Agenda and minutes

Budget Meeting, County Council - Thursday, 13th February, 2020 9.30 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone. View directions

Contact: Denise Fitch  03000 416090

Note: Budget Meeting 


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Apologies for Absence

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The General Counsel reported apologies from Mrs Binks, Mr Collor, Mr Manion, Mr Murphy, Mr Pascoe and Mr Whiting.


Mr Clinch had given his apologies for the meeting’s afternoon session.



Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Significant Interests in items on the agenda

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(1)          Dr Sullivan declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest as her husband was employed by the County Council in the Early Help and Prevention Team and stated that she would withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the amendment on the Youth Services, as set out in paragraph 9 below.


(2)       Mr Lewis declared an interest as his wife worked for the County Council.



Minutes of the meetings held on 17 December 2019 and, if in order, to be approved as a correct record pdf icon PDF 13 KB

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings held on 17 December 2019 be approved as a correct record.




Chairman's Announcements

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Mr Frederick Wood-Brignall, MBE


(1)       The Chairman stated that it was with regret that she had to inform Members of the death of Mr Frederick Wood-Brignall, former Conservative Member for Romney Marsh from 1997 to 2009.


(2)       The Chairman informed Members that Mr Wood-Brignall’s service of thanksgiving had taken place on Monday 13 January 2020.


(3)       Mr Hills and Mrs Dean paid tribute to Mr Wood-Brignall.


(4)       Following the tributes, all Members stood in silence in memory of Mr Wood-Brignall.


(5)       After the one-minute silence, the Chairman moved, the Vice-Chairman seconded, and it was resolved unanimously that:


“This Council records the sense of loss it feels on the sad passing of Mr Wood-Brignall and extends to his family and friends our heartfelt sympathy to them in their sad bereavement.”


            New Year’s Honours List 2020


(6)       The Chairman referred Members to the list of New Year Honours Recipients from Kent and in particular Graham Razey who had received an OBE for services to Education. He had also been a member of the Corporate Parenting Panel.   She formally congratulated all those who had received an Honour.


            Thank you letter from Steve Sherry


(7)       The Chairman referred to the letter of thanks from Steve Sherry, for the Invicta Award which he had received at the County Council meeting which had taken place on 17 December 2019.


(8)       The Chairman informed Members that a copy of the letter of thanks had been circulated via the Members Information Bulletin.


            Try-Angle Award


(9)       The Chairman informed Members that she had attended the Try-Angle Awards event which had taken place on Sunday 9 February 2020. The event recognised the outstanding efforts and achievements of young people at school, work, organisations and within their own communities.


(10)     The Chairman congratulated Kent’s district category winners and commended the excellent work that Kent’s young people had undertaken as ambassadors for the county.



Capital Programme 2020-23 and Revenue Budget 2020-21 (including Council Tax setting 2020-21) pdf icon PDF 623 KB

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(1)   The Chairman reminded all Members that any Member of a Local Authority who was liable to pay Council Tax, and who had any unpaid Council Tax amount overdue for at least two months, even if there was an arrangement to pay off the arrears, must declare the fact that they are in arrears and must not cast their vote on anything related to KCC’s Budget or Council Tax.


(2)  The Chairman draw Members attention to the Section 151 Officers assurance set out on page 36 paragraph 7.5 of the of the report as the budget estimates were robust and the level of reserves adequate, as required by the Local Government Act 2003



(3)       Mr Oakford moved and Mr Gough seconded the following motion:


“(i)       The County Council is asked to agree the following:


(a)       The net revenue budget requirement of £1,063.654m for 2020-21.

(b)       The 10-year Capital programme and investment proposals of £1,014.339mover three years from 2020-21 to 2022-23 together with the necessaryfunding and subject to approval to spend arrangements.

(c)       The Capital Strategy as set out in appendix 1 of this report including the Prudential Indicators.

(d)       The Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) Statement as set out in appendix 3 of this report.

(e)       The directorate capital programmes as set out in sections 1 & 2 of the draft Budget Book (white-combed) for Council approval published on 5th February.

(f)        The directorate revenue budget proposals as set out sections 3, 4 and 5 of the draft Budget Book (white-combed) for Council approval published on 5th February.

(g)       To delegate responsibility to Cabinet Members and Corporate Directors to manage the budget within the parameters set out in the Constitution and Financial Regulations.

(h)       To increase Council Tax band rates up to the maximum permitted without a referendum as set out in table 2 in appendix A of the draft Budget Book (white-combed) for Council approval published on 5th February.

(i)         To levy the additional 2% social care precept (raising an additional £14,375,896 and taking the total social care precept to £65,789,689 out of precept set out in (j) below).

(j)         The total Council Tax requirement of £749,443,400 to be raised through precepts on districts as set out in table 1 in appendix A of the draft Budget Book (white-combed) for Council approval published on 5th February.

(k)       The Treasury Management Strategy as set out in appendix 2 of this report.

(l)         The reforms to the lowest Kent Scheme pay ranges (KR2 and KR3) to a single point paying £9.35 per hour.

(m)      The governance process for the allocation of unallocated amounts within the approved budget set out in paragraph 6.1 of this report.


(ii)       In addition:


(n)       To note that the Cabinet Member for Communications, Engagement & People after consultation with the Leader and Cabinet, will determine the TCP reward thresholds for staff assessed as successful, excellent, and outstanding, and the uplift to the Kent Ranges in accordance with the 0.5%/£1,200 principles.

(o)       To delegate authority to the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 203.