Agenda and minutes

Budget Council, Council
Monday, 1st March, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

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No. Item


Confirmation of the Minutes of the Council meeting held on 11 January 2021




1.    That the minutes of the meeting 11 January 2021 be agreed.


Mayor's Announcements



The Mayor received apologies for absence from Councillor Elliot Colburn and apologies for lateness from Councillor Amy Haldane.


The Mayor asked Dr Imran Choudhury, Strategic Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, to provide a brief update on the COVID-19 situation in the borough. The Mayor and Dr Choudhury encouraged councillors to help share the ‘hands, face, space’ message.


The Mayor announced that as the third national lockdown since the pandemic began was being endured, she, like most people, had stayed at home. She had, however, remained connected with organisations within the community and attended many online events. The Mayor announced she would, with the Deputy Mayor, continue to support as many voluntary groups as possible in the community by visiting them when safe to do so.


The Mayor thanked all the London Borough of Sutton staff and partners, including the volunteers, who had provided support to the COVID-19 response over the last year. The Mayor noted that staff and volunteers had established the Community Hub at short notice and had been involved in contact tracing and the vaccination programme, and commended them for these efforts.


The Mayor confirmed her Charity Fundraising Committee continued to work hard to come up with innovative ideas of fundraising for both of the Mayor’s chosen charities: Home-Start Sutton; and the Sutton Mental Health Foundation. A virtual Mayoral quiz in association with the Highfield Residents’ Association had been held on 5 February 2021, with over 30 teams participating and more than £600 raised for the Mayor’s chosen charities.


The Mayor announced that Heather Shaw, former Chair of Sutton Neighbourhood Watch, had passed away following a recent accident. Whilst Chair of Sutton’s Neighbourhood Watch, Ms Shaw had been the driving force behind the Neighbourhood Watch and had travelled all over the borough to events and forums to raise awareness which had made Sutton’s Neighbourhood Watch one of the largest and most successful in the country.


A one minute silence was held in respect of Heather Shaw.


The Deputy Mayor provided an update on the Garden of Reflection, which was to be constructed on the land opposite St Helier Hospital, noting that work was progressing and that mature planting had been marked out to create an area for peaceful reflection. The Deputy Mayor advised Council that the Garden of Reflection would be a space where residents, hospital patients and their families, and those working in the borough would be able to reflect and contemplate on a safer future.


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.


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Questions from Members of the Public pdf icon PDF 51 KB


There were two questions from four members of the public. Supplementary questions and answers are set out as an appendix to the minutes.



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There were 13 questions from six councillors. Supplementary questions and answers are set out as an appendix to the minutes.


The meeting was adjourned at 20.22 and reconvened at 20.28.



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.


There were no petitions.


Committee Recommendations and Notices of Motion

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


Revenue and Capital Budget 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

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


1.    the progress of Ambitious for Sutton and the priorities for 2021/22 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, set out in section 5 (of the report) be noted.


Revenue Budget 2021/22


2.    the proposed General Fund Net Budget Requirement of £150.254m summarised at Appendix B (of the report) be agreed.


3.    the Council’s pay policy statement for 2021/22 attached at Appendix C (of the report) be agreed.


4.    the growth items attached at Appendix D (of the report) be agreed.


5.    the 2021/22 savings proposed in Appendix E (of the report) be agreed.


Council Tax


6.    the Sutton element of the 2021/22 Council Tax £1,492.90 for a Band D property, an increase of £21.43 (1.5%) for the general increase, and £42.85 (3.0%) for the Adult Social Care Precept be agreed.


7.    the formal resolution at Appendix K (of the report), including the Council Tax Requirement of £108.109m be agreed.


8.    the proposed GLA precept of £363.66, increased from £332.07 in 2020/21 (an increase of 9.5% or 61p a week), as agreed by the London Assembly on 25 February 2021 be noted.


Housing Revenue Account


9.    the rent increase of CPI + 1% and agree the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) budget 2021/22 including the proposed savings (Appendices F1 - F2 of the report) be noted.




10.the Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2021/22 (Appendix G of the report) be agreed.


11.the Fees and Charges (Appendix H of the report) be agreed.


Capital Programme


12.the new Capital Strategy (Appendix I1 of the report) including the detailed Capital Programme (Appendix I2 of the report) for 2021/22 to 2024/25 with a total spend of £194.431m, including the proposed funding arrangements and policies be agreed.


13.the expenditure to be incurred of £19.482m for the 2021/22 planned works to Council dwellings (Appendix I3 of the report) and £0.762m annual allocation for Expenditure on Corporate Operational Buildings (Appendix I4 of the report) be authorised.




14.the policy on reserves as set out in section 22 of the report be agreed.


Treasury Management


15.the Treasury Management Strategy 2021/22 including the Annual Investment Strategy, prudential indicators, Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) policy and borrowing limits as set out in Appendix J of the report be agreed.


Schools Funding


16.the schools funding formula factors in Appendix L of the report be agreed.


Note: references to sections and appendices refer to those of the report agreed by the Strategy and Resources Committee on 8 February 2021.




Recorded Vote
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Revenue and Capital Budget 2021-22 Committee Report

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