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Agenda and decisions

Venue: Pittville Room - Municipal Offices. View directions

Contact: Beverly Thomas, Democracy Officer 

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Declarations of interest


Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 22 January 2019


Public and Member Questions and Petitions

These must be received no later than 12 noon on the fourth working day before the date of the meeting


Review of Hackney Carriage Fares pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member Development and Safety

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1. the revised methodology and proposed maximum fare increase for hackney carriages be approved; and

2. authority be delegated to the Licensing Team Leader to carry out the necessary advertising requirements to comply with section 65 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976; and

3. Subject to there being no substantive amendments being made following consultation, authority be delegated to the Director of Environment to adopt the proposed fares.


Housing Options: Flexible Homelessness Support Grant and New Burdens Funding pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member Housing

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1.    the transfer to Cheltenham Borough Homes’ Housing Options Service the sum of £196,577 be approved; this being part of the MHCLG’s New Burdens Funding and Flexible Homelessness Support Grant funding allocation to the council for 2019/20. 

2.    It be noted that the indicative expenditures detailed within Appendix 2 of the report may need to be flexible, depending upon demands of the service. The authority to make any changes to these spending plans is delegated to the Lead Commissioner – Housing Services, in consultation with Cabinet Member – Housing.



Budget Monitoring Report 2018/19-Position as at December 2018 pdf icon PDF 143 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member Finance

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the contents of this report including the key projected variances to the 2018/19 budget and the expected delivery of services within budget be noted/

Council be recommended to approve the budget virements to the 2018/19 budget, as part of the revised budget 2018/19, as detailed in Appendix 4.




Local Discretionary Business Rates Relief Schemes pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member Finance

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1.    a business rates retail discount scheme for 2019/20 and 2020/21 be approved in line with Government funding, detailed guidance in appendix 3

2.    the local discretionary revaluation support scheme for 2019/20 and 2020/21 be approved in accordance with section 3 of this report and appendix 2

3.    the Executive Director Finance and Assets, in consultation with the Cabinet Member Finance, be authorised to set the percentage relief level for local revaluation support in respect of 2019/20 and 2020/21 as detailed in section 3.5 of this report.

4.    the continuation of the Supporting Small Businesses Relief Scheme be approved until the scheme is ended in accordance with the Government guidance and appendix 2

5.    Due to the volume of cases, decisions relating to the application of these reliefs be delegated to the Head of Revenues and Benefits and officers in the Business Rates team. In the case of a dispute reconsideration is to be made by the Executive Director Finance and Assets.


Final General Fund Revenue and Capital Budget Proposals 2019/20 (Including Section 25) pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member Finance - Appendices 2-10 TO FOLLOW

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RESOLVED THAT it be recommended to Council to :


1.    Approve the revised budget for 2018/19.

2.    Consider the budget assessment by the Section 151 Officer at Appendix 2 in agreeing the following recommendations.

3.    Approve the final budget proposals including a proposed council tax for the services provided by Cheltenham Borough Council of £209.08 for the year 2019/20 (an increase of 2.99% or £6.07 a year for a Band D property), as detailed in paragraphs 4.18 to 4.23.

4.    Approve the growth proposals, including one off initiatives at Appendix 4.

5.    Approve the savings / additional income totalling £1,677,600 and the budget strategy at Appendix 5.

6.    Approve the use of reserves and general balances and note the projected level of reserves, as detailed at Appendix 6.

7.    Note that the Council will remain in the Gloucestershire business rates pool for 2019/20 (paragraphs 4.5 to 4.17).

8.    Approve the recommendations made by the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP), as detailed in paragraph 5.14.

9.    Approve the Pay Policy Statement for 2019/20, including the continued payment of a living wage supplement at Appendix 9.

10.  Approve the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) detailed in Section 5 and Appendix 10.

11.  Approve a level of supplementary estimate of £100,000 for 2019/20 as outlined in Section 13.


Final Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget Proposals 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member Finance

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RESOLVED THAT it be recommended to Council to :


1.    Note the revised HRA forecast for 2018/19.

2.    Approve the HRA budget proposals for 2019/20 (shown at Appendix 2) including a proposed rent decrease of 1% and changes to other rents and charges as detailed within the report.

3.    Approve the proposed HRA capital programme for 2019/20 as shown at Appendix 3.


Briefing from Cabinet Members


Local Government Act 1972 - Exempt Business

The Cabinet is recommended to approve the following resolution:-


“That in accordance with Section 100A(4) Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the remaining agenda items as it is likely that, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, if members of the public are present there will be disclosed to them exempt information as defined in paragraph 3, Part (1) Schedule (12A) Local Government Act 1972, namely:


Paragraph 3; Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular

person (including the authority holding that information)


A Property Matter

Report of the Cabinet Member Development and Safety- ITEM DEFERRED