Agenda item

Council Tax 2020/21

To consider and set the Council Tax for 2020/21

 

A separate budget pack produced by the Director for Digital and Resources will be circulated as item 12, the recommendation from the Executive is detailed at item 7e is considered as part of this item.

 

Please note that members will be asked to suspend normal council procedure rules for this item. Use of the Council’s budget procedure rules are followed for this item https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/media/media,151697,en.pdf 

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council introduced the budget and setting of the council tax to members and made the following speech which is summarised as follows:

 

·         The Leader was proud of the work of the council in the previous year;

·         The administration did not duck from hard decisions given the financial challenges facing the council;

·         The move to fortnightly collections had resulted in a rise in recycling rates and a reduction in residual waste;

·         The Executive, Chairman and Officer were thanked for their work of the past year;

·         Despite the financial pressures faced by the Council the Council still delivered quality services to the community;

·         The budget was the first with platforms:going further in mind and careful financial management would allow for investment in more than 150 services, building economy and homes and protecting an environment;

·         Over the previous year Focus house had opened, a development that head provided benefits to the local economy including 450 jobs in a council owned premises, money being spent locally;

·         The Council was looking to use assets smarter. The Council was looking to build Council housing on Council housing on Council owned land. The Council had secured £10m to create 540 affordable homes and was investing in staff and skills to make sure that benefits were shared broadly across the community;

·         71 households had been prevented from becoming homeless and the council had also introduced the ‘opening doors scheme’ as well as investing in Council-owned temporary and emergency accommodation.

·         The budget included £5.6m to improve and repair Adur Homes properties which would be supported by a 2.7% increase in rents which would be the first increase in four years. The rise was vital to ensure the councils could ensure quality and safety for Adur Homes residents;

·         The Council had declared a climate emergency making a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030. A solid plan had been developed and the authority was working hard to reduce its carbon footprint and use of plastic. This included 11 tonnes of CO2 emissions being offset by the installation of solar panels. The Councils were investigating further where solar panels could also be installed;

·         The budget proposed to spend £325k to support efforts to be carbon neutral by 2030 which included taking on more staff;

·         The Councils were ambitious despite the difficult financial situation. This was reflected in the fact that the Councils had been short listed by the LGC as Council of the year.

 

The Leader of the main opposition made a speech that is summarised as follows:

 

·         The Leader of the main opposition thanked officers for their hard work;

·         There were serious questions to be had on the way that councils were funded. As council tax was not based on income it meant that the poorest paid more proportionally as the richest;

·         Local services had been reduced and tax payer were paying more to get less;

·         Central government passed the burden and blame onto local government as well as other authorities such as West Sussex had made cuts of £437k;

·         It should be imperative that the authorities lobbied the MP and the County Council about funding for the authority;

·         The Council had helped a developer pay for affordable housing when the £720k would have been better off being spent on its own housing stock;

·         The council spent too much on consultants;

·         The land at the former Civic Centre site should not be sold off for profit and any housing should include 40% socially rented housing;

·         Adur Homes stock was suffering from neglect and the service was underperforming;

·         The Leader of the main opposition warned against the ‘commercial investment bubble’ of which local government had 25% of the market;

·         The High street was in trouble and in decay, people were staying away and the Council needed to act fast;

·         Bus Services had been cut and the Council needed to investigate how to fund new and existing services;

·         The upcoming IKEA development would have a detrimental effect on air quality.

 

The Leader of the main opposition proposed the following amendments

 

Amendment 1

 

What: Green waste collection customer survey

Why: In light of Adur’s green waste bin collection service having the 2nd highest charge in the country, we wish to consider reducing this cost to one in line with the nationwide average. When Adur was collecting refuse weekly, green waste was collected by the refuse/recycle truck in a separate compartment, but now because of the lack of capacity it’s collected in its own dedicated truck which defeats the object. One way to achieve this without significant cost pressure is by changing the collections to fortnightly but this depends on the expectations of current customers.

 

Cost: £7.5k for a hand delivered survey with free of charge return envelopes.

Financed by: 19/20 monitoring reports underspend

 

Amendment 2

 

What: Update Air Quality Plan - LAQM Action Plan (2007) expected every 5 years but it’s 13 years out-of-date.

Why: update with new development models and set objectives for next 5 years, campaign ideas. Integrating recently published WSCC Air Quality Mitigation Guidance for Adur planning applications. Public stewardship and transparency of DEFRA requirements.

 

Cost: £3k for external air quality consultant time and report compilation.

Financed by: 19/20 monitoring reports underspend

 

 

Amendment 3

 

What: Travel behavioural change campaign (could include the re-branding of anti-idling school campaign tools offered by Canterbury Council) and resource for running any agreed campaign

Why: Idling can be avoided, use of diesel/petrol cars are detrimental to public health (particularly children), encouragement to walk/cycle. In light of increasing air quality hotspots in Adur. Development mitigation.

Cost: £6k for campaign tools and resource cost based on a trainer visiting 16 schools in Adur for one session each.

Financed by: 19/20 monitoring reports underspend

 

Amendment 4

 

What: Air quality monitoring equipment 

Why: ability for Environmental Health Officers to measure air quality problematic hot spots quickly. This equipment will immediately return hourly measures in contrast to diffusion tubes which require a 3 week wait for data. The sensor also measures particulates which have proved to be more harmful than Nitrogen Dioxide pollution. Will be useful during periods of roadwork congestion and new developments.

 

Cost: £5k for equipment

Financed by: 19/20 monitoring reports underspend

 

The proposed amendments were seconded and the Council debated the budget and proposed amendments and the leader and deputy Leader indicated support for proposed amendment 3. However if agreed they would use executive powers following the meeting to increase the proposed budget to £15k for a far reaching public awareness campaign as there was already a schools campaign being enacted by West sussex county Council. Following the debate the proposed amendments and budget as amended were voted upon.

 

Amendment 1:

 

For (Cllr)

 

Arnold, Balfe, O’Connor, Cowen, Stainforth, Zeglam

 

Against

 

Carson Albury, Carol Albury, Barton, Boggis, Boram, Bridges, Burghard, Chipp, Coomber, Collins, Dunn, Evans, Loader, McGregor, Mansfield, Parkin, Simmons

 

Abstain:

 

Nil

 

The proposed amendment failed

 

Amendment 2:

 

For (Cllr)

 

Arnold, Balfe, O’Connor, Cowen, Stainforth, Zeglam,  Loader

 

Against

 

Carson Albury, Carol Albury, Barton, Boggis, Boram, Bridges, Burghard, Chipp, Coomber, Collins, Dunn, Evans, McGregor, Mansfield, Parkin, Simmons

 

Abstain

 

Nil

 

The proposed amendment failed

 

Amendment 3:

 

For (Cllr)

 

Carson Albury, Carol Albury, Barton, Boggis, Boram, Bridges, Burghard, Chipp, Coomber, Collins, Dunn, Evans, Loader, McGregor, Mansfield, Parkin, Simmons, Arnold, Balfe, O’Connor, Cowen, Stainforth, Zeglam

 

Against

 

Nil

 

Abstain

 

Nil

 

The proposed amendment was accepted

 

Amendment 4:

 

For (Cllr)

 

Arnold, Balfe, O’Connor, Cowen, Stainforth, Zeglam, Loader

 

Against

 

Carson Albury, Carol Albury, Barton, Boggis, Boram, Bridges, Burghard, Chipp, Coomber, Collins, Dunn, Evans, McGregor, Mansfield, Parkin, Simmons

 

Abstained

 

Nil

 

The proposed amendment failed

 

The Budget as amended

 

For (Cllr)

 

Carson Albury, Carol Albury, Barton, Boggis, Boram, Bridges, Burghard, Chipp, Coomber, Collins, Dunn, Evans, Loader, McGregor, Mansfield, Parkin, Simmons, Arnold, Balfe, O’Connor, Cowen, Stainforth, Zeglam

 

Against

 

Nil

 

Abstain

 

Nil

 

The budget as amended was approved

Resolved:

 

1.

It be noted that on 4th February 2020, the Executive calculated the Council Tax Base 2020/21.

 

(a)

for the whole Council area as 21,381.4 [Item T in the formula in Section 31B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as amended (the “Act”)]; and

 

 

(b)

for dwellings in those parts of its area to which a Parish precept relates as in the attached Appendix C

2.

That the Council Tax requirement for the Council’s own purposes for 2020/21 (excluding Parish precepts) is £6,528,930.

 

3.

That the following amounts be calculated by the Council for the year 2020/21 in accordance with Sections 31 to 36 of the Act:

 

 

(a)

£45,648,590

being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2) of the Act taking into account all precepts issued to it by Parish Councils

 

(b)

£38,704,760

being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(3) of the Act.

 

(c)

£6,943,830

being the amount by which the aggregate at 3(a) above exceeds the aggregate at 3(b) above, calculated by the Council in accordance with Section 31A(4) of the Act, as its Council Tax requirement for the year. (Item R), in the formula in Section 31B of the Act).

 

(d)

£324.76

being the amount at 3(c) above (Item R), all divided by Item T (1(a) above), calculated by the Council in accordance with Section 31B of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the year (including Parish precepts).

 

(e)

£414,900

being the aggregate amount of all special items (Parish precepts) referred to in Section 34(1) of the Act (as per the attached Appendix C).

 

(f)

£305.37

being the amount at 3(d) above less the result given by dividing the amount at 3(e) above by Item T (1(a) above), calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 34(2) of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the year.

 

(g)

£336,240

being the aggregate amount of all special expenses (not applicable in the Lancing Parish area)

 


 

 

 

 

(h)

£289.62

being the amount at 3(d) above less the result given by dividing the amount at 3(e) and 3(g) above by Item T (1a above), calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 34(2) of the Act, as the basic amount of its Council Tax for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which no Parish precept or Special Expense relates.

 

4.

That it be noted that for the year 2020/21 the West Sussex County Council and The  Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex have issued precepts to the Council in accordance with Section 40 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 for each category of dwellings in the Council’s area as indicated in the table below:-

 

 

All of the Council’s Area

Band A

Band B

Band C

Band D

Band E

Band F

Band G

Band H

2020/21

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

West Sussex County Council Total as split below:

959.16

1,119.02

1,278.88

1,438.74

1,758.46

2,078.18

2,397.90

2,877.48

West Sussex Council – Core precept

874.81

1,020.61

1,166.41

1,312.21

1,603.81

1,895.41

2,187.02

2,624.42

West Sussex County Council – Adults Social Care Element

84.35

98.41

112.47

126.53

154.65

182.77

210.88

253.06

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex

133.27

155.49

177.70

199.91

244.33

288.76

333.18

399.82

 

5.

That the Council, in accordance with Sections 30 and 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, hereby sets the amounts shown in Appendix B as the amounts of Council Tax for the year 2020/21 for each part of its area and for each of the categories of dwellings.

 

6.    that the draft budgets for 2020/21 be approved

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