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Minutes pdf icon PDF 238 KB

To confirm as a true record the Minutes of the meeting held on 20 January 2021.


Declarations of Interest

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


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

Questions must be delivered in writing or by electronic mail to Democratic Services at  no later than Friday, 19 February 2021.



Chairman's Official Announcements pdf icon PDF 184 KB

To receive the Chairman’s official announcements.


Leaders Update Report (20 minutes) pdf icon PDF 243 KB

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


b)             Members questions on the Leaders update report (15 minutes maximum).


Budget and Council Tax Setting 2021-2022 and Future Years Forecasts pdf icon PDF 823 KB



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


(a)           The revised Revenue Budget for the financial year 2020/21 and the Revenue Budget for the financial year 2021/22 as set out in the General Fund Summary (Appendix 1) which includes:


(i)   The establishment of a COVID-19 Fund estimated at £14.2m

(ii)  A Revenue Contribution to Capital of £2.0m

(iii)  A contribution to the Transformation Reserve of £1.0m.


(b)      Any variation arising from the Local Government Finance Settlement 2021/22 or any further savings made in 2020/21 arising at the year-end (after allowing for specific carry forward requests) be transferred to the COVID-19 Fund, Transformation Reserve, Revenue Reserve for Capital 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 1.99% for general purposes in accordance with the referendum threshold for 2021/22 announced by Government (as calculated in Appendix 2)


(d)      That the level of Council Tax be increased by a further 3.0% 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 £2,558,500 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 2021/22 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 £3.5m for 2021/22 and continuing into future years as set out:




Controllable Budget

Savings Proposal




Adult Social Care, Public Health & Housing Needs*




Children's Services, Education & Skills




Community Safety & Digital Transformation




Environment, Heritage & Waste Management




Infrastructure & Transport**




Leader & Strategic Partnerships




Planning & Housing Renewal




Regeneration & Business Development








Grand Total





*Excludes the additional funding passported through to Adult Social Care of £4.4m (which if included would result in an overall increase of 5.4%) and the additional funding for Children's Services, Education & Skills of £1.6m (which if included would result in an overall increase of 4.4%)


** Excludes £19.4m of PFI grant funding, on a Gross expenditure basis the savings amounts to 0.3%


(h)      Directors be instructed to start planning how the Council will achieve the savings requirements of £9.0m for the 3 year period 2022/23 to 2024/25 and that this be incorporated into Service Business  ...  view the full agenda text for item 6.

Additional documents:


Report of the Monitoring Officer


Independent Remuneration Panel - establishment and appointment of members and the Scheme of Members' Allowances for 2021/22 and its review. pdf icon PDF 486 KB

Additional documents:


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


By Councillor Dave Stewart

The fragility of the Isle of Wight’s economy, characterised by low paid and seasonal job opportunities, has been deeply exposed by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic from which it is likely to take many years to recover without significant external intervention and support.  However the Island does have a great strength in its people and communities whose will and determination to succeed is second to none.


Keeping the community safe has and remains an absolute priority.


The council recognises that it does not have the resources to fund the recovery itself but it does have a sound and robust, risk based approach to financial management and a growing strength in its regeneration activities, which will be essential in helping the Island to recover from the pandemic.


Economic recovery is essential to the Islands future


Therefore this council resolves to align its regeneration activities with the strength of the Isle of Wight’s local community to rebuild the Island’s fortunes, support its economic, social and environmental recovery and to work closely with government and the Local Enterprise Partnership to secure levelling up funding and support from the UK prosperity fund as part of the national recovery from the pandemic.



Member Question Time of the Leader (30 minutes)

To receive a reply to a question asked during questions to the Leader, a question must be submitted in writing or by electronic mail to Democratic Services no later than 5pm on Thursday, 18 February 2021 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.