Agenda item

Revenue & Capital Budget 2020/21 to 2023/24

Minutes:

The Mayor informed Council that an update to the Revenue and Capital Budget 2020/21 to 2023/24 report, including an additional recommendation for consideration, had been provided via an addendum to the agenda. Speakers from all parties were then invited to speak on the Budget.     

 

Councillor Andy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance, proposed the substantive budget recommendations, set out in the report and the addendum. 

 

Councillor Jonathan Bartley and Councillor Tim Briggs, who had both proposed amendments to the Budget, set out via the Green Group Alternative Budget and Conservative Alternative Budget respectively, each addressed Council.

 

The following members also contributed to the debate: 

 

Councillor Ben Kind

Councillor Maria Kay

Councillor Scott Ainslie

Councillor Ed Davie

Councillor Lucy Caldicott

Councillor Mohammed Seedat

Councillor Becca Thackray

Councillor Scarlet O’Hara

Councillor Matthew Bennett

Councillor Nicole Griffiths

Councillor Nanda Manley-Browne

Councillor Paul Gadsby 

 

Councillor Pete Elliott and Councillor Claire Holland both then concluded the debate. The Mayor moved to the vote and reminded Council that, in accordance with the Constitution, a recorded vote was required when voting on all budget and council tax issues at Council budget meetings.

 

Amendment 1, the Conservative Alternative Budget, proposed by Councillor Tim Briggs and set out via the second despatch, was put to a recorded vote and defeated.

 

Councillors recorded their votes on the amendment as follows:

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Absent

Danial Adilypour

 

X

 

 

Scott Ainslie

 

X

 

 

David Amos

 

X

 

 

Donatus Anyanwu

 

 

 

X

Liz Atkins

 

 

 

X

Mary Atkins

 

X

 

 

Jonathan Bartley

 

X

 

 

Matthew Bennett

 

X

 

 

Anna Birley

 

X

 

 

Jennifer Brathwaite

 

 

 

X

Linda Bray

 

X

 

 

Tim Briggs

X

 

 

 

Lucy Caldicott

 

X

 

 

Marcia Cameron

 

X

 

 

Rezina Chowdhury

 

X

 

 

Malcolm Clark

 

X

 

 

Jo Corry-Roake

 

X

 

 

Fred Cowell

 

X

 

 

Kevin Craig

 

X

 

 

Ed Davie

 

X

 

 

Jon Davies

 

X

 

 

Jim Dickson

 

X

 

 

Ibrahim Dogus*

 

 

 

 

Stephen Donnelly

 

 

 

X

Jacqui Dyer

 

 

 

X

Pete Elliott

 

X

 

 

Peter Ely

 

 

 

X

Paul Gadsby

 

X

 

 

Annie Gallop

 

 

 

X

Adrian Garden

 

X

 

 

Pauline George

 

X

 

 

Nicole Griffiths

 

X

 

 

Nigel Haselden

 

X

 

 

Dr, Mahamed Hashi

 

 

 

X

Claire Holland

 

X

 

 

Jack Hopkins

 

 

 

X

Mohamed Jaser

 

X

 

 

Maria Kay

 

X

 

 

John Kazantzis

 

 

 

X

Ben Kind

 

X

 

 

Jessica Leigh

 

X

 

 

Joshua Lindsey

 

 

 

X

Nanda Manley-Browne

 

X

 

 

Marianna Masters

 

X

 

 

Jackie Meldrum

 

 

 

X

Irfan Mohammed

 

 

 

X

Jennie Mosley

 

X

 

 

Philip Normal

 

X

 

 

Emma Nye

 

X

 

 

Scarlett O’Hara

 

X

 

 

Jane Pickard

 

 

 

X

Joanne Reynolds

 

X

 

 

Mohammed Seedat

 

X

 

 

Iain Simpson

 

 

 

X

Joanne Simpson

 

 

 

X

Becca Thackray

 

X

 

 

Martin Tiedemann

 

X

 

 

Tina Valcarcel

 

 

 

X

Christopher Wellbelove

 

 

 

X

Clair Wilcox

 

X

 

 

Andy Wilson

 

X

 

 

Timothy Windle

 

 

 

X

Sonia Winifred

 

X

 

 

Totals

1

42

0

19

 

*The Mayor did not vote.

 

Amendment 2, the Green Alternative Budget, as proposed by Councillor Jonathan Bartley was put to a recorded vote and defeated. 

 

Councillors recorded their votes on the amendment as follows:

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Absent

Danial Adilypour

 

X

 

 

Scott Ainslie

X

 

 

 

David Amos

 

X

 

 

Donatus Anyanwu

 

 

 

X

Liz Atkins

 

 

 

X

Mary Atkins

 

X

 

 

Jonathan Bartley

X

 

 

 

Matthew Bennett

 

X

 

 

Anna Birley

 

X

 

 

Jennifer Brathwaite

 

 

 

X

Linda Bray

 

X

 

 

Tim Briggs

 

X

 

 

Lucy Caldicott

 

X

 

 

Marcia Cameron

 

X

 

 

Rezina Chowdhury

 

X

 

 

Malcolm Clark

 

X

 

 

Jo Corry-Roake

 

X

 

 

Fred Cowell

 

X

 

 

Kevin Craig

 

X

 

 

Ed Davie

 

X

 

 

Jon Davies

 

X

 

 

Jim Dickson

 

X

 

 

Ibrahim Dogus*

 

 

 

 

Stephen Donnelly

 

 

 

X

Jacqui Dyer

 

 

 

X

Pete Elliott

X

 

 

 

Peter Ely

 

 

 

X

Paul Gadsby

 

X

 

 

Annie Gallop

 

 

 

X

Adrian Garden

 

X

 

 

Pauline George

 

X

 

 

Nicole Griffiths

X

 

 

 

Nigel Haselden

 

X

 

 

Dr, Mahamed Hashi

 

 

 

X

Claire Holland

 

X

 

 

Jack Hopkins

 

 

 

X

Mohamed Jaser

 

X

 

 

Maria Kay

 

X

 

 

John Kazantzis

 

 

 

X

Ben Kind

 

X

 

 

Jessica Leigh

 

X

 

 

Joshua Lindsey

 

 

 

X

Nanda Manley-Browne

 

X

 

 

Marianna Masters

 

X

 

 

Jackie Meldrum

 

 

 

X

Irfan Mohammed

 

 

 

X

Jennie Mosley

 

X

 

 

Philip Normal

 

X

 

 

Emma Nye

 

X

 

 

Scarlett O’Hara

 

X

 

 

Jane Pickard

 

 

 

X

Joanne Reynolds

 

X

 

 

Mohammed Seedat

 

X

 

 

Iain Simpson

 

 

 

X

Joanne Simpson

 

 

 

X

Becca Thackray

X

 

 

 

Martin Tiedemann

 

X

 

 

Tina Valcarcel

 

 

 

X

Christopher Wellbelove

 

 

 

X

Clair Wilcox

 

X

 

 

Andy Wilson

 

X

 

 

Timothy Windle

 

 

 

X

Sonia Winifred

 

X

 

 

Totals

5

38

0

19

 

*The Mayor did not vote.

 

The substantive budget proposals proposed by Councillor Andy Wilson, set out in the report presented and addendum to the agenda, were then put to the vote and were approved.

 

Councillors recorded their votes on the amendment as follows:

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

Absent

Danial Adilypour

X

 

 

 

Scott Ainslie

 

 

X

 

David Amos

X

 

 

 

Donatus Anyanwu

 

 

 

X

Liz Atkins

 

 

 

X

Mary Atkins

X

 

 

 

Jonathan Bartley

 

 

X

 

Matthew Bennett

X

 

 

 

Anna Birley

X

 

 

 

Jennifer Brathwaite

 

 

 

X

Linda Bray

X

 

 

 

Tim Briggs

 

X

 

 

Lucy Caldicott

X

 

 

 

Marcia Cameron

X

 

 

 

Rezina Chowdhury

X

 

 

 

Malcolm Clark

X

 

 

 

Jo Corry-Roake

X

 

 

 

Fred Cowell

X

 

 

 

Kevin Craig

X

 

 

 

Ed Davie

X

 

 

 

Jon Davies

X

 

 

 

Jim Dickson

X

 

 

 

Ibrahim Dogus*

 

 

 

 

Stephen Donnelly

 

 

 

X

Jacqui Dyer

 

 

 

X

Pete Elliott

 

 

X

 

Peter Ely

 

 

 

X

Paul Gadsby

X

 

 

 

Annie Gallop

 

 

 

X

Adrian Garden

X

 

 

 

Pauline George

X

 

 

 

Nicole Griffiths

 

 

X

 

Nigel Haselden

X

 

 

 

Dr, Mahamed Hashi

 

 

 

X

Claire Holland

X

 

 

 

Jack Hopkins

 

 

 

X

Mohamed Jaser

X

 

 

 

Maria Kay

X

 

 

 

John Kazantzis

 

 

 

X

Ben Kind

X

 

 

 

Jessica Leigh

X

 

 

 

Joshua Lindsey

 

 

 

X

Nanda Manley-Browne

X

 

 

 

Marianna Masters

X

 

 

 

Jackie Meldrum

 

 

 

X

Irfan Mohammed

 

 

 

X

Jennie Mosley

X

 

 

 

Philip Normal

X

 

 

 

Emma Nye

X

 

 

 

Scarlett O’Hara

X

 

 

 

Jane Pickard

 

 

 

X

Joanne Reynolds

X

 

 

 

Mohammed Seedat

X

 

 

 

Iain Simpson

 

 

 

X

Joanne Simpson

 

 

 

X

Becca Thackray

 

 

X

 

Martin Tiedemann

X

 

 

 

Tina Valcarcel

 

 

 

X

Christopher Wellbelove

 

 

 

X

Clair Wilcox

X

 

 

 

Andy Wilson

X

 

 

 

Timothy Windle

 

 

 

X

Sonia Winifred

X

 

 

 

Totals

37

1

5

19

 

*The Mayor did not vote.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)          To adopt the General Fund (GF) revenue budget for 2020/21, as set out in the report presented, which, for the avoidance of doubt, includes:

·         The Council Tax model set out in Appendix 2; and

·         The cash limits arising from the above, as set out in paragraph 2.10, a total cash limit of £307.674m.

(2)          To adopt a 1.99% increase in addition to the Government’s 2% Adult Social Care precept increase to the Lambeth element of the Council Tax for 2020/21.

(3)          To adopt the Council Tax Support scheme as set out in Appendix 3.

(4)          To note the proposed increases to fees and charges as set out in Appendix 4.

(5)          To adopt the London Borough’s Grant Scheme budget of £0.244m in paragraph 2.14.

(6)          To adopt the approach to allocating and distributing the Dedicated Schools Grant; Block Funding for Schools, Early Years, High Needs and endorse the list of services to be charged to the Central School Services Block as agreed by Schools Forum as set out in Appendix 5.

(7)          To adopt the Reserves and Balances Strategy detailed in Appendix 1.

(8)          To note the current General Fund budget forecasts for 2019/20 in Section 5.

(9)          To approve £215.4m as the total general fund resources available for capital investment for 2020/21 to 2024/25.

(10)       To note the revised total of £395.9m for the Capital Investment Programme 2019/20 to 2021/22, as described in section 6 and summarised in Appendix 6.

(11)       To delegate to Cabinet the power to increase the Capital Investment Programme 2020/21 to 2024/25 within available resources.

(12)       To adopt the Treasury Management Strategy and the associated prudential indicators, investment thresholds and limits for 2020/21 to 2023/24, as set out in Appendix 9.

(13)       To adopt the Minimum Revenue Provision policy as detailed in Appendix 10.

(14)       To note the formal advice of the Director of Finance, as the Council’s statutory officer for the purposes of s151 of the Local Government Act 1972, pursuant to s25 of the Local Government Act 2003, as set out in section 7 of this report.

(15)       To note the financial risks set out throughout this report.

(16)       To note that, at its meeting of 30 January 2020, Corporate Committee agreed the amount of £174,409,261 as the National Non-Domestic Rates Base (the business rates tax base) and a council tax base of 111,520 for the year 2020/21.

(17)       To note Lambeth’s council tax requirement is £130,430,446 as detailed in Appendix 1.

(18)       To set the 2020/21 Lambeth element of the council tax for band D dwellings at £1,169.57 by dividing the council tax requirement of £130,430,446 by tax base of 111,520.

 

(19)       To set the Lambeth element of council tax applicable to dwellings listed in different valuation bands using the statutory ratios:

Band A

Band B

Band C

Band D

£779.71

£909.67

£1,039.62

£1,169.57

 

 

 

 

Band E

Band F

Band G

Band H

£1,429.47

£1,689.38

£1,949.28

£2,339.14

 

(20)       To note that for the year 2020/21 the Greater London Authority provisional precept:

Band A

Band B

Band C

Band D

£217.95

£254.27

£290.60

£326.92

 

 

 

 

Band E

Band F

Band G

Band H

£399.57

£472.22

£544.87

£653.84

 

(21)       To approve the amounts of total Council Tax for the year 2020/21 for each of the categories of dwellings as shown below:

Band A

Band B

Band C

Band D

£997.66

£1,163.94

1,330.22

£1,496.49

 

 

 

 

Band E

Band F

Band G

Band H

£1,829.04

£2,161.60

£2,494.15

£2,992.98

 

(22)       To delegate authority to the Director of Finance and Property in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance to change the Council Tax amounts set out in recommendation (21) if necessitated by changes to the precept amounts as set out in recommendation (20).

(23)      That any consequential amendments to the Council’s Revenue Budget for 2020/21 be delegated to the S.151 Officer in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, provided these do not impact on the overall General Fund Revenue Budget as approved by Council.

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