Agenda and decisions

Executive - Wednesday 18 January 2023 7.00 pm

Venue: Bromley Civic Centre

Contact: Philippa Gibbs  020 8461 7638

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Decision:

Cllr  Bear and Cllr Marlow.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Decision:

Declaration made by Cllr Bennett.

3.

TO CONFIRM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 30 NOVEMBER 2022 pdf icon PDF 420 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed.

4.

QUESTIONS

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution, questions that are not specific to reports on the agenda must have been received in writing 10 working days before the date of the meeting - by 5pm on  

 

Questions specifically relating to reports on the agenda should be received within two working days of the normal publication date of the agenda.  Please ensure that questions specifically on reports on the agenda are received by the Democratic Services Team by 5pm on

Decision:

None.

5.

DRAFT BUDGET 2023/24 AND UPDATE ON THE COUNCIL'S FINANCIAL STRATEGY pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Decision:

1.  The initial draft 2023/24 Budget detailed in Appendix 7 be agreed.

 

2.  The initial draft 2023/24 Budget for each portfolio be referred to the relevant PDS Committees for consideration.

 

3.  The financial projections for 2024/25 to 2026/27 be noted.

 

4.  It be noted that there are still areas of financial uncertainty which will impact on the final 2023/24 Budget.

 

5.  Increase rent levels for London Affordable Rents and Social (Formula) Rents by 7% from April 2023 as set out in Section 12.2 of the report be agreed.

 

6.  The proposed contribution of £246,470 in 2023/24 to the London Boroughs Grant Committee (see section 22 of the report) be agreed.

 

7.  The setting of the schools’ budget, mainly met through Dedicated Schools Grant, be delegated to the Education, Children and Families Portfolio Holder, allowing for consultation with the Schools Forum (see section 23 of the report).

 

8.  The outcome of consultation with PDS Committees be reported to the next meeting of the Executive.

 

9.  The outcome of the Provisional Local Government Financial Settlement 2023/24 as detailed in the report be noted.

 

10.  The budget gap remaining of an estimated £29.6m per annum by 2026/27 and that any decisions made for the 2023/24 Budget will have an impact on the future year projections be noted.

 

11.  Any final decision by Executive on recommended Council Tax and Adult Social Care Precept levels to Council will normally be undertaken at the next meeting of Executive.

 

12.  Where possible any identified savings should be taken in year.

 

6.

CAPITAL STRATEGY 2023/24 TO 2026/27 & Q3 CAPITAL PROGRAMME MONITORING pdf icon PDF 523 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.  The report, including a total rephasing of £565k from 2022/23 into future years, be noted and a revised capital programme be agreed.

2.  The Capital Strategy for 2023/24 to 2026/27 be agreed including the following amendments to the capital programme:

(i)  Adjustments identified as part of the capital monitoring process totalling a net reduction of £14,825k

  (ii)  An increase of £74,801k in relation to new schemes which will be added to the Capital Programme

3.  The refinancing of the Council’s existing Housing Schemes through external borrowing of £49.2M via the Public Works Loan Board be approved.

4.  The use of up to £10M from the Council’s earmarked revenue reserves to support funding of the Council’s capital programme be approved.

5.  It be agreed that all new and existing Housing Schemes should be funded by long-term borrowing.

 

7.

COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION\SUPPORT SCHEME 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 331 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.  The revised Equality Impact Assessment at Appendix 1 of the report be noted.

 

2.  The responses to the public consultation exercise at Appendix 2 & 3 of the report be noted.

 

3.  The Council Tax Support scheme from 2023/24 restricts the calculation of entitlement for working-age claimants to 70% of the households’ Council Tax liability.

 

4.  The introduction a band “D” eligibility restriction from 2023/24 be approved.

 

5.  Council be recommended to agree that the Council Tax Support scheme from 2023/24 increases the Discretionary Hardship Fund to £225k per annum. 

 

 

8.

PROCUREMENT STRATEGY - PROCUREMENT OF LEASE CARS AND LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLES pdf icon PDF 341 KB

Decision:

1.  The forthcoming framework operated by the Crown Commercial Service be utilised to lease any required cars and light commercial vehicles from 16th May 2023 until 11th January 2027 and the continued use of the framework for any extension period that may be applied by Crown Commercial Service be agreed.

 

2.  Authority be delegated to the Director of Environment & Public Protection to approve the use of the Vehicle Lease, Fleet Management & Salary Sacrifice call-off framework (Ref; RM6268) with successful suppliers, upon its award by the Crown Commercial Service, in January 2023. 

 

9.

HOMES FOR UKRAINE pdf icon PDF 286 KB

Decision:

The contents of the report be reviewed and noted in relation to the current activities under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

 

10.

CONSIDERATION OF ANY OTHER ISSUES REFERRED FROM THE EXECUTIVE, RESOURCES AND CONTRACTS POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

Decision:

None.

11.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 AS AMENDED BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (ACCESS TO INFORMATION) (VARIATION) ORDER 2006 AND THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

The Chairman to move that the Press and public be excluded during consideration of the items of business listed below as it is likely in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings that if members of the Press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information.

Decision:

Executive agreed to move in to Part 2.

 

12.

EXEMPT MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 30 NOVEMBER 2022

Decision:

Agreed.

13.

CAPITAL STRATEGY 2023/24 TO 2026/27 & Q3 CAPITAL PROGRAMME MONITORING - APPENDIX E

Decision:

Noted.