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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Offices. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies of absence.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 225 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Policy and Resources Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 2 March 2021.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Policy and Resources Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 2 March 2021, be confirmed and signed as a correct record.

3.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s announcements made at this meeting.

4.

Declarations of Interest and Disclosures of Advice or Direction

To receive any declarations of interest from members in accordance with Standing Orders and the Council’s Code of Conduct and disclosures of advice or directions received from Group Leaders or Political Groups, in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest made at this meeting.

5.

Deputations

To receive any deputations of which notice has been lodged.

Minutes:

There were no deputations received at this meeting.

6.

Capital & Treasury Management Outturn 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To consider a report by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer on the capital & treasury management outturn for 2020-21.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel considered a report by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer on the capital & treasury management outturn for 2020/21.

 

At the request of the Chairman, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer gave the Panel a brief explanation on the Council’s Commercial Investment Portfolio. There were several questions regarding the impact of the Pandemic on the investment portfolio. The Deputy Chief Executive Officer explained that there is always a level of risk when investing in commercial properties, however he reassured the Panel that the investments that the Council have made are low risk.

 

RESOLVED that the Panel recommends to the Executive at its meeting in 5 July, that it endorses the recommendations as set out in the report.

7.

General Fund & Housing Revenue Account Outturn 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 111 KB

To consider a report by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer on the general fund & housing revenue account outturn for 2020-21.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel considered a report by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer on the general fund and housing revenue account outturn for 2020/21.

 

At the invitation of the Chairman, Councillor S Woodward, Executive Member for Policy and Resources, addressed the Committee on this item. He reminded the Panel that whilst the level of government funding during the Pandemic has enabled the Council not to have to use its reserves this year, the Council was already facing financial pressure prior to Covid-19 and therefore any plans for further income streams that the Council has considered or implemented will need to continue in order to meet the on-going financial pressures that will be placed on the Council for several years to come.

 

RESOLVED that the Panel recommends to the Executive, at its meeting on 5 July 2021, that it endorses the recommendations set out in the report.

 

 

8.

Presentation on Additional Restrictions Grant - Wider Business Support Scheme pdf icon PDF 192 KB

To receive a presentation by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer on the additional restrictions grant – wider business support scheme.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel received a presentation by the Head of Finance and Audit on the wider business support scheme, which is being implemented using an allocation from the Additional Restrictions Grant funding. (A copy of this presentation has been appended to these minutes).

 

Members asked questions of the Head of Finance and Audit mainly relating to the monitoring of take-up of the scheme compared to grant funding allocated and regarding the impact of the previous and newly proposed training and guidance that is being offered to businesses. She confirmed that the take up of the scheme will be monitored and data on the businesses being helped will be collated. The support is intended to help businesses obtain advice and skills to help them future proof themselves going forward. Consideration is being given to some post payment assurance work to review how businesses have felt the support has helped them.

 

RESOLVED that the Head of Finance and Audit be thanked for her informative presentation.

9.

Executive Business pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To consider any items of business dealt with by the Executive since the last meeting of the Panel, that falls under the remit of the Policy and Resources Portfolio. This will include any decisions taken by individual members during the same time period.

Minutes:

The Panel considered the Executive items of business which fall under the remit of the Policy and Resources Portfolio, including Executive Member decisions and Officer delegated decisions, that have taken place since the last meeting of the Panel on 2 March 2021.

 

The Panel considered the decisions at item 9 (1) to 9 (7) of the agenda.

 

RESOLVED that the Policy and Resources Scrutiny Panel considered the following items of Executive Business.

9(1)

CITIZENS OF HONOUR NOMINATIONS 2021 pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Minutes:

No comments were received.

9(2)

FUTURE OF 42/44 WEST STREET, FAREHAM pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Minutes:

No comments were received.

9(3)

SOUTHAMPTON AND FAREHAM LEGAL SERVICES PARTNERSHIP REVIEW pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Minutes:

No comments were received.

9(4)

IRRECOVERABLE DEBTS pdf icon PDF 12 KB

Minutes:

No comments were received.

9(5)

LEVELLING UP FUND pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Minutes:

No comments were received.

9(6)

ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS GRANT - WIDER BUSINESS SUPPORT SCHEME pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Minutes:

No comments were received.

9(7)

WELCOME BACK FUND pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Minutes:

No comments were received.

10.

Scrutiny Priorities

To provide an opportunity for Members to consider the scrutiny priorities for the Policy and Resources Panel.

Minutes:

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer addressed the Panel on this item and reminded members of the items that are already on the plan, especially those scheduled for the next meeting.

 

He then invited Members to put forward any further items they would like to scrutinise. Councillor Mrs Hockley requested an update later in the year on how the business support schemes are working. The Deputy Chief Executive Officer confirmed that this would be included in the scrutiny plan.

 

 




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