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Agenda

Cabinet Advisory Panel A
Monday 22 July 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DR

Contact: Email: memberservices@dartford.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interest from Members including the terms(s) of the Grant of Dispensation (if any) by the Audit Board or Managing Director.

3.

Confirmation of the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 13 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 72 KB

4.

Urgent Items

The Chairman will announce his decision as to whether there are any urgent items and their position on the agenda.

ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION IN PUBLIC

5.

To receive the Minutes of the Cabinet Advisory Panel held on 22 July 2019

To follow

6.

References from Committees

None at this stage.

A - Strategies, Policies, Key Decisions, Consultations

7.

Draft Housing Allocations' Policy - July 2019 pdf icon PDF 303 KB

Summary:

 

The Housing Allocations’ Policy was adopted by the General Assembly of the Council on 18 March 2013 as the Council’s framework for the allocation and management of future tenancies from 29 April 2013.  Subsequent reviews of the Policy were carried out in March 2014 and September 2018.

 

In order to ensure a consistent approach, a further review of the Policy has been undertaken and changes made, where appropriate, to reflect new legislation and operational methods.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Cabinet agree the amendments to the Housing Allocations’ Policy as set out in the body of the report and approve the revised Policy, attached at Appendix A to the report.

 

 

Additional documents:

8.

Draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2019-2023 pdf icon PDF 288 KB

Summary:

 

The Homelessness Act 2002 requires local housing authorities to carry out a review of homelessness in their district at least every five years. The aim of the review being to inform, develop and publish a Homeless Strategy.

 

A review of homelessness was carried out in 2017 and a new Homeless Strategy 2018-2023 was adopted by the General Assembly of the Council on 19 March 2018.

 

This report presents an update to the Strategy, in light of new legislation and operational methods, including a requirement for the Council to publish a strategy for tackling rough sleeping.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the Cabinet approve the Homelessness and Rough Sleeper

Strategy 2019-2023, attached at Appendix A to the report.

 

Additional documents:

B - Non-Key Decisions, Monitoring Reports

9.

Annual Treasury Report 2018/2019 pdf icon PDF 453 KB

Summary:

 

To inform the Cabinet of the outturn position (subject to audit) of the Council’s investments and borrowing for the 2018/2019 financial year and of the outturn position of the Council’s treasury indicators.

 

Recommendations:

 

1.    That the Cabinet notes the outturn for the Council’s treasury management operations for 2018/19; and

 

2.    That the Cabinet notes the outturn for the Council’s treasury indicators.

Additional documents:

10.

Write-Off of National Non-Domestic Rates pdf icon PDF 144 KB

Summary:

 

To consider writing-off National Non-Domestic Rate debts where it has not been possible to obtain payment because of insolvency, because the ratepayer cannot be traced or where the debt is otherwise irrecoverable.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the sums shown in exempt Appendix A in the confidential part of the report, amounting to £1,108,229.03, be written-off as uncollectable.

 

11.

Write-Off of Council Tax pdf icon PDF 144 KB

Summary:

 

To consider writing off Council Tax where it has not been possible to obtain payment because the taxpayer cannot be traced or the debt is otherwise irrecoverable.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the sums shown in Exempt Appendix A to the report, in the closed part of the agenda, amounting to £14,468.64, be written off as uncollectable.

12.

Housing Benefit Overpayment Write-Offs pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Summary:

 

To consider the write-off of a Housing Benefit Overpayment where recovery is prohibited, is not considered appropriate or where the customer has absconded.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the sum of £39,792.31, shown in Exempt Appendix A to the report, on the closed part of the agenda, be written-off as irrecoverable.

13.

Capital Programme including Prudential Indicators - Outturn 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 243 KB

Summary:

 

To inform Cabinet of the final pre-audit figures for the 2018/19 Capital Programme, the capital resources that were used to fund it and those that remain available to fund future investment.

 

Recommendations:

 

1.    That Cabinet note the draft outturn for the Capital Programme for 2018/19.

 

2.    That Cabinet note the draft outturn position for 2018/19 on Capital resources, and the balance available to be carried forward into 2019/20.

 

3.    That the Cabinet recommend the total capital budget carried forward into 2019/20, as set out in Appendix C to the General Assembly of the Council.

 

4.    That Cabinet note the outturn position on the Capital Prudential Indicators as shown in Appendix D.

 

5.    That Cabinet agree a virement of 2019/20 budget from the new homes budget to the projects listed in Appendix C

 

6.    That the General Assembly of the Council be asked to agree the capital budget carried forward into 2019/20 as per Appendix C, thereby increasing the total capital budget to £30.771m

 

Additional documents:

C - Items for Information, noting, endorsing

14.

Revenue Budget Monitoring - Outturn 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 212 KB

Summary:

 

To inform Members of the detailed final pre-audit 2018/19 figures for the General Fund and Housing Revenue Account, including reasons for significant variances compared to the probable outturn.

 

Recommendation:

 

That the 2018/19 outturn for the General Fund and Housing Revenue Account, together with the reasons for significant variances compared to probable outturn, be noted.

Additional documents:

15.

Revenue Budget Monitoring 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

This report is ‘to follow’.

Additional documents:

16.

Capital Budget Monitoring 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 295 KB

This report is ‘to follow’.

Additional documents:

Exclusion of the Press and Public

TO RESOLVE: That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), 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 exempt information.

D - Items for Consideration in Private

Confidential Appendices

A

Write-off of National Non-Domestic Rates - Exempt Appendix A - Exempt Category SO46(1)(b)

B

Write-off of Council Tax - Exempt Appendix A - Exempt Category S)46(1)(b)

C

Write-Off of Housing Benefit Overpayments - Exempt Appendix A - Exempt Category SO46(1)(b)