Manchester City Council

Agenda

Agenda

Venue: Council Ante Chamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Contact: Michael Williamson 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Urgent Business

To consider any items which the Chair has agreed to have submitted as urgent.

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2.

Appeals

To consider any appeals from the public against refusal to allow inspection of background documents and/or the inclusion of items in the confidential part of the agenda.

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3.

Interests

To allow Members an opportunity to [a] declare any personal, prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interests they might have in any items which appear on this agenda; and [b] record any items from which they are precluded from voting as a result of Council Tax/Council rent arrears; [c] the existence and nature of party whipping arrangements in respect of any item to be considered at this meeting. Members with a personal interest should declare that at the start of the item under consideration. If Members also have a prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interest they must withdraw from the meeting during the consideration of the item.

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4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 159 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 10 January 2019.

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5.

Updated Financial Strategy and Directorate Business Plans 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 317 KB

Report of the Chief Executive and City Treasurer

 

This report provides an update on the Council’s financial position and sets out next steps in the budget process, including scrutiny of the draft budget proposals and Directorate Business Plan reports by this Committee.

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5a

Corporate Core Business Plan pdf icon PDF 379 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive, City Treasurer and City Solicitor

 

This report sets out in broad terms the directorate’s key priorities, key activities and revenue and capital strategy for 2019-20. In the Business Plan for the period 2017-2020, directorates set out their proposed savings in the context of their objectives. This report sets out both the progress made to date in delivering these savings and the directorate’s focus over the final year of the three year plan. This report is a refresh of the directorate’s Business Plan for 2018-20 in the context of changing resources, challenges and opportunities.

 

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5b

Strategic Development Business Planning pdf icon PDF 388 KB

Report of the Strategic Director (Development)

 

This report sets out in broad terms the directorate’s key priorities, key activities and revenue and capital strategy for 2019-20. In the Business Plan for the period 2017-2020, directorates set out their proposed savings in the context of their objectives. This report sets out both the progress made to date in delivering these savings and the directorate’s focus over the final year of the three year plan. This report is a refresh of the directorate’s Business Plan for 2018-20 in the context of changing resources, challenges and opportunities.

 

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6.

The impact of welfare reform agenda on the Council's finances and its ability to provide support to residents of Manchester pdf icon PDF 427 KB

Report of the City Treasurer

 

The impact of welfare reform agenda on the Council’s finances and its ability to provide support to residents of Manchester.

 

The scope of this report only considers the financial impact on the Council. A further report is due to go to Economy Scrutiny in March 2019 and this will cover the economic impact on residents, partners and communities

 

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7.

Changes to the Council Tax charges levied for tax on empty properties pdf icon PDF 270 KB

Report of the City Treasurer

 

The Government has introduced further discretionary powers for councils to charge progressively higher rates of Council Tax for domestic properties that are empty for more than two years, five years and ten years. This report considers the impact of adopting these changes.

 

The report also revisits the decisions made in 2012 to give a 100% discount for one month if a domestic property is empty and unfurnished, and a 50% discount for up to 12 months if a domestic property is undergoing major works or structural alterations.

 

The purpose of this report is to provide final recommendations, following a consultation exercise about whether to adopt these new discretionary powers, and whether to retain or remove the discounts relating to properties empty for one month or undergoing major works.

 

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8.

Changes to the Council's Council Tax Support Scheme - results of consultation and final proposals pdf icon PDF 446 KB

Report of the City Treasurer

 

The purpose of this report is to provide final recommendations for the Council’s Council Tax Support Scheme from April 2019 for the Executive to consider.  The report proposes changes to the Council’s Council Tax Support Scheme. The changes are proposed so that the scheme remains fit for purpose as working age residents in receipt of welfare benefits are moved onto Universal Credit.  The report follows a period of formal consultation on the proposals that change the scheme for working age residents in receipt of Universal Credit.

 

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Overview Report pdf icon PDF 414 KB

Report of the Governance and Scrutiny Support Unit.

 

This report provides the Committee with details of key decisions that fall within the Committee’s remit and an update on actions resulting from the Committee’s recommendations. The report also includes the Committee’s work programme, which the Committee is asked to amend as appropriate and agree.

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Exclusion of Press and Public

The officers consider that the following items contains exempt information as provided for in the Local Government Access to Information Act and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. The Committee is recommended to agree the necessary resolutions excluding the public from the meeting during consideration of this item.

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11.

Call In: The appointment of a Provider to deliver City Wide Advice Services (Public Excluded)

The decision of the Acting Executive Director Strategic Commissioning (with DASS responsibilities) has been called in by Councillors Clay, Curley, Reid, Hughes, Wheeler and Azra Ali in accordance with paragraph 13.3 of the Scrutiny Procedure Rules.


The terms of the call in are:

" With a contracting process whereby only one bidder submits a tender it is difficult to see the process as a robust test of efficiency and value."

 

A copy of the Decision Notice is attached.

 

Members of the Committee are asked to consider whether or not they will refer the decision back to the decision maker for reconsideration. 

12.

Management of staff performance and misconduct (Public Excluded)

Report of Director of HROD

 

The purpose of this report is to provide Members with an overview of the Council’s approach to managing staff performance and misconduct in line with the organisation’s agreed policies. The report provides case numbers, key issues and trends in relation to the Council’s Disciplinary and Capability policies as well as broader information on the work of HROD to strengthen the organisation’s approach to people management.

 

This report responds to specific Member queries raised in response to this item at the Resources and Governance Scrutiny Committee in January 2019.