Agenda and minutes

Executive Board
Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Committee Room - Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG

Contact: Kate Morris, Constitutional Services, Tel: 0115 8764353  Email: kate.morris2@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Note: Unless stated otherwise, all decisions are subject to call-in. The last date for call-in is 1 February 2019. Decisions cannot be implemented until the working day after this date 

Items
No. Item

69.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

None.

70.

Declarations of interests

Minutes:

None.

71.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 170 KB

Last meeting held on 18 December (for confirmation)

Minutes:

Councillor Toby Neal offered clarification to minute 61. The last sentence of the second paragraph should read that the intention of the PSPO is to tackle the commercial giving of free matter and that the giving of a cup of coffee, for example, would not be considered a breach of the PSPO.

 

With the above revision the minutes of the meeting held on 18 December 2018 were confirmed as a true record and were signed by the Chair.

72.

Council Tax - Determination of the 2019/20 Tax Base - KEY DECISION pdf icon PDF 344 KB

Report of the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Resources and Commercial services

Minutes:

The Board considered the report of the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Resources and Commercial Services setting out the process and calculations to determine Council Tax Base for 2019/20 and seeking approval to agree collection rates, base and an increase in the rate paid for long term empty properties.

 

RESOLVED to:

 

(1)  approve a tax base of 66,766 for 2019/20;

 

(2)  agree that a collection rate of 97.5% be used in the determination of the 2019/20 tax base; and

 

(3)  agree an increase in the Council Tax Premium levied on long term empty properties from 50% additional Council Tax to 100% from 1st April 2019 as part of these calculations.

 

Reasons for decisions

The City Council and precepting authorities (i.e. Police and Fire Authorities) will use the tax base figure in their budget processes in February 2019 to determine the level of Council Tax for 2019/20. These recommendations estimate future changes to the current tax base during 2019/20 and apply an appropriate anticipated collection rate for the period, taking into account collection trends and the prevailing economic environment, to determine the tax base figure to be set.

 

From 1st April 2019 an amendment to S11B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 will allow Local Authorities to increase the Council Tax Premium that is levied on properties empty and unfurnished for over two years from a maximum of an additional 50% of the Council Tax charge up to 100% at such properties. A determination is required to approve a change to the maximum charge of 100%. This will encourage such properties to be brought back into occupation, or will generate additional revenue where this is not successful.

 

Other Options Considered

No other options were considered as the council is legally required to set a Council Tax base using objective calculations.

73.

Council Plan 2015-2019 pdf icon PDF 240 KB

Report of the Leader of the Council

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered the report of the Leader of the Council updating on performance against Council Plan priorities up to quarter 2 of year 4. The current plan finishes at the end of March 2019 and a further, final report on performance will be produced. Of 202 commitments made 178 are considered “green” or achieved.

 

The report details progress on the top 5 priorities, 3 of which are rated as green, 1 as amber and 1 as red.

 

During discussion Portfolio Holders highlighted progress on the following priorities:

 

(a)  Of the top 5 priorities 3 are rated as green, 1 as amber and 1as red.

·  Ensure every child in Nottingham is taught in a school judged good or outstanding by OFSTED – This is currently rated amber, it peaked at 87% and is a significant increase from the 66% at the start of the Council Plan.

·  Cut the number of victims of crimes by a fifth – this is rated as red. Nottingham City Council has achieved the target reduction of perceived antisocial behaviour. Crime levels have seen an  increase since the start of the plan which has been compounded by the removal of the City division of Nottinghamshire Police, reduction of funding to the Police force resulting in a reduction of officers, and a national change in crime recording;

 

(b)  Increase the number of Nottingham City foster carers by 20% - this target has been achieved and exceeded. The number of foster carers has increased by 30% in the period the Council plan has been in place;

 

(c)   Promote the “Dolly Parton Imagination Library” scheme so that every child under 5 in Nottingham receives a monthly free book – this target is rated red, however 4663 children in Nottingham receive a free monthly book thanks largely to donations and Nottingham City has achieved the third largest scheme of its kind in the country;

 

(d)  Rejuvenate Nottingham Castle and develop the Castle Quarter as a major national heritage attraction – work is underway at the Castle and redevelopment of the Castle Quarter is progressing too;

 

(e)  Start the development of a new Central Library for the city – plans are in place and work is starting on the new central library as part of the Broadmarsh programme;

 

(f)  Extend the telecare and telehealth services so 6,000 more people can be supported to live independently – 11,000 citizens are now supported to live independently;

 

(g)  Reduce teenage pregnancy by a third – this has not yet been achieved and is currently rated as amber. However this was a very ambitious target and much hard work has gone into progressing this programme. Since 1998 the teenage pregnancy rate has reduced by 66.1%;

 

(h)  Reduce smoking during pregnancy by a third – this target is rated red, however there has been a reduction of 16.8% and a renewed marketing campaign has just been released to push the health messages around this target;

 

(i)  Protect from cuts Environmental Health Officers to assure continued regulation  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.

74.

Exclusion of the Public

To consider excluding the public from the meeting during consideration of the remaining item(s) in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the basis that, having regard to all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs in the public interest in disclosing the information

Minutes:

RESOLVED to exclude the public from the meeting during consideration of the remaining items in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the basis that, having regard to all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information as defined in paragraph 3 of part 1, Schedule 12A of the Act.

75.

Highway Services - Key Decision - Exempt Report

Report of the Portfolio Holder for Transport and HR

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board considered the exempt report from the Portfolio Holder of Transport and HR on Highway Services.

 

RESOLVED to approve the recommendation set out in the report

 

Reasons for the decision

As set out in the exempt report

 

Other Options considered

As set out in the exempt report