Anne Thompson, Tweed, Veidman and The Mayor.

 

AGAINST THE MOTION:

 

Councillors Brodie-Browne, Brough, Dodd, Dutton, Jamieson, Keith, Daniel Lewis, Morris, Pitt, Pugh, Pullin, Shaw, Lynne Thompson and Sir Ron Watson.

 

The Mayor declared that the Motion was carried by 37 votes to 14 and it was

 

RESOLVED:

 

That:

 

Budget 2019/20 and Medium Term Financial Plan from 2020/21 to 2022/23

 

(1)      the update of the Medium Term Financial Plan for the period 2019/20 to 2022/23 be noted;

 

(2)      approval be given to the Revenue Budget for 2019/20 and officers be authorised to undertake the necessary actions to implement the recommendations;

 

(3)      delegated authority for the use and allocation of the Budget Pressure Fund and any other reserves and balances currently within the 2019/20 budget be granted to the Chief Executive and the Head of Corporate Resources, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, in order to manage the overall financial outturn;

 

(4)      the Schools’ Forum decisions on the Dedicated Schools Grant and Individual School Budgets be noted;

 

(5)      the allocation of specific grants as detailed in the report (Section 10) be approved;

 

(6)      the Fees and Charges as proposed in the draft Council budget (Appendix D) be approved;

 

(7)      it be noted that at its meeting on 24 January 2019, the Council calculated the following amounts for the year 2019/2020 in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 1992 (as amended):

(a)

84,077.30

Band D equivalent properties, for the whole area [item T in the formula in Section 31B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as amended]; and

(b)

for dwellings in those parts of its area to which a Parish precept relates as shown in the table below:

 

Parish

Council Tax Base

 

(Band D Equivalent Properties)

Aintree Village

2,066.90

 

Formby

9,139.80

 

Hightown

870.60

 

Ince Blundell

167.20

 

Little Altcar

333.90

 

Lydiate

2,065.20

 

Maghull

6,647.40

 

Melling

1,008.70

 

Sefton

239.70

 

Thornton

770.30

 

 

(8)      the Council calculate that the Council Tax requirement for the Council's own purposes for 2019/2020 (excluding Parish Precepts) is £132,026,584.

 

(9)      the following amounts be calculated by the Council for the year 2019/2020 in accordance with Sections 31 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:

 

(a)

£590,073,926

 

Being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act taking into account all precepts issued to it by Parish Councils.

(b)

-£456,974,835

 

Being the aggregate amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(3) of the Act.

(c)

£133,099,091

 

Being the amount by which the aggregate at 3(a) above exceeds the aggregate at 3(b) above, calculated by the Council in accordance with Section 31A(4) of the Act as its Council Tax requirement for the year (item R in the formula in Section 31B of the Act).

(d)

£1,583.06

 

Being the amount at 3(c) above (item R), divided by the amount at 1(a) above (item T), calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31B of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the year (including Parish Precepts).

(e)

£1,072,507

 

Being the aggregate amount of all special items (Parish Precepts) referred to in Section 34(1) of the Act.

(f)

£1,570.30

 

Being the amount at 3(d) above, less the amount given by dividing the amount at 3(e) above by the amount at 1(a) above (item T), calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 34(2) of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which no special item relates.

(g)

The amounts below, being the amounts given by adding to the amount at 3(f) above the amounts of thespecial items relating to dwellings in those parts of the Council's area mentioned above divided in eachcase by the amount at 1(b) above, calculated by the Council in accordance with Section 34(3) of the Actas basic amounts of its Council Tax for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which specialitems relate.

 

Parish

Aintree Village

Formby

Hightown

Ince Blundell

Little Altcar

Lydiate

Maghull

Melling

Sefton

Thornton

       £

 1,625.50

 1,580.26

 1,576.57

 1,582.32

 1,580.26

 1,646.13

 1,668.53

 1,605.00

 1,599.50

 1,576.79

(h)

The amounts below being the amounts given by multiplying the amounts at 3(f) and 3(g) above by thenumber which, in the proportion set out in Section 5(1) of the Act, is applicable to dwellings listed in aparticular valuation band divided by the number which in that proportion is applicable to dwellings listedin valuation Band D, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 36(1) of the Act, as theamounts to be taken into account for the year in respect of categories of dwellings listed in differentvaluation bands.

 

 

Property Valuation Band

Proportion of Band D

A

6/9

B

7/9

C

8/9

D

9/9

E

11/9

F

13/9

G

15/9

H

18/9

 

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

Parish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aintree Village

1,083.67

1,264.28

1,444.89

1,625.50

1,986.72

2,347.94

2,709.17

3,251.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formby

1,053.51

1,229.09

1,404.68

1,580.26

1,931.43

2,282.60

2,633.77

3,160.52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hightown

1,051.05

1,226.22

1,401.40

1,576.57

1,926.92

2,277.27

2,627.62

3,153.14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ince Blundell

1,054.88

1,230.69

1,406.51

1,582.32

1,933.95

2,285.57

2,637.20

3,164.64

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Altcar

1,053.51

1,229.09

1,404.68

1,580.26

1,931.43

2,282.60

2,633.77

3,160.52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lydiate

1,097.42

1,280.32

1,463.23

1,646.13

2,011.94

2,377.74

2,743.55

3,292.26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maghull

1,112.35

1,297.75

1,483.14

1,668.53

2,039.31

2,410.10

2,780.88

3,337.06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melling

1,070.00

1,248.33

1,426.67

1,605.00

1,961.67

2,318.33

2,675.00

3,210.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sefton

1,066.33

1,244.06

1,421.78

1,599.50

1,954.94

2,310.39

2,665.83

3,199.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thornton

1,051.19

1,226.39

1,401.59

1,576.79

1,927.19

2,277.59

2,627.98

3,153.58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Other Parts
of the Council's Area

1,046.87

1,221.34

1,395.82

1,570.30

1,919.26

2,268.21

2,617.17

3,140.60

 

(10)    it be noted that for the year 2019/2020, the major precepting authorities have stated the following amounts in precepts issued to the Council in accordance with Section 40 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, for each of the categories of dwellings shown below:

 

 

 

 

Property Valuation Band

 

 

 

Proportion of

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

Band D

6/9

7/9

8/9

9/9

11/9

13/9

15/9

18/9

 

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

Precepting Authority

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority

52.56

61.32

70.08

78.84

96.36

113.88

131.40

157.68

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner

134.65

157.09

179.53

201.97

246.85

291.73

336.62

403.94

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

12.67

14.78

16.89

19.00

23.22

27.44

31.67

38.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(11)    the Council, in accordance with Sections 30 and 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, hereby sets the aggregate amounts shown in the table below as the amounts of Council Tax for 2019/2020 for each part of its area and for each of the categories of dwellings.

 

 

 

 

Property Valuation Band

 

 

 

Proportion of

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

Band D

6/9

7/9

8/9

9/9

11/9

13/9

15/9

18/9

 

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

Parish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aintree Village

1,283.55

1,497.47

1,711.39

1,925.31

2,353.15

2,780.99

3,208.86

3,850.62

Formby

1,253.39

1,462.28

1,671.18

1,880.07

2,297.86

2,715.65

3,133.46

3,760.14

Hightown

1,250.93

1,459.41

1,667.90

1,876.38

2,293.35

2,710.32

3,127.31

3,752.76

Ince Blundell

1,254.76

1,463.88

1,673.01

1,882.13

2,300.38

2,718.62

3,136.89

3,764.26

Little Altcar

1,253.39

1,462.28

1,671.18

1,880.07

2,297.86

2,715.65

3,133.46

3,760.14

Lydiate

1,297.30

1,513.51

1,729.73

1,945.94

2,378.37

2,810.79

3,243.24

3,891.88

Maghull

1,312.23

1,530.94

1,749.64

1,968.34

2,405.74

2,843.15

3,280.57

3,936.68

Melling

1,269.88

1,481.52

1,693.17

1,904.81

2,328.10

2,751.38

3,174.69

3,809.62

Sefton

1,266.21

1,477.25

1,688.28

1,899.31

2,321.37

2,743.44

3,165.52

3,798.62

Thornton

1,251.07

1,459.58

1,668.09

1,876.60

2,293.62

2,710.64

3,127.67

3,753.20

All Other Parts of the Council's Area

1,246.75

1,454.53

1,662.32

1,870.11

2,285.69

2,701.26

3,116.86

3,740.22

 

(12)    the Council's basic amount of Council Tax for 2019/2020 is not deemed to be excessive in accordance with the principles approved under Section 52ZB of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

 

  Capital Programme 2019/20 to 2020/21

 

(13)    approval be given for the inclusion within the Capital Programme, of the Capital schemes as detailed in Appendix E.

Wards affected: (All Wards);


28/02/2019 - Capital Strategy 2019/20 to 2023/24 ref: 10757    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 28/02/2019 - Council

Decision published: 05/03/2019

Effective from: 28/02/2019

Decision:

Further to Minute No. 97 of the Cabinet Meeting held on 14 February 2019, the Council considered the report of the Head of Corporate Resources on the Capital Strategy 2019/20. The report indicated that the Capital Strategy set out the long-term context in which capital expenditure and investment decisions were made and considered the impact of these decisions on the priorities within the Council’s Core Purpose and Framework for Change Programme and the promises made in the 2030 Vision for Sefton; and that at the heart of the Capital Strategy was the Council’s core objective to continue to deliver financial sustainability.  As such a flexible capital investment programme was more important than ever as a method to stimulate and enable economic growth and strategic investment, ensuring best use of existing assets and of generating future income streams to pay for and deliver day to day services.

 

The Capital Strategy was a new statutory document which the Council was required to have in place and be reviewed on an annual basis.

 

It was moved by Councillor Maher, seconded by Councillor Cummins and

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Capital Strategy as set out in Appendix 1 of the report be approved.

Wards affected: (All Wards);


28/02/2019 - Robustness of the 2019/20 Budget Estimates and the Adequacy of Reserves – Local Government Act 2003 - Section 25 ref: 10759    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 28/02/2019 - Council

Decision published: 05/03/2019

Effective from: 28/02/2019

Decision:

Further to Minute No. 99 of the Cabinet Meeting held on 14 February 2019, the Council considered the report of the Head of Corporate Resources which provided an assessment of the robustness of the estimates and the tax setting calculations, the adequacy of the proposed financial reserves and the production of longer term revenue and capital plans, based on the proposals set out in the report on the Revenue and Capital Budget Plan 2019/20 and Council Tax 2019/20 (Minute No. 88 refers).

 

It was moved by Councillor Maher, seconded by Councillor Cummins and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the matters raised in the report be noted and taken into account during the determination of the Budget for 2019/20.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Stephan Van Arendsen, Kathy Stephens


28/02/2019 - Membership of Committees 2018/19 ref: 10761    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 28/02/2019 - Council

Decision published: 05/03/2019

Effective from: 28/02/2019

Decision:

No changes to the membership of Committees were made.


28/02/2019 - Mayor's Communications ref: 10764    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 28/02/2019 - Council

Decision published: 05/03/2019

Effective from: 28/02/2019

Decision:

Death of Former Councillor David McIvor

 

The Mayor reported with much sadness, on the death of former Councillor David McIvor who died on 31 January 2019 aged 70 years. His funeral was held on 22 February 2019 at Southport Crematorium.

 

David McIvor had served the Manor Ward from 25 October 2007 to 4 May 2008 and the Ravenmeols Ward from 6 May 2010 to 26 May 2014.  During his time on the Council, David McIvor served as a Member on the Audit and Governance Committee, Pay and Grading Committee and the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Children’s Services).

 

The Mayor concluded by indicating that the Family and Friends of David McIvor were in our thoughts at this sad time.

 

Councillor Jamieson paid tribute to David McIvor.

 

The Council stood in silence for one minute as a mark of respect for David McIvor.

 

Mayoral Charity Ball – 27 April 2019

 

The Mayor reported that the Mayoral Charity Ball would be held on Saturday 27 April 2019 at the Floral Hall, Southport Theatre and Convention Centre and the proceeds from the event would be distributed to Mayoral Charities.

 

Tickets and further details of the event could be obtained from the Mayor’s Office in Bootle Town Hall before Friday 12 April 2019.

 

Mayor Elect 2019/20

 

The Mayor reported that Councillor June Burns had been nominated for the office of the Mayor of Sefton for 2019/20 and the appointment would take place at the Annual Council Meeting to be held on 14 May 2019 at Bootle Town Hall.


28/02/2019 - The Prudential Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities - Prudential Indicators 2019/20 ref: 10755    Recommendations Approved

The CIPFA Prudential Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities was introduced following the Local Government Act 2003. It details a number of measures/limits/parameters (Prudential Indicators) that are required to be set each financial year. The approval of these limits will ensure that the Council complies with the relevant legislation, is acting prudently and that its capital expenditure proposals are affordable. This report presents for approval the Prudential Indicators required to be set by the Council in 2019/20 to comply with the code.

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 28/02/2019 - Council

Decision published: 05/03/2019

Effective from: 28/02/2019

Decision:

Further to Minute No. 95 of the Cabinet Meeting held on 14 February 2019, the Council considered the report of the Head of Corporate Resources on proposals to establish the Prudential Indicators required under the Prudential Code of Capital Finance in Local Authorities. This would enable the Council to effectively manage its Capital Finance Activities and comply with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Prudential Code of Capital Finance in Local Authorities.

 

The report indicated that the Council was required to approve Prudential Indicators for the following items:

 

(i)             Capital Expenditure (Section 2);

(ii)            Financing Costs/Net Revenue Stream (Section 3);

(iii)          Capital Financing Requirement (Section 4);

(iv)          External Debt (Section 5-7); and

(v)           Treasury Management Indicators (Section 8).

 

It was moved by Councillor Maher, seconded by Councillor Cummins and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That:

 

(1)      the Prudential Indicators, as detailed in the report, be approved as the basis for compliance with The Prudential Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities;

 

(2)      it be noted that relevant Prudential Indicators would be revised as required and that any changes would be brought to the Cabinet and then to the Council for approval;

 

(3)      it be noted that the estimates of capital expenditure may change as grant allocations are received; and

 

(4)      the Head of Corporate Resources be granted delegated authority in conjunction with the Cabinet Member – Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services to manage the Authorised Limit and Operational Boundary for external debt as detailed in Section 5 of the report.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Graham Hussey


28/02/2019 - Treasury Management Policy and Strategy 2019/20 ref: 10756    Recommendations Approved

The Council has previously adopted CIPFA’s Code of Practice on Treasury Management in the Public Services. This report presents for approval the Treasury Management Policy Document 2019/20, the Treasury Management Strategy Document 2019/20, and the proposed Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement 2018/19 as per the requirements of the code. This will allow for the effective operation of the Council’s Treasury Management function during the 2019/20 financial year.

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 28/02/2019 - Council

Decision published: 05/03/2019

Effective from: 28/02/2019

Decision:

Further to Minute No. 96 of the Cabinet Meeting held on 14 February 2019, the Council considered the report of the Head of Corporate Resources which set out the following proposed policy and strategy documents, namely, the Treasury Management Policy, the Treasury Management Strategy and the Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement.

 

The report indicated that the Council had adopted the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) revised 2017 Code of Practice on Treasury Management in the Public Services which recommended the production of annual Treasury Management Policy and Strategy Documents; and that in addition, the Council had also adopted, and incorporated into both documents:

 

(a)

the requirements of the 2017 Prudential Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities; and

 

(b)

an Investment Strategy produced in line with guidance from the then Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, concerning the investment of surplus funds. This set out the manner in which the Council would manage its investments, giving priority to the security and liquidity of those investments.

 

It was moved by Councillor Maher, seconded by Councillor Cummins and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That approval be given to:

 

(1)      the Treasury Management Policy Document for 2019/2020;

 

(2)      the Treasury Management Strategy Document for 2019/2020; and

 

(3)      the Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement 2018/2019 and 2019/20.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Graham Hussey


05/03/2019 - Appointment of Local Authority Representatives to Governing Bodies of Maintained Schools ref: 10751    Recommendations Approved

To advise the Cabinet Member of the current situation with regard to Local Authority vacancies on the governing bodies of Community and Voluntary Aided Schools.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Children, Schools and Safeguarding

Decision published: 05/03/2019

Effective from: 13/03/2019

Decision:

Decision:

 

That the recommended appointments to fill vacancies for Local Authority governorships be approved in line with Council Policy.

 

Reason for the Decision:

 

The appointment of School governors is regulated by the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012, as amended by the School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 and the School Governance [Miscellaneous Amendments] [England] Regulations 2015 made under sections 19 and 20 of the Education Act 2002.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:

 

None.

Wards affected: Ainsdale; Church; Ford;

Lead officer: Jennifer Cunningham


04/03/2019 - Well Sefton - Tranche 3 Funding ref: 10750    Recommendations Approved

To request approval to release Well North Tranche 3 funding to Well Sefton partners in line with the Well Sefton Business Plan aspirations and objectives.

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Health and Wellbeing

Decision published: 04/03/2019

Effective from: 12/03/2019

Decision:

Decision: That

 

1.    the release of Well North Tranche 3 funding to Well Sefton partners be approved as described in Figure 1; and

 

2.    Sefton Council be approved to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with each of the Well Sefton partners for Tranche 3 funding.

 

Reason for the Decision:

 

The project proposals have been approved by Well North – on behalf of Public Health England – and funding has been released to the Local Authority for distribution to the associated community and voluntary sector organisations.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:

 

None.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Steve Gowland