Havant Borough Council Cabinet Meeting

Feb. 14, 2024, 5:30 p.m.

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This is a meeting of the Cabinet of Havant Borough Council held on the 14th Feb 2024.

The last meeting of the Cabinet was on the 12th Jun 2024, and the next meeting will be 17th Jul 2024.

Meeting Status

Confirmed

Agenda Published

Yes

Decisions Published

No

Minutes Published

Yes

Meeting Location

Hurstwood Room, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, Hampshire PO9 2AX

Meeting Recordings

We know of no meeting recordings. If you know of one, let us know.

Agenda

Item Title Minutes
1 Apologies for Absence

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Robinson

2 Declarations of Interests

There were no declarations of interests relating to matters on the agenda.

3 Minutes Minutes of Previous Meeting

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 24 January 2024 were approved as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

4 Chairman's Report

Councillor Rennie, the Chairman, had no matters to report.

5 Councillor Questions under Standing Order 9.3.3

There were no questions from Councillors under the provision of Standing Order 9.3.3.

6 Matters referred by Full Council or the Overview & Scrutiny Committee Under Cabinet Standing Order 9.4

There were no matters for Cabinet to consider under the provision of Cabinet Standing Order 9.4.

7 Havant Borough Council Budget 2024/25 Appendix F - Treasury Management Strategy 2425
Appendix G - Investment Strategy 2425
Appendix I - Council Tax resolution HBC 2425
Appendix K - Statement of Robustness 2425
Appendix A Revenue Budget Summary 2024-25
Appendix H - 2024.25 Fees and Charges
Budget Report
Appendix E - Earmarked Reserves 2024-25
Appendix J - Business Rates 2425
Appendix B - MTFS General Fund Summary 24-25 to 28-29
Appendix C - HBC Capital Strategy 2024-25 to 2028-29 v2
Appendix D - HBC Capital Programme 24-25

Councillor Bowdell, as relevant Cabinet Lead, introduced a report setting out the budget for 2024/25.

 

Cabinet discussed the budget and the options available to Cabinet.

 

Following a debate and vote, Cabinet agreed the report’s recommendations for the reasons set out in the submitted report.

 

RESOLVED that Council be RECOMMENDED to:

 

1)         approve the proposed Revenue Budget and Capital Programme for 2024-25 and sets a Council Tax rate of £232.82 at Band D, representing a £6.76 increase on the current charge;

 

2)         approve the Medium-Term Financial Strategy for the period 2024/25 to 2028/29, Capital Strategy, Investment Strategy, Treasury Management Strategy Business Rates 2024/25 and Prudential Indicators;

 

3)         approve the Fees & Charges schedule for 2024-25 subject to the fees and charges for cricket pitches being frozen in line with other pitch charges;

 

4)         approve the Council Tax Resolution, as per Appendix I;

 

5)         approve the application of a Council Tax premium of 100% for all dwellings which are unoccupied but substantially furnished (second homes) with effect from 1st April 2025;

 

6)         approve the drawdown of up to £500,000 from the ringfenced Leisure;

 

7)         approve the drawdown of up to £500,000 from the ringfenced Leisure  Contingency Reserve  to be used to secure the main leisure facilities in Havant Town and Waterlooville.

 

8)         Delegate authority to the Chief Executive Officer, in conjunction with the Section 151 Officer to agree terms with Horizon Leisure Trust in line with the approved drawdown.

 

9)         Note and endorse the Statement of the S151 Officer on the robustness of the budget and the adequacy of the Council's reserves.

8 Council Tax Support Scheme HBC Council Tax Support Scheme 2024-25

Councillor Bowdell, as relevant Cabinet Lead, introduced a report setting out the proposed Council Tax Scheme for 2024/25.

 

Cabinet discussed the report and the options available to Cabinet.

 

Following a question and answer session, debate and vote, Cabinet agreed the report’s recommendations for the reasons set out in the submitted report.

 

RESOLVED that Council be RECOMMENDED to:

 

1)         agree to amend the current scheme so that the allowances and premiums used in determining entitlement for working age claims are uplifted in line with the figures applied by the Department for Works and Pensions, (DWP), for the Housing Benefit Scheme in 2024/25;

 

2)         agree to amend the current scheme so that the non-dependant deductions used in determining entitlement for working age claims are adapted in line with the rates as set by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for non-dependant pension age claims;

 

3)         approve that The Council continues to facilitate a Council Tax Support Hardship Fund;

 

4)         approve the retention of all remaining elements of the current 2023/24 scheme; and

 

5)         approve the necessary amendments being made to the Council Tax Support Scheme document and that it then being published in accordance with Local Government Finance Act 1992 Section 13A(2).

 

9 Coastal environmental & Research Initiatives Coastal Environmental Research Initiatives

Councillor Fairhurst, as relevant Cabinet Lead, introduced a report on the coastal environmental and research initiatives.

 

Cabinet discussed the report and the options available to Cabinet.

 

Following a question and answer session, debate and vote, Cabinet agreed the report’s recommendations for the reasons set out in the submitted report.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1)                  it be noted that Coastal Partners are bidding for up to £1,920,500 of funding across six initiatives for the benefit of the Council and the Southern Coastal Group / SCOPAC; and

 

2)                  authority be delegated to the Executive Head of Coastal Partners, following consultation with the Cabinet Lead for Coastal and the S151 Officer, to implement the six Coastal Environmental & Research Initiatives identified in the submitted report, subject to securing the necessary funding.

Other items:
Item Title Minutes
0 PART 1 (Items open for public attendance)
0 Cabinet Lead for Finance
0 Cabinet Lead for Coastal

Meeting Attendees

Councillor Alex Rennie photo
Chairman
Leader of the Council
Councillor Alex Rennie

Conservative

Present, as expected

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Councillor Andrew Briggs photo
Assistant Cabinet Lead
Assistant Cabinet Lead - Performance, Risk and Service Improvement
Councillor Andrew Briggs

Conservative

Not required

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Councillor Elizabeth Lloyd  (formerly known as Dianne) photo
Committee Member
Cabinet Lead for Planning, Environment and Water Quality
Councillor Elizabeth Lloyd (formerly known as Dianne)

Conservative

Present, as expected

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Councillor Gwen Robinson photo
Deputy Leader of the Council
Deputy Leader of the Council, Cabinet Lead for Communities and Housing
Councillor Gwen Robinson

Conservative

Present, as expected

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Councillor Julie Richardson photo
Assistant Cabinet Lead
Assistant Cabinet Lead - Hayling Island Seafront and Tourism
Councillor Julie Richardson

Conservative

Present, as expected

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Councillor Liz Fairhurst photo
Committee Member
Cabinet Lead for Coastal
Councillor Liz Fairhurst

Conservative

Present, as expected

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Councillor Lulu Bowerman photo
Committee Member
Cabinet Lead for Commercial
Councillor Lulu Bowerman

Conservative

Present, as expected

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Councillor Neil Bowdell photo
Committee Member
Cabinet Lead for Finance
Councillor Neil Bowdell

Conservative

Present, as expected

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Councillor Richard Stone photo
Assistant Cabinet Lead
Assisting Cabinet Lead - Coastal
Councillor Richard Stone

Conservative

Present, as expected

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Secretary
Democratic & Electoral Services Manager
Jenni Harding

None

Expected

Secretary
Democratic Services Officer
Emma Carlyle

None

Expected

Secretary
Lauren Maidens

None

Expected

Public
Spare Copies

None

Expected

Source

This meeting detail is from Havant Borough Council website