Agenda and minutes

Budget Only, Cabinet
Wednesday, 1st February, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford. View directions

Contact: Mike Bradbury  Email: michael.bradbury@staffordshire.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

83.

Decision notice of the meeting held on 18 January 2017 pdf icon PDF 271 KB

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Minutes:

Decision – That the decision notice of the meeting held on 18 January 2017 be approved.

84.

Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2017-2022 pdf icon PDF 509 KB

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Minutes:

Philip Atkins

 

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“In Staffordshire, we are working hard to bring investment into the county, create jobs and help families lead more prosperous, rewarding, healthier and independent lives, not just because this is more affordable, but because it is the right thing to do.

 

This budget, while undoubtedly the most challenging to date, will help us build on our track record of growing the economy and at the same time also see us spending a record £300m on adults and children’s social care next year.

 

We recognise even more challenges lie ahead and we will be working with partners, employers and residents to ensure Staffordshire continues to be a great place to live and work.”

 

Philip Atkins, Leader of the County Council.

 

Over the last seven years we have looked at how we can make the council as efficient as possible and have reduced our own running costs by around £200m.

 

This year as well as reducing our costs, we have had to take very difficult decisions

in order to bridge a significant shortfall in our budget and meet our legal obligation to balance the books.

 

With a growing ageing population to support we all now need to look at doing a little

more for ourselves where we can and also paying a little more to help those who need our help the most with the budget available.”

 

Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member Strategy, Finance and Corporate Matters.

 

Reasons for the Decision – To provide Cabinet with an update on the work to date in reviewing the Strategic Plan, the Business Plan and the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) which provides details of how the Council’s operations will be funded over the period 2017-2022.

 

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

 

(i) The progress made in the further refresh of the Strategic Plan 2017/18 be notedand referred to the County Council for approval at its meeting on 16 February 2017;

 

(ii) The Leader of the Council and Chief Executive be authorised to finalise the details of the Strategic Plan 2017/18 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) 2017-22 and the 2017/18 revenue and capital budgets:

 

(i) The updates to the MTFS, as set out in the report, be noted;

 

(ii) The comments of the Director of Finance and Resources 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 at its meeting on 16 February 2017 that they consider and approve the following:

 

·         a net revenue budget of £490.632m for 2017/18;

·         planning forecasts for 2018/19 to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 84.

85.

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”.

 

 

PART TWO

(All reports in this section are exempt)

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED - 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.

 

86.

Exempt Decision Notice of the Meeting held on 18 January 2017

(Exemption paragraph 3)

Minutes:

(Exemption paragraph 3)

 

Decision – That the exempt decision notice of the meeting held on 18 January 2017 be approved.