Agenda and minutes
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Apologies and Announcements
Apologies for absence were presented on behalf of County Councillors Terry Aldridge; Albert Atkinson; Terry Burns; Munsif Dad; Paul Greenall; Paul Hayhurst; and Mark Perks.
The Chairman reported the recent death of former County Councillor Mary Cathleen Thom (known as Cath) who sadly passed away on Sunday 1 December 2019.
The Council stood in silent tribute.
New Year Honours 2020
The Chairman extended the Full Council's congratulations to the following individuals who had been honoured in the recent New Year Honours:
- Former County Councillor Jean Battle had been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for charitable and political services.
- Former Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny, who had been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the fire and rescue service.
Disclosure of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests
Revenue Budget 2020/21 and Financial Strategy 2020/21 to 2023/24; Capital Delivery Programme 2020/21; Capital Strategy 2020 - 2040; Council Tax and Precept 2020/21; Treasury Management Strategy and Non-Treasury Investment Strategy 2020/21 PDF 72 KB
County Councillor Geoff Driver, Leader of the County Council, moved the report of the Cabinet from its meeting on 6 February 2020 regarding the:
- Revenue Budget 2020/21 and Financial Strategy 2020/21 to 2023/24;
- Capital Delivery Programme 2020/21;
- Capital Strategy 2020 - 2040;
- Council Tax and precept 2020/21;
Together with the recommendations of the Audit Risk and Governance Committee from its meetings on 27 January 2020 and 28 October 2019, respectively, in respect of:
- The Treasury Management Strategy and Non-Treasury Investment Strategy and the minimum revenue provision policy statement for 2020/21;
- An increase to the Authorised Borrowing Limit from £1,375m to £1,600m for the remainder of the 2019/20 financial year.
In moving the report, County Councillor Driver outlined an adjustment to the
proposals contained within the report. Details of the adjustment were set out in a document circulated to all Members, which is appended to these minutes as Annex 1.
The motion was seconded by County Councillor Keith Iddon, Deputy Leader of the County Council.
County Councillor Tony Martin, on behalf of the Labour Group, then made his Budget speech and moved an Amendment to the Budget proposals on behalf of the Labour Group which was seconded by County Councillor Sobia Malik.
A copy of the Amendment was circulated to all Members and is set out at Annex 2 to these minutes.
Following a period of debate, a recorded vote on the Amendment was taken in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order B45(7). The names of those Members who voted for or against the Amendment, and those who abstained, are set out below.
The Labour Group's amendment was therefore LOST.
County Councillor David Whipp, on behalf of the Liberal Democrat Group, then made his Budget speech and moved an amendment to the Budget proposals on behalf of the Liberal Democrat Group, which was seconded by County Councillor David Howarth.
A copy of the Amendment was circulated to all Members and is set out Annex 3 to these minutes.
Following a period of debate, a recorded vote ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
To consider any Notices of Motion submitted under Standing Order B36
There were no Notices of Motion to be considered.
Annexes 1 - 4
Annex 1 - Budget Adjustment
Funded by additional prudential borrowing at an estimated revenue financing cost of £0.250m per annum.
County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE,
Leader of the County Council,
13th February 2020
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The proposals have been validated as being deliverable financially in 2020/21.
In validating the proposals, I have been mindful that:
Over the term of the financial strategy, the proposals would increase the structural funding gap by £5.103m to £38.402m in 2023/24. Unless further savings were found in advance of this, this would be an additional call on the transitional reserve.
Annex 2 - Labour Group Amendment
Revenue Budget ... view the full minutes text for item 5.