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Apologies for absence was received from Councillors Buswell, Foggin, Moore J., Owen and Quance.
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No questions from the public were received.
To pass the following resolution:-
(1) That the following, as submitted in the Estimates Book, be approved:-
(a) the Revenue estimates for 2020-2021;
(b) the Capital programme for 2020-2021;
(c) the Treasury Management Strategy for 2020-21
(d) the Prudential indicators for 2020-21 (incorporating the Minimum Revenue Provision Statement
(e) the Capital Strategy for 2020-21
(2) that it be noted that, at the meeting of the Executive on the 14 January 2020, the Council calculated the figure of 37,348, as its council tax base for the year 2020-2021 in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012 made under Section 33(5) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992;
(3) that the following amounts be now calculated by the Council for the year 2020-2021 in accordance with Sections 31A of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992:-
(a) £113,195,600 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) £107,218,053 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) £5,977,547 being the amount by which the aggregate at (3)(a) above exceeds the aggregate at (3)(b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31A(4) of the Act, as its council tax requirement for the year;
(d) £160.05 being the amount at (3)(c) above divided by the amount at 2 above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 31B(1) of the Act, as the basic amount of its council tax for the year;
(e) Valuation Bands
Being the amount given by multiplying the amount at (3)(d) above by the number which, in the proportion set out in Section 5(1) of the Act, is applicable to dwellings listed in a particular valuation band divided by the number which in that proportion is applicable to dwellings listed in valuation band D, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 36(1) of the Act, as the amounts to be taken into account for the year in respect of categories of dwellings listed in different valuation bands.
(4) That it will be noted that, for the year 2020-2021, Devon County Council, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall and the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority have stated the following amounts on precepts issued to the Council, in accordance with Section 83 of the Local Government Act 2003, for each of the categories of the dwellings shown below:-
Devon County Council
Devon County Council - Adult Social Care
Minute 10 (2020/21 Council Tax Base and NNDR1) of the meeting of Executive held on 14 January 2020 was taken as read and adopted.
The Leader moved, and Councillor Sutton seconded, the resolution as set out in the agenda and circulated papers in respect of the Council Tax for 2020/21 – budget and fees and charges attached.
The Leader, in presenting his budget speech, highlighted the following:-
· the proposed balanced budget for 2020/21 would protect and maintain services as well as maintaining the City Council’s General Fund working balance, although there was a need to find further savings of nearly a third of the budget representing a reduction of £3.7 million over the following three years;
· the Council had been awarded a further £2.490 million in New Homes Bonus (NHB) taking the total earned to over £25 million and had generated £2.5 million more in Business Rates Growth than the Government believed was needed to provide vital services in Exeter. However, the NHB was being withdrawn by the Government and the Business Rates Retention Scheme was being overhauled which would mean a loss in financial benefits from 2021/22 onwards;
· a key goal was managing the climate emergency and delivering a carbon neutral Exeter by 2030. Over 23 energy savings projects had been delivered including the Water Lane Smart Grid and Storage Project supporting electrification of the Council's operational fleet with battery storage located at the Livestock Centre, Mary Arches Street and John Lewis Car Park;
· a significant reduction in the Council’s base load energy consumption had been achieved with carbon emissions cut by 29%, energy consumption dropped by 37% and a 34% reduction in the carbon emissions of the Council’s fleet after the introduction of electric vehicles and pool cars;
· following an extensive community engagement process, an Exeter Grants Programme had been launched with an annual budget of around £1 million;
· significant progress had been made with Wellbeing Exeter with the Exeter Live Better and Move More Physical Activity Strategy launched in July 2019 and linked to work with Sport England who had provided £2,435,408 to date;
· the Liveable Exeter (Garden City) Programme aimed to deliver 12,000 new homes and neighbourhood’s for the city and its residents, while also supporting the need for a more sustainable and active city to assist in meeting the Council’s aspirations to make Exeter a carbon neutral city by 2030;
· there were plans for the development of a Community Sports Village at the Exeter Arena and work was being undertaken with Wonford residents and health care providers and other stakeholders to create a new health and wellbeing centre;
· the St Sidwell’s Point Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre and Bus Station were progressing well;
· significant progress had been made in the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) development programme during 2019 and a firm delivery schedule of 100 properties established as part of a wider 500 programme;
· the HRA medium term financial plan provided for a capital investment of £13.894 million for improvements ... view the full minutes text for item 8.