Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday, 10th September, 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Conference Room 2 - The Forum. View directions

Contact: Corporate and Democratic Support  01442 228209

Items
No. Item

CA/77/19

Minutes pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on  30 July 2019.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 30 July 2019 were agreed by Members present and signed by the Chair.

 

CA/78/19

Apologies for Absence

 

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

There were no apologies of absence.

 

CA/79/19

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest

 

A member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a personal interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered -

 

(i)            must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent

 

and, if the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest, or a personal interest which is also prejudicial

 

(ii)            may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter (and must withdraw to the public seating area) unless they have been granted a dispensation.

 

A member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Members’ Register of Interests, or is not the subject of a pending notification, must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.

 

Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal and prejudicial interests are defined in Part 2 of the Code of Conduct for Members

 

[If a member is in any doubt as to whether they have an interest which should be declared they should seek the advice of the Monitoring Officer before the start of the meeting]

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

CA/80/19

Public Participation

An opportunity for members of the public to make statements and ask questions in accordance with the rules as to Public Participation.

 

 

Minutes:

There was no public participation

 

CA/81/19

Referrals to Cabinet

There were no referrals to Cabinet

Minutes:

There were no referrals to Cabinet

 

CA/82/19

Cabinet Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

The forward plan was noted with the following changes:

·         Move item 7 (Brownfield Land Register) to November

 

CA/83/19

Treasury Management Outturn Report for 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 102 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Decision

RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND that:

 

The report on Treasury Management performance in 2018/19 and the Prudential Indicators for 2018/19 be accepted.

 

Corporate objectives

Optimising investment income for General Fund and Housing Revenue budgets whilst managing investment risk is fundamental to achieving the corporate objective of delivering an efficient and modern council.

 

Monitoring Officer

 

No comments to add to the report.

 

Section 151 officer

 

This is a S151 Officer report.

 

Advice

 

Councillor Elliot introduced the report which was an annual regulatory requirement. One key point is the council have earned an average rate of return of 0.69% compared with the budget assumption of average investment balances of £80.0m at 0.68% investment return.

 

Councillor Birnie asked for clarification around the issue of borrowing against slippage. He understood that this would have been in the budget.

 

J Deane said there is no borrowing for slippage.

 

Councillor Birnie asked if we invest what is not spent.

 

J Deane said yes, we invest all the time. All projects in the capital programme will be delivered but that sometimes delivery of a project is delayed. When that happens, the Council has more funds available to invest and therefore, all things being equal, the investment returns are higher than forecast.

 

Councillor Birnie referred to paragraph 5.3 and asked if there was any plans to borrow money to fund the development company.

 

N Howcutt said the development company has projected short and long term borrowing. There will be a holding pattern until we know what plans have been approved and at what cost.

 

Councillor Birnie asked if this would come under the general fund when social housing is built.

 

N Howcutt said it would be done under the General Fund because the Housing Revenue Account does not have the ability to lend to other companies.

 

Recommendations agreed.

CA/84/19

Q1 Budget Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 127 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Decision

 

1.   Consider the budget monitoring position for each of the above accounts;

 

RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND that:

 

2.   The approval of the revised capital programme to move £1.5m slippage identified at Quarter 1 into financial year 2020/21 as detailed in Appendix C;

 

3.   The approval of supplementary revenue budgets funded by grant income. This grant income has already been received by the Council and is ring-fenced for use in specific services. Details are set out below:

 

·         Supplementary budget funded by grant of £70k in the Benefits Administration service.

 

·         Supplementary budget funded by grant of £100k in the Strategic Planning service.

 

·         Supplementary budget of £62k in the Homelessness service, funded from the homelessness prevention grant currently held in reserves.

 

·           Supplementary budget of £21k in the Partnerships service, and £18k in the Homelessness service, funded from Dacorum Partnership Reserve. This expenditure has been approved by the Dacorum Strategic Network.

 

4.   The approval of supplementary capital budgets required to deliver several service changes as set out below:

 

·         A capital budget of £112k to fund arena seating at Hemel Sports Centre.

 

·         A capital budget of £36k for land transferred to the Council in lieu of a Community Infrastructure Levy contribution.

 

5.    £130k is drawn down from the Litigation Reserve to fund the legal costs and the fine associated with the recent HAVs case.

Corporate objectives

Delivering an efficient and modern council

Monitoring Officer

No comments to add to the report.

Deputy Section 151 Officer

Comments included within the body of this report.

Advice

Councillor Elliot introduced the item and advised Cabinet that an additional recommendation had been added for consideration. The recommendation asks for Council approval for £130k to be drawn down from the Litigation Reserve to fund the legal costs and the fine associated with the recent HAVs case.

Councillor Tindall asked if the council had lost this case.

Councillor Williams said the council reported themselves and plead guilty.

Councillor Birnie asked if the judge imposed the minimum fine.

Councillor Williams said that was correct.

J Deane said that in mitigation it’s worth remembering that the HSE only became involved in this issue because, despite the ongoing funding reductions, the Council proactively increased its investment in H&S, restructuring its teams and appointing more qualified professionals. The work that this new team did to bring the Council’s processes up to the required standard highlighted historical shortfalls that we were obliged to report to the HSE, which is what prompted their investigation. Effectively, it was impossible for us to move from the historical situation where our processes were below par to a situation where they were satisfactory without triggering the HSE investigation. This was reflected in the judge’s comments, when he noted that this was a discrete case and that DBC was a concerned employer.

Recommendations agreed.

 

CA/85/19

Anti-Social Behaviour policy pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Decision

That the Anti-social Behaviour Policy as set out in the report be approved

 

Corporate objectives

·         Working in partnership to create a borough that enables Dacorum’s communities to thrive and prosper

·         A clean, safe and enjoyable environment

·         Building strong and vibrant communities

 

Monitoring Officer

No comments to add to the report

Deputy Section 151 Officer

 

Comments included within the body of this report.

 

 

Advice

 

Councillor Banks introduced the report and said it was the council’s responsibility to effectively deal with anti-social behaviour. There are three elements of the council’s responsibilities: as a social landlord, from a community safety angle and environmental protection. The policy ensures the council are complying with legislation and best practice.

 

L Warden added that the introduction of one policy means a more consistent approach and reduces the risk of legal action. The new policy sets out five commitments. The legal team, anti-social behaviour team and housing have been involved in the development of new policy as well as police and fire teams.

 

Recommendations agreed.

 

CA/86/19

Building Control Service pdf icon PDF 143 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Decision

 

RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND that:

 

1.     The Borough Council’s Building Control service is transferred to Broste Rivers Limited, holding company of Hertfordshire Building Control Limited and The Building Control (Hertfordshire) Company Ltd. on the terms set out in the Cabinet report.

2.     Authority be delegated to the Chief Executive as Head of Paid Service to agree any final and outstanding technical, financial and operational matters to be concluded in effecting the proposed transfer of the Building Control service and to authorise the completion of the respective Services  Agreement, Inter-Authority Agreement , Shareholder’s Agreement and Articles of Association with Hertfordshire Building Control Ltd., together with any other legal agreements and documents which are required to give effect to the transfer.

3.     An increase in the Building Control revenue budget for 2020/21 of £40k p.a.

4.     The draw down of £187k from reserves to fund the one off initial membership purchase, £152k and subsequent £35k set up costs of transferring the service to HBC Ltd.

5.     The following Officers are confirmed to serve in regard to Broste Rivers Limited as follows: The Chief Executive (as representative of Dacorum Borough Council as shareholder; The Corporate Director (Housing & Regeneration) as Director of Broste Rivers Limited and subsidiary companies; and the Group Manager – Development Management and Planning to the Commissioning Group.

6.     To pass a resolution to delegate statutory Building Control functions to one of the Building Control authorities (“LA1”).

 

Corporate objectives

 

The report supports the corporate objectives of:

 

A clean, safe and enjoyable environment – a sustainable and well-functioning Building Control service in the long term will continue to ensure that new buildings are constructed to safe standards in compliance with the national Building Regulations, and that an effective service to deal with the public safety issues of dangerous structures as they arise can continue to be provided and delivered effectively

 

Delivering an efficient and modern Council – The proposals aim to provide a resilient Building Control service in the public interest and offer the best available value for money to the local tax payer.

Monitoring Officer

 

Pursuant to section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972, any function of a local authority may be delegated to another local authority.  Building control is a statutory function within which certain functions cannot be delegated to any external body (other than another local authority) even if the body itself is wholly owned by other local authorities.

 

Further to the above, where a local authority operates under executive arrangements, such delegations can only be made under Regulation 5(2)(a) of The Local Authorities (Arrangements for the Discharge of Functions) (England) Regulations 2012.   Agreement to Recommendation 4 above would fulfil the necessary requirements with regards to delegation.

 

 

 Hertfordshire Building Control Ltd has been set up as a “Teckal” company under regulation 12 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015, which means that it can benefit from contracts for works, services or supply from its controlling Contracting Authority (or Authorities) without having to go through a competitive tender process,

 

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CA/87/19

Exclusion of the Public

To consider passing a resolution in the following terms:

 

That, under s.100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A Part 1 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 the public be excluded during the items in Part 2 of the Agenda for this meeting, because it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, that, if members of the public were present during those items, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information relating to the financial and business affairs of the Council and third party companies/organisations.

 

Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3.

 

Minutes:

That, under s.100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12A Part 1 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 the public be excluded during the items in Part 2 of the Agenda for this meeting, because it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, that, if members of the public were present during those items, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information relating to the financial and business affairs of the Council and third party companies/organisations.

 

Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3

 

CA/88/19

Building Control Service

Minutes:

Full details in the Part 2 minutes