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800.

Apologies for Absence

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Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence at this meeting.

801.

Declarations of Interest

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Minutes:

  • Cllr Aylen

Council – 25th February 2021

Agenda Item 7 (Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes 2021/22-2025/26) – Non-pecuniary interest: the Southend Pier website was his idea;

 

 

  • Cllr Beck

Council – 25th February 2021

Agenda Item 7 (Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes 2021/22-2025/26) – Non-pecuniary interest: reference made to Selective Licensing in the discussion – is a landlord;

 

 

  • Cllr Borton

Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee – 4th February 2021

 

Minute 778 (Draft Housing Revenue Account Budget and Rent Setting 2021/22) – Non-pecuniary interest: Non-Executive Director of South Essex Homes;

 

Council – 25th February 2021

 

Agenda Item 7 (Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes 2021/22-2025/26) – Non-pecuniary interest: daughter is employed by EPUT;

 

  • Cllr Boyd

People Scrutiny Committee – 2nd February 2021

 

Minute 773 (Draft Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes - 2021/22 to 2025/26) - Family member employed in care home setting - Non-pecuniary interest;

Agenda Item 7 (Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes 2021/22-2025/26) – Non-pecuniary interest: reference made to Selective Licensing in the discussion – is a landlord;

 

  • Cllr Buck

Council – 25th February 2021

 

Agenda Item 7 (Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes 2021/22-2025/26) – Non-pecuniary interest: seafront traders are known to him and has been approached by a number of residents and businesses; Also a member of Belfairs Golf Culb;

 

  • Cllr Cowan

Place Scrutiny Committee – 1st February 2021

Minute 763 (Draft Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes – 2021/22 to 2025/26) – Non-pecuniary interest: Staffing matters are mentioned and is member of the GMB Union;

 

Cabinet – 16th February 2021

 

Minute 796 (Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes 2021/22-2025/26) – Non-pecuniary interest: GMB Trade Union member;

 

Council – 25th February 2021

 

Agenda Item 5 (Public Questions)– Non-pecuniary interest: Has been approached by businesses in the area and one of the public questioners is known to him;

Agenda Item 7 (Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes 2021/22-2025/26) – Non-pecuniary interest: reference made to Children’s Centres – wife is a governor at a school in the Borough;

 

·         Cllr Cox

 

Council – 25th February 2021

Agenda Item 7 (Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes 2021/22-2025/26) – Non-pecuniary interest: Has been approached by seafront traders, residents and businesses regarding the parking charges;

 

  • Cllr Davidson

 

Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee – 4th February 2021

 

Minute 778 (Draft Housing Revenue Account Budget and Rent Setting 2021/22) – Non-pecuniary interest: Non-Executive Director of South Essex Homes;

 

·         Cllr Dear

 

Council – 25th February 2021

Agenda Item 7 (Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes 2021/22-2025/26) – Non-pecuniary interests: member of Belfairs Golf Club;

 

·         Cllr Dent

 

Council – 25th February 2021

Agenda Item 5 (Public Questions) – Non-pecuniary interest: one of the public questioners is known to him;

 

Agenda Item 6 (Councillor Question 2) – Non-pecuniary interest: has been heavily involved with citizens to bring the Kursaal back into use;

 

Agenda Item 7 (Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes 2021/22-2025/26) – Non-pecuniary interests: Has been approached by residents and businesses  ...  view the full minutes text for item 801.

802.

Communications

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Minutes Silence

 

The Council remained silent for one minute as a mark of respect to two Southend-on-Sea Borough employees, Mr Harry Stezaly and Mr Michael Sharpe who both sadly passed away recently due to Covid-19.

 

The Worshipful the Mayor informed Councillors that as a mark of respect for the recent loss of Harry Stezaly and Michael Sharpe the flags at the Civic Centre and Porters had been lowered to half-mast from 18th February 2021 until 8am on Friday 26th February 2021.

803.

Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 10th December 2020 pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Minutes attached

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Resolved:-

 

That the Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 10th December 2020, be confirmed as a correct record and signed.

804.

Questions from Members of the Public

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The relevant Cabinet Members responded to written questions received from the public.

805.

Questions from Members of the Council

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The relevant Cabinet Members responded to written and supplementary questions received from Councillors.

806.

Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes - 2021/22 to 2025/26 pdf icon PDF 162 KB

Report of Executive Director (Finance and Resources) attached.

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The Council considered a report of the Executive Director (Finance and Resources) presenting the Cabinet's integrated revenue and capital budget and Council Tax proposal for 2021/22 financial year, together with Minutes 729 and 730 of Cabinet held on 14th January 2021, Minutes 794 to 796 of Cabinet held 16th February 2021 and Scrutiny Minutes 763, 773, 778 and 779.

 

The Council suspended the relevant parts of Council Procedure Rule 10 to permit the extended budget speeches of the Leader of the Council and of the Leader of the Opposition Group.

 

The substantive budget proposals were voted on by way of a named vote as required by law.  The voting was as follows:-

 

For the budget:

 

Cllrs Ayling, Beck, Borton, Burton, Chalk, Collins, Cowan, Dent, K Evans, George, Gilbert, Harp, Hooper, Jones, Kelly, McDonald, Mitchell, Mulroney, Nevin, Robinson, Shead, Stafford, Terry, Thompson, Wakefield, Ward, Wexham and Woodley (28)

 

Against the budget:

 

Cllrs Aylen, Boyd, Bright, Buck, Burzotta, Cox, Davidson, Dear, F. Evans, Flewitt, Folkard, Garne, Garston, Habermel, Jarvis, McGlone, Moring, Nelson, Salter and Walker (20)

 

Abstentions:

 

Cllr Lamb (1)

 

Absent:

 

None.

 

The Council Budget 2021/22 proposals were carried, as set out as follows:

Resolved:

 

With regard to the Housing Revenue Account Budget 2021/22 and rent setting:

1. That an average rent increase of 1.50% on all tenancies, be approved.

 

2.  That an average rent increase of 1.50% on shared ownership properties, be approved.

 

3. That an increase of 1.50% for garage rents to £12.20 per week for tenants and £14.64 for non-tenants (being £12.20 plus VAT), a rise consistent with the proposal for the main rent increase (all variants on a standard garage will receive a proportionate increase), be approved.

 

 

4. That the proposed rent charges in 1-3 above be effective from 5th April 2021.

 

5. That the South Essex Homes core management fee at £6,336,000 for 2021/22, be approved.

 

6. That the South Essex Homes proposals for average increases of 2.52% in service charges and 10.39% in heating charges to reflect the actual costs incurred, be approved.

 

7. That the following appropriations be approved:

  

·                £60,000 to the Repairs Contract Pensions Reserve; 

·                £4,002,000 to the Capital Investment Reserve and

·                £8,334,000 from the Capital Investment Reserve

 

8. That, subject to resolution 1 through to 7 above, the HRA budget for 2021/22 as set out in Appendix 1 to the submitted report to Cabinet held on 16th February 2021, be approved.

 

9. That the value of the Council’s indicative capital allowance for 2021/22 – 2025/26 be declared as £75,327,000, as determined in accordance with regulation 16 of the Local Authorities (Capital Finance and Accounting) (England) Regulations.

 

With regard to Treasury Management 2021/22

 

10. That the Treasury Management Policy Statement 2021/22 set out at Appendix 1 to the submitted report to Cabinet held on 16th February 2021, be approved.

 

11. That the Treasury Management Strategy 2021/22 set out at Appendix 2 to the report to Cabinet held on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 806.

807.

Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on Thursday 14th January 2021 pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Minutes attached

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Resolved:

 

That Minutes 729 and 730, be noted.

808.

Minutes of the meeting of Place Scrutiny Committee held on Monday 1st February 2021 pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Minutes attached.

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Minutes:

Resolved:


That Minute 763, be noted.

809.

Minutes of the meeting of People Scrutiny Committee held on Tuesday 2nd February 2021 pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Minutes attached.

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Resolved:

 

That Minute 773, be noted.

810.

Minutes of the meeting of Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee held on Thursday 4th February 2021 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Minutes attached.

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Resolved:

 

That Minutes 778 and 779, be noted.

811.

Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on Tuesday, 16 February 2021 pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Minutes attached.

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Resolved:

 

That Minutes 794, 795 and 796, be noted.

812.

Pay Policy Statement 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Report of Executive Director (Transformation) attached.

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The Council considered a report of the Executive Director (Transformation) presenting the Pay Policy Statement 2021/22 in the context of the Council’s overall Reward Strategy.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Pay Policy Statement as recommended by the Senior Manager Pay Panel, be approved.

 

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