Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 27th February, 2019 1.00 pm

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds

Contact: Kevin Tomkinson, Governance & Scrutiny Support Unit 

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Items
No. Item

80.

Announcements

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(a)  The Lord Mayor reminded those present that the meeting was to be webcast.

 

(b)  The Lord Mayor congratulated Councillor Gerry Harper on his recent engagement to Lynn Scholes.

 

(c)  The Lord Mayor informed Members that the Lady Mayoress would be taking part in a parachute jump in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Charity.

 

(d)  The Lord Mayor informed Council that the Lady Mayoress would be hosting an afternoon tea event in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Charity.

 

(e)  The Lord Mayor reported the recent death of Honorary Alderman Peter Kersting.

 

Council stood in silent tribute.

 

81.

Minutes of the last Meeting pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To approve the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 16th January 2019.

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It was moved by Councillor Dowson, seconded by Councillor Cohen and

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 16th January 2019 be approved.

 

82.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest from Members

 

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Councillor Mark Dobson reported that he was the manager of a Neighbourhood Network.

 

83.

Communications

To receive such communications as the Lord Mayor, the Leader,  Members of the Executive Board or the Chief Executive consider appropriate.

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The Chief Executive informed Council that a response to Council resolutions had been received from the Department for Work of Pensions in respect of the White Paper on Universal Credit considered by Council in November 2018 and

from Mims Davies MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society in respect of a White Paper on Youth Services considered by Council in January 2019.

 

The responses had previously been circulated to all Members of Council.

 

 

 

84.

Motion to Suspend Council Procedure Rules

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It was moved by Councillor Dowson, seconded by Councillor Cohen and

 

RESOLVED

 

a)  That Council Procedure Rules 21.4 (b) and 14.6(b) be suspended in respect of the Budget item to allow Councillor Lamb to move and Councillor Andrew Carter to second amendments 1 to 23 en bloc, to allow Councillor Golton to move and Councillor J Bentley to second amendments 24 to 35 en bloc, to allow Councillor Leadley to move and Councillor Elliott to second amendments 36 to 37 en bloc, to allow Councillor M Dobson to move and Councillor Field to second amendments 38 to 43 en bloc and  to allow Councillor D Blackburn to move and Councillor A Blackburn to second amendments 44 to 50 en bloc.

 

b)  That Council Procedure Rule 14.1 be suspended in respect of the Budget item and to agree;

 

(i)  that time limits will not be imposed on budget speeches of Group Leaders or their nominees in the budget debate.

(ii)  that a member contributing to the budget debate can do so for up to 5 minutes.

(iii)  that a member seconding the budget motion or budget amendments can do so for up to 5 minutes.

(iv)  that when summing up on the budget  motion the Leader of Council can do so for up to 15 minutes.

 

c)  That Council Procedure Rule 3.3 be suspended in respect of the Minutes and to agree that consideration of the Executive Board minutes will continue up to 4.45pm at which point the Leader of Council or the relevant Executive Member will sum up for up to 10 minutes. 

 

 

85.

Procedural Motion

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It was moved by Councillor Dobson, seconded by Councillor Field and

 

RESOLVED – That leave of Council be given to Councillor Dobson to withdraw amendment 43 in his name. 

 

86.

Recommendations of the Executive Board - Best Council Plan 2019/20 - 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 947 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Resources and Housing presenting the Best Council Plan 2019/20 – 2020/21 for Council’s consideration and approval. It provides the strategic framework for the authority’s 2019/20 Revenue Budget and Council tax proposals, the financial expression of the council’s priorities.

 

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The report of the Director of Resources and Housing presenting the Best Council Plan 2019/20 – 2020/21 for Council’s consideration and approval was moved by Councillor J Lewis, seconded by Councillor Dowson and

 

RESOLVED -

 

a)  To adopt the Best Council Plan 2019/20-2020/21

b)  To thank Scrutiny Boards and others for their comments throughout the consultation process that has informed the Best Council Plan 2019/20 to 2020/21.

c)  To note that further development and graphic design work will take place prior to publication of the updated Best Council Plan in April 2019.

87.

Recommendations of the General Purposes Committee - Pay Policy pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer (HR) setting out recommendations from the General Purposes Committee on 13 February 2019 to Full Council in respect of the 2019/20 Pay Policy.

 

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The report of the Chief Officer Human Resources putting forward recommendations from the General Purposes Committee that met on 13th February 2019, in relation to approving a revised pay policy statement was moved by Councillor Blake, seconded by Councillor Dowson and

RESOLVED –

 

  a)  That the updated 2019/20  financial year pay policy statement as set out in Appendix A of the attached report to General Purposes Committee be approved;

  b)  To approve that any in year requirement to amend the Annual Pay Policy Statement as a consequence of changes to Council Policies is reported to the General Purposes Committee to consider recommending to Full Council forapproval.

c)  To delegate to the Chief Officer HR any necessary adjustments to the Council’s pay scales arising from nationally agreed pay awards

 

88.

Budget Item pdf icon PDF 130 KB

i)  Revenue Budget

 

a)  To agree that the revenue budget for 2019/20 totalling £516.7m be approved. This means that the Leeds element of the council tax for 2019/20 will increase by 2.99% plus the Adult Social Care precept of 1%. This excludes the police and fire precepts which will be notified to Members prior to the Council meeting.

 

b)  To agree grants totalling £65k to be allocated to parishes.

 

c)  To approve the strategy at Appendix 9 in respect of the flexible use of capital receipts.

 

d)  To agree with respect to the Housing Revenue Account that the following be approved:

 

i)  a reduction of 1% in dwelling rents in non-Private Finance Initiative areas.

ii)  an increase of 3.4% in dwelling rents in PFI areas.

iii)  an increase of 3.3% in district heating charges.

iv)  that service charges for multi-story flats are increased by £0.75p per week.

v)  that service charges for low/medium rise properties are increased by 3.3%.

vi)  that the charge for tenants who benefit from the sheltered support service currently paying £6 a week be increased to £8 per week.

vii)  that any overall increase to tenants in respect of rents, service and sheltered support charges be capped at £3.50 per week.

viii)  that an overall freeze be applied to any tenant who would have seen a weekly overall increase of less than £1 per week. 

 

ii)  Council Tax

 

  1   That it be noted that at the meeting on 16th January 2019, Council agreed the following amounts for the year 2019/20, in accordance with regulations made under Sections 31B(3) and 34(4) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:-

 

a)  228,209.1 being the amount calculated by the Council, in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 1992 (as amended) as its council tax base for the year.

 


b)  Table 4: Taxbase Numbers 2019/20

 

 

being the amounts calculated by the Council in accordance with Regulation 6 of the Regulations, as the amounts of its Council Tax base for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which one or more special items relate.

 


2  That the following amounts be now calculated by the Council for the year 2019/20 in accordance with Sections 31A to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:-

 

a) £2,132,735,869  being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(2)(a) to (f) of the Act.

 

b) £1,812,766,065  being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 31A(3)(a) to (d) of the Act.

 

c) £319,969,804  being the amount by which the aggregate at 2(a) above exceeds the aggregate at 2(b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31A(4) of the Act, as its council tax requirement for the year.

 

d) £1,402.090468  being the amount at 2(c) above, divided by the amount at 1(a) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31B(1) of  ...  view the full agenda text for item 88.

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Under the provisions of Council Procedure Rule 14.9 leave of Council was given for Councillor Blake to alter the motion in her name having now received the precepts from West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority, Horsforth Parish Council, Kippax Parish Council and Ledston Parish Council by altering 6(ii) Council Tax by; (ii) Council Tax by altering figures at (ii) 2 a to f, the alteration of tabulations at (ii) 2 g (table 5) and h (table 6), (ii) 3 (table 7) and (ii) 4 (table 8), the alteration of paragraph (ii) 3 by the deletion of the words ‘are expected to issue’ and replace with ‘have issued’, by altering paragraph (ii) 4 by the deletion of the words ‘subject to the confirmation of the Fire and Rescue Authority precept’ and by the inclusion of any amendments to the Budget Motion that are agreed by Full Council . 

 

 

i)  Revenue Budget

 

a)  To agree that the revenue budget for 2019/20 totalling £516.7m be approved. This means that the Leeds element of the council tax for 2019/20 will increase by 2.99% plus the Adult Social Care precept of 1%. This excludes the police and fire precepts which will be notified to Members prior to the Council meeting.

 

b)  To agree grants totalling £65k to be allocated to parishes.

 

c)  To approve the strategy at Appendix 9 in respect of the flexible use of capital receipts.

 

d)  To agree with respect to the Housing Revenue Account that the following be approved:

 

i)  a reduction of 1% in dwelling rents in non-Private Finance Initiative areas.

ii)  an increase of 3.4% in dwelling rents in PFI areas.

iii)  an increase of 3.3% in district heating charges.

iv)  that service charges for multi-story flats are increased by £0.75p per week.

v)  that service charges for low/medium rise properties are increased by 3.3%.

vi)  that the charge for tenants who benefit from the sheltered support service currently paying £6 a week be increased to £8 per week.

vii)  that any overall increase to tenants in respect of rents, service and sheltered support charges be capped at £3.50 per week.

viii)  that an overall freeze be applied to any tenant who would have seen a weekly overall increase of less than £1 per week. 

 

ii)  Council Tax 

 

  1   That it be noted that at the meeting on 16th January 2019, Council agreed the following amounts for the year 2019/20, in accordance with regulations made under Sections 31B(3) and 34(4) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:-

 

a)  228,209.1 being the amount calculated by the Council, in accordance with Regulation 3 of the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 1992 (as amended) as its council tax base for the year.


b)   Table 4: Taxbase Numbers 2019/20

 

 

 

being the amounts calculated by the Council in accordance with Regulation 6 of the Regulations, as the amounts of its Council Tax base for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which one or more special items  ...  view the full minutes text for item 88.

89.

Minutes of the Executive Board pdf icon PDF 296 KB

To receive the minutes in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.2(i).

 

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The Lord Mayor informed Council that there was no time available to debate the Executive Board minutes.

 

Councillor Blake moved that the minutes be received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.2(i), seconded by Councillor Dowson and it was

 

RESOLVED - That the minutes be received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 2.2(i).