Venue: Conference Room, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XA. View directions
Contact: Stacey Gilmour
WELCOME & APOLOGIES
Attendees and residents were welcomed to the meeting and the Chair outlined how the meeting was to proceed.
Apologies for lateness were received from Councillor Nneka Keazor.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members of the Council are invited to identify any disclosable pecuniary, other pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests relevant to the items on the agenda.
No declarations of interest were received.
LONDON BOROUGH OF ENFIELD BUDGET CONSULTATION 2018/19
Enfield’s Overview & scrutiny Committee has set up a Budget Meeting to consider the proposals within the council’s 2018/19 Budget Consultation.
The purpose of the Committee Meeting is to:
a) Seek comments on and consider the Budget Consultation proposals,
b) To prepare a response on the Budget Consultation proposals for consideration by Cabinet and council as part of the budget setting process.
Members of the Committee are asked to note:
· The public have been invited to attend the meeting to participate in the budget consultation process;
· That Cabinet is due to consider the response from the budget consultation process at its meeting on 14 February 2018. The final response agreed by the Committee will be referred onto Cabinet for consideration as part of this process. The council’s final 2018/19 budget proposals are due to be considered and approved at the Council meeting on 21 February.
The Chair outlined the structure and process for the update and budget consultation.
Introduction / Presentation
James Rolfe, Executive Director of Finance, Resources and Customer Services gave a presentation, the key points of which were as follows:
? Key issues in 2018/19 were the overspend of £4.0m for 2017/18 as of November 2017 with particular pressures in Adult Social Care and Children’s Social Care; limited resources for 2018/19 through to 2021/22 due to Government deficit reduction policies – meaning a lack of funding for essential services.
? Since 2010, the Council had achieved savings of £161m.
? Further savings of £35m are required by 2019/20 in order to balance the budget.
? As part of the budget setting process for 2018/19 Thematic work streams were set up to achieve savings for 2018/19 and future years.
? Savings had been identified in two tranches; Tranche 1 savings totalling £4.5m were agreed by Cabinet in July 2017. Tranche 2 savings totalling £4.1m were agreed by Cabinet in December 2017.
? The Local Government Finance Settlement in December 2017 confirmed the significant funding cuts announced in 2016/17.
? Following a recent Government announcement, Local Authorities have now been given the power to raise Council Tax charges by up to 5.99% without a referendum (this includes the Social Care Precept of 3%).
? The Adult Social Care Precept – 3% was levied in 2017/18. If 3% is also charged in 2018/19 that would exhaust this funding stream for Enfield based on the latest regulations.
? Enfield has signed up to the 4 year settlement running until 2019/20. After this there is no clarity over funding levels.
?There is a move towards greater Business Rates Retention to replace Central Government Grants. Enfield is signed up to the pilot London-wide Business Rates Pool for 2018/19 with 100% retention.
?The Fair Funding Review being implemented in 2020 is currently out for consultation. Enfield Council will take all opportunities to lobby Central Government regarding a fair funding deal.
?Capital receipts flexibility has been extended to March 2022. Proceeds from asset sales can be used to fund transformation projects aimed at generating ongoing revenue savings.
?Figures on Government Funding Reductions to 2019/20 showed a significant reduction of approximately £120m.
?The final budget position will be submitted to Cabinet and Council in February 2018.
Ilhan Basharan, Consultation and Resident Engagement Services Team Manager, gave a presentation on the results and methodology of the budget consultation for 2018/19, including:
· He confirmed that the consultation period had run from 23 October 2017 to 8 January 2018, a total of 11 weeks and had been widely advertised.
· Communication and publicity promotion involved a range of voluntary and community sector organisations, magazines, posters, social media, local press and an online survey (which was also available as an easy read document and in hard copy).
· There had been four questions for residents to provide a response to and 614 responses were received. The top priorities were similar – to protect adult social care and children’s services; improving the street scene, including the maintenance of ... view the full minutes text for item 442.
DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS
The date of the next business meeting is Thursday 22nd February 2018.
Provisional Call-In dates:
· 8 February 2018
· 29 March 2018
· 5 April 2018
· 19 April 2018
NOTED the date of the next business meeting is 22 February 2018.