Agenda and draft minutes

People and Health Scrutiny Committee - Friday, 10th December, 2021 10.00 am

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34.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Daryl Turner, Piers Brown and Louie O’Leary.

35.

Declarations of Interest

To disclose any pecuniary, other registrable or non-registrable interest as set out in the adopted Code of Conduct. In making their disclosure councillors are asked to state the agenda item, the nature of the interest and any action they propose to take as part of their declaration.

 

If required, further advice should be sought from the Monitoring Officer in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

No declarations of pecuniary interests were made at the meeting.

 

However, in respect of agenda item 5, Cllr Ireland advised that he was a partner governor at Dorset Healthcare Trust and also had a daughter working at Dorset County Hospital (DCH).

36.

Public Participation

To receive questions or statements on the business of the committee from town and parish councils and members of the public.

Public speaking has been suspended for virtual committee meetings during the Covid-19 crisis and public participation will be dealt with through written submissions only.

Members of the public who live, work or represent an organisation within the Dorset Council area, may submit up to two questions or a statement of up to a maximum of 450 words. All submissions must be sent electronically to fiona.king@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk  by the deadline set out below. When submitting a question please indicate who the question is for and include your name, address and contact details. Questions and statements received in line with the council’s rules for public participation will be published as a supplement to the agenda.

Questions will be read out by an officer of the council and a response given by the appropriate Portfolio Holder or officer at the meeting. All questions, statements and responses will be published in full within the minutes of the meeting.

The deadline for submission of the full text of a questions or statements is 8.30am on Tuesday 7 December 2021.

Please refer to the guide to public participation at committee meetings for more information about speaking at meetings.

 

 

 

Minutes:

There were no submissions from town or parish councils or from members of the public.

37.

Questions from Members

To receive any questions from members in accordance with procedure rule 13. The deadline for the receipt of questions is 8.30am on Tuesday 7 December 2021.

Minutes:

There were no written questions received from councillors.

38.

Budget Scrutiny pdf icon PDF 692 KB

The scrutiny committees are asked to consider the budget proposals on behalf of the residents of Dorset, and to provide constructive challenge to decision-makers before a final decision is made.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director for Corporate Development which provided a summary of progress to date on the development of the budget strategy and medium-term financial plan (MTFP).  The report also provided further updates on funding for this year and for 2022/23, although details of the local government finance settlement  was still awaited.

 

The Chairman stated that the focus for the meeting would be on budget proposals for the Adult and Housing and Children's Services Directorates.  Budget proposals concerning the Place and Corporate Resources Directorate would be considered at the Place and Resources Scrutiny Committee meeting which would follow this meeting. 

 

The Executive Director for Corporate Development set the scene for budget setting and outlined the process. The Efficiency and Transformation programme was highlighted to address the budget gap of £4.5m. Expecting additional government funding of £4.5m.

 

Attention was drawn to final line in the report regarding the settlement and if it was significantly different from that anticipated, then it may be necessary for the budget proposals to be adjusted.  If the net expenditure proposals needed to be reduced by more than £500k the Scrutiny Committees may wish to reconvene during the week commencing 3 January 2022, to consider the revision to the proposals.

 

General budget questions

Question/Issue raised

Response

In respect of assumptions, there is an inflationary number of 2%, why has this been decreased as it is higher at a national level.

 

Inflation in the care sector is a bit higher and so have allocated more than the 2% but in the waste sector it is not so high. Some contracts are commissioned on an annual basis and negotiated accordingly. Inflation is the amount we are prepared to pay.

Why 2.5% increases on fees and charges?

 

A catch all average at this point.

Why is there a 0.5% growth on business rates, will our take be less?

 

In respect of business rates relief, the Government will compensate Local Authorities.

Is there an increase in the employers’ contribution?

 

Yes there will be an increase, suppliers to us will need to pass this on but as a Local Authority employer there would be a net nil impact.

Concern around certainty on the savings, not convinced some of the savings would be realised. e.g. children’s services in respect of the recent tragic child death in Solihull.

 

Management of risk explained, and the volatility and financial position was laid out for members. Officers hadn’t adjusted the budget proposals as yet in light of recent news.  There was still time for adjustments to be made before full council.

The Executive Director for People, Children highlighted the best way to manage was to always have a grip on the need of our communities.

Surplus collection money, was that material?

 

£3m had been factored into one of the appendices in the report.

Revenues and Benefits - the cost of services given the changes likely to happen?

 

Expecting a large part year effect.

Economic growth, do need as a council to talk about  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.

39.

Urgent Items

To consider any items of business which the Chairman has had prior notification and considers to be urgent pursuant to section 100B (4)b) of the Local Government Act 1972.  The reason for the urgency shall be recorded in the minutes.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items of business.

40.

Exempt Business

To move the exclusion of the press and public for the following item in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph 3 of schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

 

The public and press will be asked to leave the meeting whilst the item of business is considered.

Minutes:

There was no exempt business.