Agenda and minutes

Overview & Scrutiny Committee Budget Meeting - Thursday, 31st January, 2013 7.00 pm

Venue: Conference Room, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XA. View directions

Contact: Stacey Gilmour 020 8379 4187  Email: Stacey.gilmour@enfield.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

647.

WELCOME & APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Orhan, Cllr McGowan and Alicia Meniru.  Apologies for lateness were received from Cllr Rye and Rob Leak.

648.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members of the Council are invited to identify any disclosable pecuniary other pecuniary or non pecuniary interests relevant to items on the agenda.

Minutes:

No members of the Committee had any personal or prejudicial interests to declare in respect of items on the agenda.

 

649.

BUDGET CONSULTATION: LONDON BOROUGH OF ENFIELD 2013/14 SPENDING REVIEW pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Enfield’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee has set up a Budget Meeting to consider the proposals within the Council’s 2013/14 budget information and consultation paper.

 

The purpose of the Committee Meeting is to:

(a)         seek comments on and consider the budget consultation proposals, as set out in the Council’s budget and information consultation paper;

(b)         to prepare a response (on behalf of scrutiny) on the budget consultation proposals for consideration by Cabinet and Council as part of the budget setting process.

 

A programme for the Budget meeting has been attached.             (Page 1)

 

Individual Scrutiny Panels have been meeting in advance of this Committee Meeting, in order to consider the consultation proposals within their remits.  The Panels have met on the following dates and the comments referred onto the Committee for consideration are attached for your consideration.

 

 

(a)       Older People & Vulnerable Adults Scrutiny Panel:  15 January 2013

 

(b)       Children & Young People Scrutiny Panel:  11 December 2012

 

(c)        Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Panel:  10 January 2013

 

(d)       Crime & Safety & Strong Communities Scrutiny Panel: 12 December 2012

 

(e)       Housing, Growth & Regeneration Scrutiny Panel:  24 January 2013

 

(f)         Sustainability & Environment Scrutiny Panel:  17 January 2013

 

In addition individual minutes taken from feedback received on the budget consultation proposals at each of the Area Forums are also attached for members’ information.

 

Members of the Committee are asked to note:

·              that all scrutiny Panel members along with the public and representatives from interested stakeholder and partner organisations 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 Wednesday 8 February 2012.  The final response agreed by the Committee will be referred onto Cabinet for consideration as part of this process.  The Council’s final 2013/14 budget proposals are due to be considered and approved at the Council meeting on Wednesday 27 February 2013.

 

A copy of the 2013/14 budget consultation document has already been provided for all members of the Council, so no further copy has been included with this agenda.

 

Additional copies will, however, be available at the Overview & Scrutiny Committee Budget meeting or can be obtained in advance by contacting the Scrutiny & Community Outreach Team (contact details provided above).  A copy of the consultation paper is also available on the council’s websitewww.enfield.gov.uk

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Welcome and Introductions: 

 

1.         Councillor Simon (as Chairman) welcomed everyone to the meeting and explained that this meeting of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee had been set up to consider and co-ordinate a final response on the Council’s 2013/14 budget consultation proposals.     As part of this process the Committee would take into account comments made by the Scrutiny Panels that had met to consider the consultation proposals relating to their specific remits.  Also relevant were the comments and issues raised during the budget consultation discussions at the recent round of Area Forums.

 

The Chairman welcomed Councillor Taylor (Leader of the Council), Councillor Stafford (Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources) and James Rolfe (Director of Finance, Resources and Customer Services), who had been invited to attend the meeting to provide an overview of the budget proposals.  In addition he welcomed those members of the Cabinet and Directors who were attending the meeting to represent each of the Council’s main service areas and respond to any questions identified during the meeting.

 

The Committee was advised that their comments on the budget proposals would be forwarded to Cabinet on 13 February for consideration as part of the overall response to the budget consultation process.  These would be considered by Cabinet as part of the process for formulating the final budget to be recommended to Council 27 February for approval.

 

Before moving on the Chairman outlined the programme for the evening and thanked all members of the public present for attending and supporting the scrutiny consultation process.

 

2.         Introduction to the Council’s 2013/14 Budget Consultation:

 

Councillor Taylor (Leader of the Council) thanked the Committee for inviting him and the Cabinet for attending the meeting. To provide further detail, he asked James Rolfe (Director of Finance, Resources & Customer Services) to give a brief presentation on the London Borough of Enfield’s Budget Consultation for 2013/14.

 

Councillor Taylor also reiterated the continued impact of damping upon the Council’s budgetary position; it was unlikely the Government would alter its position on this despite representations from both parties on the issue.

 

 

NOTED

 

The following comments were summarised and approved by the Committee as the response from scrutiny on the Council’s 2013/14 Budget Update and Consultation proposals.

 

1.1    General – budget consultation process

 

(a)          Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) again welcomed the opportunity to take part in the budget consultation process and the involvement of the Cabinet and all Directors at the scrutiny meeting. OSC recognised the range of consultation being undertaken on the budget proposals this year and responses generated as a result. 

 

1.2    Introduction to Consultation Paper and Update on Resources and the Council’s Options

         

(a)     A 27% real terms reduction in expenditure over 4 years had been announced by the Government in December 2010.  A subsequent 2% cut in 2014/15 had been announced in the 2012 Autumn Statement.  A further Spending Review is anticipated in the first part of 2013 which is expected to cut public spending further.

 

(b)     Damping continued to have a significant impact,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 649.