The Leader presented the report of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 16 January 2020
1. Tax Base Calculation (Minute 120)
The Leader MOVED seconded by Councillor A White:
THAT the recommendations of the Cabinet as set out in Minute 120 be ADOPTED.
Upon a vote being taking, the MOTION was declared to have been CARRIED.
2. Corporate Plan (Minute 122)
The Leader MOVED seconded by Councillor Mrs N Woollatt:
THAT the recommendations of the Cabinet as set out in Minute 122 be ADOPTED.
Councillor R L Stanley MOVED AN AMENDMENT seconded by Councillor R J Chesterton:
Page 69 bullet point 4 within the Homes section to remove the wording “Lobby to see the abolition of the Right to Buy or…..” and replace with the following: “Lobby for the devolvement of discounting powers to individual local housing authorities”.
Following discussion and upon a vote being taken, the AMENDMENT was declared to have FAILED.
Upon a vote being taking, the original MOTION was declared to have been CARRIED.
Arising from a report of the Group Manager for Revenues and Benefits, the Community Policy Development Group had recommended that:
a) The Council Tax Reduction (banded) scheme be adopted; and
b) The updated Exceptional Hardship Policy (revised) be adopted.
The Cabinet Member for Finance outlined the contents of the report stating that the Council Tax Reduction Scheme also known as Council Tax Support was introduced in April 2013 and had replaced the national Council Tax Benefit Scheme, with a 10% funding reduction he highlighted the different schemes for working age customers and those that received a pension. He made reference to funding streams, the roll out of universal credit and the hardship scheme available.
Consideration was given to:
· The Hardship Policy and how it was made available
· Enforcement responsibilities
RESOLVED that the recommendation from the Policy Development Group be approved.
(Proposed by Cllr A White and seconded by Cllr L D Taylor)
Note: *Report previously circulated, copy attached to minutes.