Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet - Monday 15 February 2021 10.00 a.m.

Venue: Virtual Meeting - viewable through https://rotherham.public-i.tv

Contact: Governance Unit  Email: governance@rotherham.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

110.

Declarations of Interest

 

To invite Councillors to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or personal interests they may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting, to confirm the nature of those interests and whether they intend to leave the meeting for the consideration of the item.

Minutes:

Councillor Lelliott declared an interest in Minute 116. As it was a pecuniary interest, Councillor Lelliott left the meeting and took no part in the discussion or vote on this item.

 

111.

Questions from Members of the Public

 

To receive questions from members of the public who wish to ask a general question in respect of matters within the Council’s area of responsibility or influence.

 

Subject to the Chair’s discretion, members of the public may ask one question and one supplementary question, which should relate to the original  ...  view the full agenda text for item 111.

Minutes:

(1)    Mr. Thirlwall referred to the previous question he had asked at Cabinet, where he had requested that a meeting take place between himself, the Leader, the Chair of the Standards and Ethics Committee, the Chief Executive and other officers in relation to the Register Of Interests (R.O.I) by the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 111.

112.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 249 KB

 

To receive the record of proceedings of the Cabinet meeting held on 25 January 2021.

Minutes:

Resolved:-

 

That the minutes of the previous meeting of the Cabinet held on 25th January, 2021, be approved as a true and correct record of the proceedings.

 

113.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

There are no items that require the exclusion of the press and public.

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there were no items of business on the agenda that would require the exclusion of the press and public from the meeting.

 

114.

Digital Strategy pdf icon PDF 300 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Finance and Customer Service

 

Recommendations:-

 

1.    To approve the Council’s Digital Strategy.

2.    To note the investment already approved towards its delivery.

3.    To endorse the management and governance arrangements.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which outlined the Council’s Digital Strategy. It highlighted the work undertaken already and illustrated how the Council planned to use digital technologies to become more modern and efficient. It would also help provide self-service access to and delivery of Council services and contribute to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 114.

115.

December Financial Monitoring pdf icon PDF 535 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Finance and Customer Services

 

Recommendations:-

 

1.          That the current General Fund Revenue Budget forecast of £0.5m underspend be noted.

2.          That it be noted that actions will continue to be taken to ensure that a balanced financial outturn is delivered.

3.          That the proposed  ...  view the full agenda text for item 115.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which set out the financial position of the Council as at the end of December 2020 and was based on actual costs and income for the first 9 months of 2020/21 and forecast for the remainder of the financial year.

 

Financial performance was a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 115.

116.

Annual Renewal Applications for Business Rates Discretionary Rate Relief pdf icon PDF 343 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Finance and Customer Service

 

Recommendation:-

 

1.    That Cabinet approve the applications for Discretionary Business Rate Relief for the organisations listed in Appendix 2 of this report and in accordance with the details set out in Section 6 to this report, for the 2021/22 financial  ...  view the full agenda text for item 116.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report in respect of the renewal applications for the award of Discretionary Business Rate Relief for a variety of organisations and premises. The report was submitted in accordance with the Council’s Discretionary Business Rates Relief Policy, which had been approved by Cabinet on 12th December,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 116.

117.

Budget & Council Tax 2021-22 and Medium-Term Financial Strategy Update pdf icon PDF 872 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Finance and Customer Services.

 

Recommendations:-

 

That Cabinet recommends to Council

 

1.      Approval of the Budget and Financial Strategy for 2021/22 as set out in the report and appendices, including the proposed budget adjustments and investments, a basic Council Tax increase of 1.99% and an  ...  view the full agenda text for item 117.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report on the Council’s proposed Budget and Council Tax for 2021/22, based on the Council’s Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement for 2021/22, budget consultation and the consideration of Directorate budget proposals through the Council’s formal Budget process alongside a review of the financial planning assumptions  ...  view the full minutes text for item 117.

118.

Social Value Annual Report pdf icon PDF 546 KB

Report of the Assistant Chief Executive

 

Recommendations:-

 

That Cabinet:

 

a)    Note the progress achieved with procurement through the Social Value Portal in the first year of operation of the Social Value Policy.

 

b)    Receive a further procurement progress report when the second year of operation is complete.

 

c)    Note the  ...  view the full agenda text for item 118.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report which provided an update on progress and achievements since the adoption of the Council’s Social Value Policy in October 2019. The report also made recommendations for the next steps of embedding social value within the Council and working with partners and suppliers together with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 118.

119.

Revisions to the Housing Allocation Policy and the Strategic Tenancy Policy pdf icon PDF 571 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health

 

Recommendations:-

 

1.    That Cabinet note that the Housing Allocation Policy has been reviewed and updated in line with current legislation.

2.    That Cabinet approve the updated Housing Allocation Policy as attached in relation to changes to eligibility criteria  ...  view the full agenda text for item 119.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which proposed further adjustments to the Council’s Housing Allocation Policy which had been in place since October 2014 and the Strategic Tenancy Policy had been approved by Cabinet in December 2012.

 

The adjustments had been proposed as a result of lessons learned over the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 119.

120.

Amendment to the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy (vehicle licence plates) pdf icon PDF 396 KB

Report of the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment

 

Recommendation:-

 

1.    That Cabinet agrees to the amendment of the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy 2020-2023 by reducing the frequency of issuing vehicle licence plates to yearly.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which summarised the outcome of an additional public consultation regarding the issuing of vehicle licence plates following the approval of a new Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy in March 2020.

 

Following the original consultation, an additional change had been requested by licensed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 120.

121.

Recommendations from Overview and Scrutiny Management Board pdf icon PDF 211 KB

 

To receive a report detailing the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board in respect of the above items that were subject to pre-decision scrutiny on 10 February 2021.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the circulated report, the contents of which were included as part of the relevant items and the details included accordingly.

122.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

 

The next meeting of the Cabinet will be held on Monday 22 March 2021 commencing at 10.00am via Mircosoft Teams.

Minutes:

Resolved:-

 

That the next virtual meeting of the Cabinet be held on Monday, 22 March 2021 at 10.00am.