Venue: Virtual meeting
Contact: Alexa Coates, Head of Committee and Management Support
Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email: email@example.com
Welcome and introductions
The Chair, Councillor Ruth Dombey, welcomed
Apologies for absence
There were no
apologies for absence.
Declarations of interest
There were no declarations of interest.
Minutes PDF 77 KB
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 6
RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting held on 6 July be
agreed as an accurate record.
Any urgent business
To consider any
items which, in the view of the Chair, should be dealt with as a
matter of urgency because of special circumstances (in
accordance with S100B(4) of the Local
Government Act 1972).
The Chair had requested an update item on the
progress of the Safer, Active Greener, Streets programme which
would be taken at the end of the agenda.
Update on the Council's Response to COVID-19 PDF 306 KB
In this extraordinary public health situation,
we remain Ambitious for Sutton, and are working to support
vulnerable residents, businesses, NHS and other partners, and
planning for recovery across the borough.
The Chief Executive introduced the report.
Officers updated members on the current incident rates, the
outbreak control plan and the reopening of schools.
Members thanked staff for their response to
the crisis, particularly in terms of keeping services operating.
Members discussed business recovery and the impact of the
‘rule of six’; the planning for a potential second
lockdown; the impact on homelessness; testing in schools and
services offered to schools by Cognus.
Officers advised that in relation to support
for business the impact was being monitored and officers were
considering how the ‘rule of six’ might affect how
people use the high street. The exact number of small businesses
operating in the borough was unknown, officers were working to
identify any remaining businesses eligible for funding and the
government had confirmed any funding that was unspent could not be
retained by the Council but needed to be returned to the Treasury.
Consideration was being given to a potential second lockdown by way
of Sutton’s local outbreak plan. In relation to homelessness
government measures had impacted on the level of anticipated
evictions and the Homelessness Strategy would be reviewed at the
Housing Economy and Business Committee in October. A range of
support was available in terms of educational psychology, the
support provided through Education, Health and Care Plan
(EHCP)s was provided without charge.
RESOLVED: That the actions in the
report be noted and endorsed.
Update on Medium Term Financial Plan 2021/23 PDF 303 KB
This report provides an updated forecast
position for 2020/21 and sets out the likely impact on future
budgets that will need to be mitigated as we update our Medium Term
Financial Plan over the next six months.
The Strategic Director of Resources introduced
Members discussed the Investment Income
Portfolio (IPP); the implication of any savings targets being
missed for 2019/20; the impact of COVID-19 expenditure and how to
seek to influence the government in relation to the budget gap.
Officers advised that the pandemic was having
an impact on the office rental market and therefore the IPP. Some
savings had been reprofiled as a result
of the pandemic and officers were working to achieve those savings
as quickly as possible.
- That the revised financial forecast
for 2020/21, including the use of £2m of Council funding to
partially mitigate the in year
overspend, be noted.
- That the capital budget adjustments
as set out in Appendix B2 be approved.
- That an advanced payment from the
Housing Revenue Account of Management fee of up to £600k to
Sutton Housing Partnership to fund the transition costs of the
Repairs service, be approved.
- That the revised financial forecast
for the Medium Term Financial Plan and forecast budget gap of
£12m - £20m be noted, to be addressed for 2021/23.
Safer, Active, Greener Streets progress update
The Chair invited the Chair of the Environment
and Neighbourhood committee to provide an update on the Safer,
Active, Greener Streets programme which had been considered at the
previous meeting. The Chief Executive apologised to all Councillors
for mistakes in the process of implementing the schemes and how
they were communicated.
Members discussed: the implementation of
schemes, how the success of schemes were monitored and reviewed,
the communication around the
implementation of schemes and how far schemes could be amended or
removed. The item would be considered in more detail at the
Environment and Neighbourhood committee scheduled for 1