Decisions

Decisions published

22/02/2021 - Urgent Decision Notice: Amendment to Housing Rents and Other Charges 2021/22 ref: 3622    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Interim Strategic Director of Regeneration, Housing & Planning

Decision published: 24/02/2021

Effective from: 22/02/2021


28/01/2021 - Express Delegation: In-year change to membership of the Audit and Governance Committee ref: 3620    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Monitoring Officer

Decision published: 24/02/2021

Effective from: 28/01/2021


11/02/2021 - Express Delegation - Procurement of the Architect-led multi-disciplinary consultant team ref: 3619    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director Environment, Housing and Regeneration

Decision published: 17/02/2021

Effective from: 11/02/2021


08/02/2021 - Petition Review: Safer, Active, Greener Streets ref: 3618    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategy and Resources Committee

Made at meeting: 08/02/2021 - Strategy and Resources Committee

Decision published: 16/02/2021

Effective from: 08/02/2021

Decision:

The Chair invited Stephen Gerrard, Interim Monitoring Officer, to present the report.

 

The committee discussed the wording of the petition scheme, the approach taken to refer the petitions to the appropriate committee, and whether or not the petitioners had been disadvantaged.

 

Following debate, Councillor Neil Garratt moved a motion to amend the recommendations such that recommendation 2.1 would be as follows:

 

To note that a petition with more than 1,500 signatures should be debated at full Council, that this petition was not debated at full Council, and that the petitioners were not told that it could be.

 

This was seconded by Councillor James McDermott-Hill. The proposed amendment was put to the vote and fell.

 

Councillor Neil Garratt then moved a motion to amend the recommendations such that recommendation 2.2 would be as follows:

 

To agree that although the petitioners were afforded the opportunity to make their representations to the committee, their representation should have been heard at full Council and therefore the petitioner is entitled to an apology and to a debate at full Council if they so wish.

 

This was seconded by Councillor James McDermott-Hill. Following debate, and with the consent of the seconder, Councillor Neil Garratt withdrew the motion to amend the recommendations.

 

Following debate, Councillor Ruth Dombey moved a motion to amend the recommendations such that recommendation 2.2 would be as follows:

 

To agree that although the petitioners were afforded the opportunity to make their representations to the committee, their representation could have been heard at full Council and therefore the petitioner is entitled to an apology that the constitution is not clearer on this matter.

 

This was seconded by Councillor Mo Saqib. The proposed amendment was put to the vote and carried.

 

RESOLVED:

1.    To note the procedures followed in handling the petitions.

2.    To agree that although the petitioners were afforded the opportunity to make their representations to the committee, their representation could have been heard at full Council and therefore the petitioner is entitled to an apology that the constitution is not clearer on this matter.

3.    To agree that a review of the council’s petitions scheme be undertaken and reported back to the Strategy and Resources Committee following consultation with the Constitutional Working Group.


08/02/2021 - Update on Financial Performance Q3 2020/21 ref: 3617    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategy and Resources Committee

Made at meeting: 08/02/2021 - Strategy and Resources Committee

Decision published: 16/02/2021

Effective from: 08/02/2021

Decision:

The Chair invited Councillor Sunita Gordon, Lead Member for Resources, and Victoria Goddard, Assistant Director of Finance, to present the report.

 

RESOLVED:

1.    To note the revised financial forecast for 2020/21.

2.    To approve the capital budget adjustments set out in Appendix B2.

Lead officer: Victoria Goddard


08/02/2021 - Revenue and Capital Budget 2021/23 ref: 3616    Recommendations Approved

The Council's budget for 2021/22 and Medium Term Financial Plan for 2021/23.

Decision Maker: Strategy and Resources Committee

Made at meeting: 08/02/2021 - Strategy and Resources Committee

Decision published: 16/02/2021

Effective from: 08/02/2021

Decision:

The Chair invited Councillor Sunita Gordon, Lead Member for Resources, and Richard Simpson, Strategic Director of Resources, to present the report. Mr Simpson noted that paragraph 3.1 stated that the council was delivering low carbon heat via the Sutton Decentralised Energy Network (SDEN) as had been forecasted would be the case over the weeks the report had been written in time for the meeting of the committee. He clarified that this was now expected to be the case in the near future.

 

It was noted that, whilst the council’s reserves were within the bottom quartile of London boroughs, the levels were stable and not reducing as might be expected of a council in more significant financial difficulty.

 

The committee discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the council’s finances and what measures the council had taken to ameliorate this. The committee also discussed strategic works at the London Cancer Hub site, the provision of COVID-19 discretionary support grants, and the medium term financial position of the council as compared to the 2020-21 financial year.

 

The committee discussed the financial support provided to the council by central government and how any shortfall would be addressed.

 

It was noted that the following councillors abstained from the vote on the recommendations:

 

·         Councillor Tom Drummond

·         Councillor Tim Foster

·         Councillor Neil Garratt

·         Councillor Catherine Gray

·         Councillor James McDermott-Hill

·         Councillor Param Nandha

 

RESOLVED:

 

To recommend the following to Full Council for consideration on 1 March 2021:

 

1.    To note the progress of Ambitious for Sutton and the priorities for 2021/22 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, set out in section 5.

 

Revenue Budget 2021/22

 

2.    To agree the proposed General Fund Net Budget Requirement of £150.955m summarised at Appendix B.

3.    To approve the Council’s pay policy statement for 2021/22 attached at Appendix C.

4.    To agree the growth items attached at Appendix D.

5.    To agree the 2021/22 savings proposed in Appendix E.

 

Council Tax

 

6.    To agree 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.

7.    To approve the formal resolution at Appendix K, including the Council Tax Requirement of £108.109m.

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

 

Housing Revenue Account

 

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

 

Other

 

10.To approve the Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2021/22 (Appendix G).

11.To approve the Fees and Charges (Appendix H).

 

Capital Programme

 

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

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

 

Reserves

 

14.To agree the policy on reserves as set out in section 22.

 

Treasury Management

 

15.To approve 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.

 

Schools Funding

 

16.To approve the schools funding formula factors in Appendix L.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Miguel Fernandez, Victoria Goddard


11/12/2020 - Award of Contract: Chaucer House Fire Remedial Works ref: 3615    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Strategic Director Environment, Housing and Regeneration

Decision published: 15/02/2021

Effective from: 11/12/2020


05/01/2021 - Demolition Notice - The Prince Regent, 324-346 High Street, Sutton, SM1 1PR ref: 3614    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Head of Building Control

Decision published: 15/02/2021

Effective from: 05/01/2021


27/01/2021 - Demolition Notice - Former Sutton Hospital (see site plan) ref: 3613    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Head of Building Control

Decision published: 15/02/2021

Effective from: 27/01/2021