Agenda

Full Council - Wednesday, 28th February, 2024 5.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Newport, Isle of WIght

Contact: Marie Bartlett  Email: democratic.services@iow.gov.uk

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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To confirm as a true record the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 January 2024.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To invite Members to declare any interest they might have in the matters on the agenda.

 

Please note that the Monitoring Officer on 21 January 2022 granted all councillors a four year full dispensation under section 33 (2) of the Localism Act 2011 to remain in the meeting room and to speak and to vote on the budget including setting the council tax or a precept under the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 (or any subsequent legislation), notwithstanding the existence of any disclosable pecuniary interest(s). For clarity this dispensation relates to disclosable pecuniary interests only and does not affect a councillor’s obligation under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 to declare and not vote if they are two months or more in arrears with their council tax at the time of the meeting on setting the council’ budget.

3.

Public Question Time - Maximum 15 Minutes for Written Questions and 15 Minutes for Oral Questions

Questions may be asked without notice but to guarantee a full reply at the meeting, a question must be put including the name and address of the questioner by delivery in writing or by electronic mail to Democratic Services at democratic.services@iow.gov.uk, no later than two clear working days before the start of the meeting. Normally, Full Council is held on a Wednesday, therefore the deadline for written questions will be Friday, 23 February 2024.

4.

Chairman's Official Announcements

To receive the Chairman’s official announcements.

5.

Leaders Update Report (20 minutes) pdf icon PDF 104 KB

a)              To receive the Leader’s update report (5 minutes maximum).

 

b)              Members questions on the Leader’s update report (15 minutes maximum).

6.

Report of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing and Finance

6a

Council Tax Premiums on Second Homes and Empty Properties pdf icon PDF 197 KB

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7.

Budget and Council Tax Setting 2024-2025 and Future Years' Forecasts pdf icon PDF 376 KB

1.          It is recommended that the Council approve the following:

 

(a)    The revised Revenue Budget for the financial year 2023/24 and the Revenue Budget for the financial year 2024/25 as set out in the General Fund Summary (Appendix 1) which includes:

(i)      Additional spending in Adult Social Care of £6.3m and Children's Services of £5.0m

(ii)    A Covid Contingency of £5m

(iii)   No Revenue Contribution to Capital in 2023/24 or 2024/25

(b)    Any variation arising from the Local Government Finance Settlement 2024/25or any further savings made in 2023/24 arising at the year-end (after allowing for specific carry forward requests) be transferred to the Revenue Reserve for Capital, Transformation Reserve, and General Reserves with the level of each transfer to be determined by the S.151 Officer.

(c)    That the level of Council Tax be increased by 2.99% for general purposes in accordance with the referendum threshold[1] for 2024/25 announced by Government (as calculated in Appendix 2)

(d)    That the level of Council Tax be increased by a further 2.0% beyond the referendum threshold (as calculated in Appendix 2) to take advantage of the flexibility offered by Government to implement a "Social Care Precept"; and that in accordance with the conditions of that flexibility, the full amount of the associated sum generated of £1,977,705 is passported direct to Adult Social Care

(e)    That the amounts set out in Appendix 2 be now calculated by the Council for the financial year 2024/25 in accordance with Section 31 and Sections 34 to 36 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992

(f)     The S.151 Officer be given delegated authority to implement any variation to the overall level of Council Tax arising from the final notification of the Hampshire Police & Crime Commissioner, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Authority and Parish and Town Council precepts, and amend the calculations set out in Appendix 2 accordingly

(g)    The savings proposals for each Portfolio amounting, in total, to £2.75m for 2024/25and continuing into future years as set out on the next page:

 

Portfolio

Controllable Budget

Savings Proposal

 

£

£

%

 

Adult Social Care & Public Health*

57,782,000

919,900

1.6%

 

Children's Services, Education & Corporate Functions*

41,238,000

207,000

0.5%

 

Climate Change, Biosphere & Waste

6,777,000

68,000

1.0%

 

Deputy Leader - Housing & Finance

8,292,000

107,100

1.3%

 

Economy, Regeneration, Culture & Leisure

3,052,000

24,000

0.8%

 

Leader - Transport Infrastructure, Highways PFI and Transport Strategy, Strategic Oversight and External Partnerships**

13,658,000

1,167,000

8.5%

 

Planning, Coastal Protection & Flooding

2,361,000

0

0.0%

 

Regulatory Services, Community Protection & ICT

11,340,000

257,000

2.3%

 

Grand Total

144,500,000

2,750,000

1.9%

 

* Excludes the additional funding passported through to Adult Social Care of £6.3m (which if included would result in an overall increase of 9.4%) and the additional funding for Children's Services, Education & Lifelong Skills of £5.0m (which if included would result in an overall increase of 15.3%)

 

** Excludes £19.4m of PFI grant funding, on a gross expenditure basis the saving amounts to 3.5%

 

(h)       Directors be instructed to start planning how the Council will achieve the savings requirements of  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

Additional documents:

8.

Report of the Deputy Monitoring Officer

8a

Appointment of Independent Remuneration Panel Member pdf icon PDF 107 KB

8b

Appointment - Local Pension Board pdf icon PDF 109 KB

9.

Report of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing and Finance

9a

Discretionary Rate Relief Policy pdf icon PDF 334 KB

Additional documents:

10.

Report of the Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Corporate Functions

10a

Pay Policy pdf icon PDF 136 KB

Additional documents:

11.

Motions Submitted under Part 4, Procedure Rule 9 of the Council's Constitution

11a

By Councillor M Lilley

Stop Sewage Being Released in the Sea around and from the Isle of Wight!

 

IW council resolves to acknowledge that the volume of sewage ending up in our waters is unexceptable. From March 2022 to March 2023 there were 16787 hours when sewage was discharged into our waters. In October to November 2023 there was a single duration event of raw sewage release lasting 681 hours at Sandown.

 

IW council resolves to ensure that any solutions or programs put forward to help solve sewage pollution are adopted and installed without unnecessary barriers.

 

IW council resolves to work with all interested parties and organisations to implement sustainable urban drainage at every opportunity. For horizontal integration of sustainable urban drainage  to be placed in all ongoing development across the Isle of Wight.

 

IW Council resolves to work with all stakeholders ensuring that sewage releases into the sea surrounding the Isle of Wight are zero by 2030.

 

11b

By Councillor J Lever

Under Part 4B(8) – Notice to rescind decision

That the decision made by Full Council on 17 January 2024 to discontinue the current exceptional hardship policy be rescinded.

The Exceptional Hardship Fund (EHF) is an integral part of the Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) scheme that provides additional financial relief for LCTS claimants facing ‘exceptional hardship’. A decision which included discontinuing this aspect of the Local Council Tax Support scheme was made by full council on 17th January 2023.

  

This council notes that:

·       The cost of living crisis has had a devastating impact on individuals and households, many of which are facing unprecedented financial pressures.

·       From April 2023 and as of December 2023, 150 Islanders were successful in their application for the EHF.

·       This equates to £44,292 of a total £50,000 fund; the Council is expected to exceed that fund total by the end of this financial year, as it did the last financial year.

·       The number of successful EHF applicants and total EHF funds paid out have been increasing every year since the fund started in the 2016/17 financial year, clearly demonstrating there is a growing need for this fund.

·       Discontinuing the EHF without a direct and suitable alternative would likely have adverse financial impacts on a growing number of Islanders that would have otherwise needed it. As a result the potential increases for negative health consequences for individuals and thus – unnecessarily – having wider reaching impacts on services, like our NHS.

·       The decision to discontinue the EHF will result in an increased financial burden to the Isle of Wight Council should the Council use a suggestable alternative to the EHF, such as the Council Tax Discretionary Reductions (CDTR) scheme, as the costs of alternate schemes are not spread across preceptors but wholly that of the Isle of Wight Council.

·       This motion does not seek to rescind the part of the previously made decision by full council that would see an uplift in the LCTS from 70% to 75%. 

Council therefore resolves to:

That the decision made by Full Council on 17 January 2024 to discontinue the current exceptional hardship policy be rescinded.

12.

Member Questions to the Leader and to any other Cabinet Member (30 minutes)

To receive a reply to a question asked during Members’ Question Time to the Leader or Cabinet Member, a question must be submitted in writing or by electronic mail to Democratic Services no later than 5pm on Thursday, 22 February 2024. A question may be asked at the meeting without prior notice but in these circumstances there is no guarantee that a full reply will be given at the meeting.