Agenda and minutes

Budget Council, Council
Monday, 25th February, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Overton Grange School, Stanley Road, Sutton, SM2 6TQ

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 470 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 28 January 2019.


The minutes of the meeting held on 28 January 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.


Mayor's Announcements


The Mayor welcomed everyone to the meeting. Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors: Marlene Heron, Ali Mirhashem and Ryan Stoneman.


The Mayor made the following announcements:


The Mayor had attended numerous events across the borough and throughout London, which had included:  The Jack Petchey Awards, Sutton Green Café opening, The UK Asian Curry Awards, the Sutton Community Awards, Sutton Christmas Lights Switch On, Tri-borough Police Commendation Awards and the Sutton Wind Orchestra concert at All Saints.  Plus the Wallington Christmas Festival, Carshalton Frost Fair, Sutton Music Festival, attending the switching-on of the Oslo tree lights in Trafalgar Square, the Banstead Yulefest, Sutton Air cadets review, several London Mayoral Association events and was invited to the Hong Kong Trade delegation Chinese New Year celebration.


He had also attended Holocaust memorial Services at City Hall and Sutton Grammar School and several citizenship ceremonies.


The Mayor sent best wishes to former Cllr Melican who had recently resigned due to ill health. The Mayor announced the passing of former Councillor Alan Salter and announced that he had attended the funeral of late former Councillor Janet Lowne at All Saints Benhilton Church.


Declarations of Interest

Councillors to declare any personal or prejudicial interests that they have on matters to be discussed at this evening’s Council meeting.


There were no declarations of interest.


Answers to Questions pdf icon PDF 138 KB

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Questions from Members of the Public pdf icon PDF 73 KB


There were six questions from six members of the public; the supplementary questions and answers are set out at Appendix A to the minutes. A procedural motion was moved, seconded and duly carried to allow the time limit for public questions to be extended and all questions to be taken.


Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 83 KB


There were twenty three questions from eleven councillors, the supplementary questions and answers are set out at Appendix B to the minutes.



To receive any petitions which will either be dealt with at this Council meeting or stand referred for consideration by appropriate Committees of the Council.


Councillor Shields submitted a petition on behalf of residents relating to parking strategy consultation, the Chief Executive advised that the petition would be referred to the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee.


Committee Recommendations and Notices of Motion pdf icon PDF 57 KB

To receive and consider the following notices of motion and recommendations of Committees.

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Commissioning & Financial Planning 2019-20 to 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 548 KB

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Councillor Sunita Gordon, Lead Member for Resources moved the updated recommendation.


Following debate, and in accordance with government regulations, a recorded vote was taken on the updated recommendation (see below):




That the recommendations from Strategy and Resources Committee and the attached revised Appendix G3 (table), Appendix H (Part 2: Appendix A - Allowances: Rates), and Appendix K (paragraph 2 ii).be agreed as follows:



Commissioning Intentions


  1. Agree the Outcomes Based Commissioning Plan at Appendix A;


Revenue Budget 2019/20


2.            Agree the proposed General Fund Net Budget Requirement of £144.178m summarised at Appendix B;


3.            Agree the base budget changes set out in section 12 and summarised in Appendix C;


4.            Approve the Council’s pay policy statement for 2019/20 in Appendix D;


5.            Agree growth items proposed in Appendix E;


6.            Agree the 2019/20 savings proposed in Appendix F;




7.            Note the rent reduction of 1% as mandated by Government and agree the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) budget 2019/20 including the proposed savings (Appendices G1, G2, and G3 which is revised);




8.            Approve the Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2019/20 (Appendix H - revised).


Capital Programme


9.            Approve the new Capital Strategy (Appendix I1) including the detailed Capital Programme (Appendix I2) for 2019/20 to 2022/23 with a total spend of £163.362m, including the proposed funding arrangements and policies.


10.         Authorise expenditure to be incurred of £7.944m for the 2019/20 planned works to Council dwellings (Appendix I3) and £0.759m for Expenditure on Corporate Operational Buildings (Appendix I4);




11.         Agree the policy on reserves as set out in section 12;


Treasury Management


12.         Approve the Treasury Management Strategy 2019/20 including the Annual Investment Strategy, prudential indicators, Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) policy and borrowing limits as set out in Appendix J;


Council Tax


13.         Agree the Sutton element of the 2019/20 Council Tax £1,373.81 for a Band D property, an increase of £26.17 (2.00%) for the Adult Social Care Precept and £39.12 (2.99%) for the general increase;


14.         Approve the formal resolution at Appendix K (revised), including the Council Tax Requirement of £100.626m;


15.         Note the proposed GLA precept of £320.51, increased from £294.23 in 2018/19 (an increase of 51p a week);


In accordance with standing order 27.6, as the recommendation of the Strategy and Resources Committee had been amended, the Leader of the Council confirmed she had no objection to resolution.


Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
Commissioning & Financial Planning 2019-20 to 2022-23 Committee Report Agreed
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  • 37.

    Closure Motion


    Councillor Ruth Dombey, moved the closure motion which was seconded by Councillor Jayne McCoy.




    That, in accordance with Standing Order 12.8, all items remaining to be dealt with at this Council meeting be approved or noted as set out in their recommendations, subject to the leaders of the opposition groups being able to express dissent on them.


    The following items were adopted or noted, without dissent:


    ·         Treasury Management Quarterly Report

    ·         Appointment of Head of Paid Service and Interim Section 151 Officer.