Venue: Room 10 - Town Hall
Contact: Mrs KM Howard 01744 67(6106)
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from
Councillors Bell, Charlton, Fletcher, Jones, Pearson and Pritchard
and Mr C Williams (Roman Catholic Church).
* Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 20 November 2017, be approved and signed, subject to the inclusion of Councillor Bond’s attendance at the meeting.
Declaration of Interest from Members
No Declarations of Interest from Members were made.
report was submitted which updated the Overview and Scrutiny
Commission on Key Decisions that the Cabinet expected to
The Public Notice of Key Decisions published on 29 December 2017 informed the
Overview and Scrutiny Commission that there were no key
decisions due to be made at Cabinet on 31 January 2018.
* Resolved that:
report and Notices of Key Decisions from 29 December 2017 and 23
January 2018 be noted; and
(2) further information be provided to Members on the scope of the Review of Recycling and Waste Service.
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA)
Councillor Long, Cabinet Member for Liverpool City Region Engagement has been invited to attend the meeting.
Councillor Long, Cabinet Member for Liverpool City Region Engagement had been invited to update Members on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
Commission was informed that the Metro Mayor had published budget
proposals for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for
2018/19 on 26 January 2018.
Members raised questions with regards to accessing the Central
Government allocated combined authority fund to cover the advised
administration costs, if the transitional fund contribution had
been built into the Council’s 2017-2020 Budget, on the fund
recovery process and timescales and raised concerns regarding
impact on local service provision due to this unforeseen
contribution. These questions were answered at the
(1) the update be noted; and
(2) the Cabinet Member, Liverpool City Region Engagement be thanked for his attendance at the meeting.
Councillors McCauley and Long here left the meeting.
Councillor Pearl left the meeting during discussion on the following item.
(Reported to Cabinet 10 January 2018)
report was presented on the Budget Report which had been submitted
at a meeting of Cabinet held on 10 January 2018.
The Government delivered its Autumn Budget on 16 November 2017. This had been set against the impending exit from the European Union and the implications of this on the economy, public spending and growth forecasts.
The Autumn Budget included a move away from the strict Austerity measures of previous Budgets with additional spending in a number of areas, a planned move away from previous budget deficit targets and a removal of public sector pay constraints.
The Government, in its previous Local Government settlement, included the offer of a fixed grant settlement for four years, subject to individual Councils publishing an efficiency plan for the same period. It was agreed that the Council would take up this offer and the DCLG had confirmed that the Council’s efficiency plan had been accepted and that the grant guarantee was now in place.
The Liverpool City Region was asked if it wished to participate in a pilot for the move to 100% Business Rates retention. This offer was accepted and this had now been implemented and would continue into 2019-20.
The position for the remaining two years of the agreed budget had been detailed in the report.
At the meeting of Cabinet it was resolved that:
(1) the Capital Investment Programme for 2018-19 to 2020-21 be agreed;
(2) an ‘in principle’ 5.99% increase in Council Tax is proposed, which includes a Care Precept of 3%;
(3) the amount calculated by St Helens Borough Council as its tax base for the year 2018-19 shall be 50,563;
(4) the amounts calculated by St Helens Borough Council as the tax base (after allowing for exemptions, discounts and collection rate) for each of its Parishes for the year 2018-19, shall be:
Seneley Green 1,372
(5) delegation be provided, for the approval of the Non-Domestic Rate Return for 2018-19, to the Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director of Corporate Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Corporate Services.
The Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director of Corporate Services was present at the meeting to answer questions from Members.
Members raised questions in relation to the Council Tax revenue budget adjustment to take account of the additional 1% increase and how the £1.401m was spread over 2018 to 2020. This was answered at the meeting.
(1) the report be noted; and
(2) the Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director of Corporate Services be thanked for his attendance.
A report was presented on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) – Wider Determinants which had been submitted at a meeting of the People’s Board held on 22 November 2017.
There was a legal
duty under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 for Local
Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to jointly
undertake the JSNA and that duty was discharged through the Health
and Wellbeing Board, designated as the People’s Board in St
The presentation detailed the following:
· Demographic and Wider Determinants;
· Employment and Economy;
· Environment and Housing;
· Early Years;
· Young Peoples; and
· Next Steps.
The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)
described the community pharmacies in the St Helens area, how these
services were currently being delivered and what the current and
potential needs for pharmacy services in St Helens.
Members discussed the impact of the reduction to Public Health funding, the support in place for Young Carers and the value in the relevant individual JSNA reports being presented by the respective Cabinet Members to their corresponding Panels and/or the Commission.
* Resolved that:
the report be noted;
the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission,
alongside respective Panel Chairs, be requested to review the JSNA
reporting programme with a view to scheduling them into the overall
Overview and Scrutiny work plan; and
(3) the Director of Public Health be thanked for her attendance.
A report was submitted which updated the Overview and Scrutiny Commission on the Scrutiny Work Programme 2017/18.
Overview and Scrutiny Commission was encouraged to review the Work
Programme on a regular basis to ensure it remained timely and
Concerns were raised
with the wording of the update on Sherdley Park Golf Course. It was
clarified that a decision had been made on its future by
* Resolved that the report be noted.