Agenda and minutes

Special Cabinet (Budget), Cabinet - Wednesday 29th January 2020 10.00 am

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Decision notice of the meetings held on 8 and 15 January 2020 pdf icon PDF 124 KB

(a)  8 January 2020

(b)  15 January 2020

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Decision – That the notes of the meetings held on 8 and 15 January 2020 be approved.


Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2020 - 2025 pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance

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Philip Atkins














The county council is entering 2020 in good shape – despite the huge challenges everyone in local government continues to face. We are leaner, working smarter and are more focused than ever on doing   whatever it takes to make the lives of people in Staffordshire happier, healthier and more rewarding.


In 2020/2021 we have sent out a plan which will allow us to protect increasing numbers of people eligible for care, but still invest in growing our economy and increasing opportunities for Staffordshire families.


The Prime Minister has said he wants to do more for the North and for the Midlands and, together with our MPs, we  will continue to lobby to make this happen and also to press for a long-term solution to key areas such as funding of care.”


Philip Atkins, Leader of the Council


We have faced unprecedented financial challenges, but our proactive approach has helped ensure we are on track to reduce costs by £62m in our five-year plan to 2024.


The pressures on funding care, not only remain but are increasing year on year, something which is just unsustainable. That’s why it is hugely important that in terms of national funding for care, for children with special educational needs and for our declining roads – that 2020 is the year that we find a national solution.”


Mike Sutherland, Cabinet Member for Finance


Reasons for the Decision – To consider the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) for the period 2020-2025 and the draft budget for 2020/21.


Decision – (a) That in respect of the Strategic Plan:


(i)            The progress made regarding the update of the Strategic Plan 2018- 2022 be noted and it be referred to the County Council for approval on 13th February 2020;

(ii)          The Leader of the Council and Chief Executive be authorised to finalise the details of the Strategic Plan 2020/21 prior to final publication to ensure that it reflects any changes to the management and accountability structures of the County Council as part of the organisation’s transformation;


(b) That, in respect of the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) 2020-25 and the 2020/21 revenue budget:


(i)            The updates to the financial plans as set out in this report be noted;


(ii)          The comments of the County Treasurer on the adequacy of reserves and robustness of the budget be noted and that the County Council be asked to take note of these comments when considering the budget and council tax;


(iii)         The comments and recommendations of the Corporate Review Committee, together with the Cabinet’s response thereto, be noted;


(iv)         It be recommended to the County Council on 13th February 2020 that they consider and approve the following:


·         a net revenue budget of £479.595m for 2020/21;

·         planning forecasts for 2021/22 to 2024/25 as set out in Appendix 12 to the report;

·         a contingency provision of £4.000m for 2020/21;

·         a net contribution to reserves and general balances of £14.671m for 2020/21;

·         a budget requirement of £494.266m for 2020/21;  ...  view the full minutes text for item 92.


Exclusion of the Public

The Chairman to move:-


“That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business which involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 12A (as amended) of Local Government Act 1972 indicated below”.




(All reports in this section are exempt)

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