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Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Substitutes

To receive details of any Member nominated to attend the meeting in place of a Member of the Committee.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

3.

Public Representations

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, with each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Committee.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Of the meeting held on 25th January 2021 to be approved and signed.

5.

Draft Budget 2021/22 and Draft Medium Term Financial Plan 2021-2026 - Consultation With Policy Committees pdf icon PDF 206 KB

That the Committee consider the proposed amendments to the draft budget for the Council for the financial year 2021/22 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2021-2026. (Report to follow)

6.

Proposed Budget 2021/22 And Medium Term Financial Plan 2021/22 - 2025/26 pdf icon PDF 413 KB

1.     That the Committee endorses the proposed Budget and Council Tax for 2021/22 and the proposed Medium Term Financial Plan for the next five year period 2021/22 – 2025/26, and recommends them to Full Council on 23 February 2021 including the following resolutions:

a.  That the Budget Requirement for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) 2021/22 be set at £11.975m;

b.  That the Council Tax Requirement for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) 2021/22 be set at £6.292m; and

c.  That the Band D Council Tax for Worcester City Council (excluding Parish Precepts) be set at £195.88;

2.     That the Committee approves the Treasury Management Strategy at Appendix 5 including the MRP policy statement and the prudential indicators set out in the Strategy;(Appendix 5 to follow)

 

3.     That the Committee approves the transfer of £712,000 from the Risk reserves to the 2021/22 revenue budget to mitigate the estimated loss of income due to the pandemic and to transfer a further £305,000 to the City Plan Fund to eliminate the deficit in its funding; and

 

4.     That the Committee considers the proposals brought forward by the Policy Committees during January 2021 and includes those approved in the recommendations to Full Council.

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7.

Fees and Charges 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 191 KB

1.   That the Committee receives the report of the review of Fees and Charges for 2021/22 from the Income Generation Sub-committee and recommends its approval to Full Council on 23 February 2021; and

 

2.   That the Committee approves the amendment in respect of S106 Monitoring Fees.

8.

Town Centre Regeneration - Acquisition of Strategic Assets pdf icon PDF 803 KB

That the Committee:

 

1.     Approves the acquisition of the freehold interest in the Corn Exchange 8/9 Crown Passage on the terms set out in the private report in support of the Council’s Future High Street Fund proposals;

 

2.     Approves the acquisition of the various property leasehold interests in nos 54, 55 and 56 Foregate Street on the terms set out in the private report in support of The Arches project; and

 

3.     Delegates authority to the Corporate Director Place, the Corporate Director Finance and Resources and the Deputy Director Governance in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chairs of the Committee to conclude negotiations and enter into all necessary legal agreements to complete the proposed acquisitions.

9.

Governance Arrangements for Delivery of Major Programmes pdf icon PDF 214 KB

That the Committee:

 

1.   Approves the governance arrangements for the delivery of the Council’s major programmes, set out in section 3 of this report; and

 

2.   Delegates authority to the Managing Director and Deputy Director -Governance in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chairs of Policy and Resources Committee to approve the terms of reference of the Major Programmes Member Reference Group.

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10.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Update pdf icon PDF 303 KB

That the Committee:

 

1.     Notes the contents of this report and the recommended actions to bring a renewed focus on equality, diversity and inclusion at the Council;

2.     Approves for publication the Council’s Equality Objectives for 2021 as set out in section 3 below;

3.     Agrees that a Member working group should support officers in completing a self-assessment of the Council’s performance under the Local Government Association’s Equalities Framework facilitated by the Deputy Director Governance; and

4.     Requests that the Personnel and General Purposes Sub-Committee oversee the work programme set out at section 3 and considers the scope of a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for referral back to Committee later this year.

11.

Covid-19: Decisions Under Urgency Powers pdf icon PDF 287 KB

That the Committee notes the decisions, since the last report to Committee which have been taken by the Managing Director under urgency powers in response to the Covid-19 emergency incident.

12.

Quarter 3 Financial Monitoring Report 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 489 KB

1.     That the Committee reviews the financial monitoring details including budget variances and performance indicators for the 3rd quarter ended 31 December 2020; and

 

2.     That the Committee reviews the proposed write-offs of Council Tax and Business Rates for the quarter and approves the amounts noted.

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13.

Quarter 3 Performance Report for 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

That the Policy and Resources Committee notes the Council’s Quarter performance for 2020/21.

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14.

Annual Survey 2020 Results pdf icon PDF 275 KB

That the Committee notes the results of the Annual Survey 2020.

 

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15.

Any Other Business

Which in the opinion of the Chairman is of sufficient urgency as to warrant consideration.

16.

Items Involving the Disclosure of Exempt Information

The Committee are invited to pass the following resolution:-

 

That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of information as defined in Schedule 12A of the said Act.

PART II

(ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND DECISION IN PRIVATE)

17.

Minutes (Exempt Items)

Of the meeting held on 25th January 2021 to be approved and signed.

18.

Fees and Charges 2021/22 (Exempt Items)

To consider the proposed Fees and Charges for Building Control.

19.

Town Centre Regeneration - Acquisition Of Strategic Assets

That the Committee note the contents of this report in its consideration of the report in the public agenda.