sc20210311special

STIRLING COUNCIL

 

MINUTES of SPECIAL MEETING of STIRLING COUNCIL held as a VIRTUAL MEETING by

MICROSOFT TEAMS on THURSDAY 11 MARCH 2021 at 10.00 AM

 

Present:

Provost Christine SIMPSON (in the Chair)

 

Councillor Maureen BENNISON
Councillor Neil BENNY
Councillor Alistair BERRILL
Councillor Margaret BRISLEY
Councillor Robert DAVIES
Councillor Douglas DODDS
Councillor Martin EARL
Councillor Scott FARMER
Councillor Bryan FLANNAGAN
Councillor Danny GIBSON

Councillor Graham HOUSTON
Councillor Chris KANE
Councillor Graham LAMBIE
Councillor Alison LAURIE
Councillor Jeremy MCDONALD
Councillor Susan MCGILL
Councillor Ross OXBURGH

Councillor Alasdair TOLLEMACHE
Councillor Jim THOMSON
Councillor Evelyn TWEED

 

In Attendance

 

Carol Beattie, Chief Executive

Annemargaret Black, Clackmannanshire & Stirling Health & Social Care
Partnership/Integrated Joint Board

Jim Boyle, Chief Officer – Finance
Stephen Clark, Chief Officer – Housing
Graham Gibson, Senior Media Officer
Kristine Johnson, Chief Officer – HR&OD

Drew Leslie, Senior Manager – Infrastructure

Isabel McKnight, Chief Operating Officer – Communities & Performance
Bryony Monaghan, Interim Head of Education (Chief Education Officer)
George Murphy, Accounting Operations Manager

Stuart Oliver, Senior Manager – Economic Development & Communities
Bruce Reekie, Senior Manager – Environment & Place

Brian Roberts, Chief Operating Officer – Infrastructure & Environment
Marie Valente, Senior Manager (Chief Social Work Officer)

Dave Whyte, Technology Team Leader

Julia McAfee, Chief Officer - Governance (Clerk)
Jean Houston, Governance Officer (Minute Taker)
Islay Moore (Support Officer) - Governance

 

Also In Attendance

 

Jennifer Grant, Audit Scotland
Andrew Wallace, External Audit

 

Recording of Meeting started

Prior to the commencement of business, the Provost welcomed and thanked everyone for attending the meeting via MS Teams. A statement was read to the meeting providing detail on the procedures related to MS Teams and the protocols that both Members and Officers should adhere to throughout the meeting. Members were advised that they would be limited to two questions per item at this meeting.

 

The Provost asked the Clerk to carry out a roll call of all Members participating in the meeting. It was noted that Councillor Oxburgh was experiencing technology difficulties.

 

SC385 APOLOGIES

 

There were no apologies submitted.

 

SC386 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

SC387 TREASURY MANAGEMENT STRATEGY STATEMENT 2021/22

 

This report outlined a Treasury Management Strategy for 2021/22, prepared in
accordance with:

 

  1. The revised Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA)
    Treasury Management in the Public Services Code (2017 edition);

  2. The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) Prudential Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities (2017 edition);

  3. The Local Authority (Capital Financing and Accounting)(Scotland)
    Regulations 2016;

  4. The Local Government Investment Regulations (Scotland) 2010, (and
    accompanying Finance Circular 5/2010); and

  5. The Local Government in Scotland Act 2003.

 

The strategy took account of prospects for interest rates; the current treasury
portfolio position; the borrowing strategy; policy of borrowing in advance of need; debt rescheduling; investment strategy; credit worthiness strategy; policy of the use of external service providers and other relevant treasury management issues.

 

Councillor Oxburgh joined the meeting

 

The Chief Officer – Finance responded to Members questions on the strategy and agreed to take a further look at the matter of Home Loans, now that Right to Buy had ceased. He also agreed to provide Members with further information on the provision of loans to Credit Unions.

 

Members congratulated the Chief Officer – Finance on the work undertaken by
Finance and asked him to pass on their thanks and appreciation to the teams.

 

Councillor Margaret Brisley moved the recommendations in the report, seconded by Councillor Alison Laurie

Decision

 

Council agreed to:

 

  1. approve the Treasury Management Strategy Statement for 2021/22 as detailed in this report; and

     

  2. approve the Prudential Indicators for 2021/22 to 2022/23 prepared with regard to the Housing Capital Investment Programme presented to Stirling Council on 25 February 2021 and the General Services Capital Programme 2021/22 presented to Stirling Council on 11 March 2021.

 

(Reference: Report by Chief Officer - Finance, dated 1 March 2021, submitted).

 

Information/advice from officers on the Budget Proposals and Amendments had been tabled prior to the meeting in accordance with Standing Order 47, and this is attached as Appendix C to these Minutes.

 

SC388 GENERAL FUND REVENUE BUDGET & DETERMINATION OF COUNCIL2021/22

 

The purpose of this report was to provide Council with details of the 2021/22 General Fund Revenue Budget along with indicative financial plans for the following four financial years 2022/23 to 2025/26.

 

Appended to the report was a full suite of documents that brought together the budget, the five-year Business Plan and provided Members with an integrated view of the Council’s position for the coming five years.

 

Budget Proposal

 

“That Council approves the Administration Revenue Budget Proposal published in accordance with Standing Orders 44 – 49.”

 

Moved by Councillor Margaret Brisley, seconded by Councillor Alison Laurie.

 

Amendment

 

“That Council approves the Opposition Revenue Budget Proposal published in
accordance with Standing Orders 44 - 49.”

 

Moved by Councillor Neil Benny, seconded by Councillor Martin Earl

 

On the roll being called the Members present voted as follows:-
For the Amendment (9)

Councillor Neil Benny
Councillor Alistair Berrill
Councillor Robert Davies
Councillor Douglas Dodds
Councillor Martin Earl

Councillor Bryan Flannagan
Councillor Alastair Majury
Councillor Jeremy McDonald
Councillor Ross Oxburgh

 

Against the Amendment (13)

 

Councillor Maureen Bennison
Councillor Margaret Brisley
Councillor Scott Farmer
Councillor Danny Gibson

Depute Convener Graham Houston
Councillor Chris Kane

Councillor Alison Laurie
Councillor Alasdair MacPherson
Councillor Susan McGill
Provost Christine Simpson
Councillor Alasdair Tollemache
Councillor Jim Thomson
Councillor Evelyn Tweed

 

The Amendment fell by 13 votes to 9.
For the Budget Proposal (13)

Councillor Maureen Bennison
Councillor Margaret Brisley
Councillor Scott Farmer
Councillor Danny Gibson

Depute Convener Graham Houston
Councillor Chris Kane

Councillor Alison Laurie
Councillor Alasdair MacPherson
Councillor Susan McGill
Provost Christine Simpson
Councillor Alasdair Tollemache
Councillor Jim Thomson
Councillor Evelyn Tweed

 

Against the Budget Proposal (9)

 

Councillor Neil Benny
Councillor Alistair Berrill
Councillor Robert Davies
Councillor Douglas Dodds
Councillor Martin Earl
Councillor Bryan Flannagan
Councillor Alastair Majury
Councillor Jeremy McDonald
Councillor Ross Oxburgh

Decision

 

The Motion was carried by 13 votes to 9 and accordingly the Council agreed to
approve the Administration Revenue Budget 2021/22 & Determination of Council Tax as set out in Appendix A to these minutes.

 

(Reference: Report by Chief Officer - Finance, dated 1 March 2021, submitted).

 

At 12.15pm the Council agreed to adjourn in terms of Standing Order 74

Recording of meeting was stopped
The Meeting reconvened at 12.40pm with all Elected Members (previously noted) present
Recording of Meeting resumed

The Provost reminded Members that a Point of Order could only be made
about a matter of procedure of the current meeting.

 

SC389 PROPOSED GENERAL SERVICES CAPITAL PROGRAMME 2021/22

 

The purpose of this report was to provide Council with details of the proposed
2021/22 General Services Capital Programme.

 

The report set out the proposed projects for financial year 2021/22, along with
assumed resource availability. The report took account of the provisional
capital budget approved by the Council on 12 March 2020, as varied by any
decisions made by the Council since that point, as well as any officer
recommendations on additional investment needs and any rescheduling of
projects in the provisional programme.

 

Appendix 1 set out the proposed capital programme for 2021/22.

 

Appendices 2A and 2B provided additional narratives to support the proposals
in Appendix 1.

 

Appendix 3 provided the Capital Strategy Framework.

 

Capital Proposal

 

“That Council approves the Administration Capital Budget Proposal published in accordance with Standing Orders 44 – 49.”

 

Moved by Councillor Margaret Brisley, seconded by Councillor Alison Laurie.

Amendment

 

“That Council approves Opposition’s Capital Budget Proposal published in
accordance with Standing Orders 44 – 49.”

 

Moved by Councillor Neil Benny, seconded by Councillor Martin Earl.

 

For the Amendment (10)

 

Councillor Neil Benny
Councillor Alastair Berrill
Councillor Robert Davies
Councillor Douglas Dodds
Councillor Martin Earl
Councillor Bryan Flannagan
Councillor Alastair Majury
Councillor Jeremy McDonald
Councillor Ross Oxburgh
Councillor Alasdair Tollemache

 

Against the Amendment (12)

 

Councillor Maureen Bennison
Councillor Margaret Brisley
Councillor Scott Farmer
Councillor Danny Gibson

Depute Convener Graham Houston
Councillor Chris Kane

Councillor Alison Laurie
Councillor Alasdair MacPherson
Councillor Susan McGill
Provost Christine Simpson
Councillor Jim Thomson
Councillor Evelyn Tweed

 

The Amendment fell by 12 votes to 10.
For the Capital Proposal (13)

Councillor Maureen Bennison
Councillor Margaret Brisley
Councillor Scott Farmer
Councillor Danny Gibson

Depute Convener Graham Houston
Councillor Chris Kane

Councillor Alison Laurie
Councillor Alasdair MacPherson
Councillor Susan McGill
Provost Christine Simpson
Councillor Jim Thomson
Councillor Alasdair Tollemache
Councillor Evelyn Tweed

Against the Capital Proposal (9)

 

Councillor Neil Benny
Councillor Alastair Berrill
Councillor Robert Davies
Councillor Douglas Dodds
Councillor Martin Earl
Councillor Bryan Flannagan
Councillor Alastair Majury
Councillor Jeremy McDonald
Councillor Ross Oxburgh

 

Decision

 

The Motion was carried 13 votes to 9 and accordingly the Council agreed to
approve the Administration Capital Budget proposal, as set out in Appendix B
to these minutes.

 

(Reference: Report by Chief Officer - Finance, dated 1 March 2021, submitted).

 

The Provost commended officers on the work undertaken in the process of
developing the budget.

 

The Provost declared the Meeting closed at 1.30pm

1 Appendix A

Stirling Council
Meeting on 11 March 2021

General Fund Revenue Budget & Determination of Council Tax 2021/22

 

 

Motion

 

Moved by Councillor Margaret Brisley
Seconded by Councillor Alison Laurie

 

That the Council agrees:

 

  1. to note the budget surplus of £0.554M as set out in the officer budget report after taking account of government grant, unavoidable cost pressures, inflation provisions, previously agreed savings options, fees & charges income and the Valuation Joint Board requisition;

     

  2. to note the additional efficiency savings in Appendix 2 of the officer report that have been identified by Officers and that have no impact on policy or service levels for citizens;

     

  3. to agree the further unavoidable cost pressures set out in paragraphs 2.20 to 2.26 of the officer report be built into the revenue budget for 2021/22;

     

  4. to agree that a revised Living Wage rate of £9.57 per hour should be paid for 2021/22, and that this should be applied from 1 April 2021 and paid to employees as soon as practicable, and not wait until the conclusion of pay negotiations;

     

  5. to agree the allocation of the budget surplus of £0.554M as set out in Appendix 2 of this motion:

     

    • to provide additional spending commitments of £0.234M, and

    • to provide additional revenue funding of £0.32M to support increased capital investment of £3.984M through Prudential Borrowing;

       

  6. to agree that an allocation from General Fund unallocated reserves of £2M be made to provide a contribution to the funding of the 2021/22 General Services Capital Programme;

     

  7. to agree that the target level of reserves be maintained at between 2% and 2.5% of budget for the financial years 2021/22 to 2025/26, while accepting that for a period of time they will be at a level higher than target in order to fund the significant costs of change in the coming financial years;

     

  8. to agree that the following items contained within the provisional draft capital programme for 2021/22 on the agenda of this meeting of the Council be funded from COVID-19 recovery funding that has been made available to the Council by the Scottish Government in 2020/21 and 2021/22:

     

    • Digital Investment in Education - Replacement Chromebooks (£0.422M)

    • Digital Transformation - VMware Horizon (VDI) Proof of Concept (£0.35M)

       

  9. to agree the transfer of resources to the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership (Integration Joint Board) as set out in the officer report, at a level of £39.29M for 2021/22, which includes the full pass through of funding (£1.27M) allocated to the Council by the Scottish Government in the Local Government Finance Settlement in January 2021;

     

  10. to agree the holding of a provisional additional contribution of £0.6M, pending resolution of the partnership’s financial position for 2021/22 and to agree that a further decision will be brought back to a future meeting of the Council on a potential further transfer of the £0.6M held in reserve, once the partnership’s financial position for 2021/22 is finalised;

     

  11. to agree the fees and charges for Council Services for 2021/22 as set out in Appendix 4 of the officer report;

     

  12. to agree that the Total Budgeted Expenditure to be Funded in 2021/22 be set at £228.214M as detailed in Appendix 1 of this Motion;

     

  13. to agree that a Band D Council Tax of £1,344.28 be set for 2021/22 as detailed in Appendix 1 of this Motion, which represents a freezing of Council Tax at current year 2020/21 levels;

     

  14. to agree that a Council Tax be paid in respect of chargeable dwellings in each of the other valuation bands in accordance with Section 74(1) of the Local Government Finance Act, 1992;

     

  15. to note that the 2021/22 Non-Domestic Rate Standard poundage rate has been set by the Scottish Government at 49.0p in the pound, with the Large Business Supplement poundage rates being set at 50.3p for properties with a rateable value of between £51,000 and £95,000, and 51.6p for properties with a rateable value over £95,000;

     

  16. to note the Prudential Indicators for 2021/22 as detailed in Appendix 4 of this Motion;

     

  17. to agree that the Chief Executive and the Chief Finance Officer will correspond with the Board of Active Stirling, to give assurances that the Council will continue to provide such financial support necessary to underpin the loss of income suffered by the organisation as a result of the pandemic. Such support will be met from COVID income support funding provided to the Council by the Scottish Government;

     

  18. to agree the establishment of a Member-Officer group, comprising the Leader and Depute Leader of the SNP, Labour and Conservative groups, as well as Councillor Tollemache, representing the Scottish Green Party, to oversee the development of a comprehensive COVID-19 recovery plan for the entire Council. That group should develop its own Terms of Reference for discussion and approval by the Council at its meeting of 29 April, and will also present at that meeting of the Council a detailed
    draft workplan;

  19. to note that the Council will be facing a likely estimated cumulative revenue budget funding gap of c.£28M over the five years 2021/22 to 2025/26 based on current business plan assumptions, as set out in Appendix 3 to this motion. In line with the Ten Year Strategy (Thriving Stirling), work will continue on the long-term planning process in order to set balanced budgets for the following years; and

     

  20. to agree that officers will work with Elected Members to ensure that the financial planning for the 2022/23 financial year, as well as future financial years will be commenced early in 2021/22, and that any additional financial pressures or mitigating measures be considered on a rolling basis.

 

 

Image 1 Budget Proposal 2021/22

Image 2 Budget Proposal 2021/22

Image 3 Budget Proposal 2021/22

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX 4

Prudential Indicators

 

 

 

Estimate of Capital Expenditure

 

 

 

 

21/22

22/23

23/24

 

£000

£000

£000

General Services

29,297

50,686

TBC

HRA Programme

23,237

TBC

TBC

Total

52,534

50,686

0

 

Estimate of Capital Expenditure PER MOTION

 

 

 

 

21/22

22/23

23/24

 

£000

£000

£000

General Services

26,615

50,686

TBC

HRA Programme

23,237

9,962

10,259

Total

49,852

60,648

10,259

 

Estimate of Capital Financing Requirement

 

21/22

 

22/23

 

23/24

 

£000

£000

£000

General Services

215,052

233,151

240,916

Housing Revenue Account

71,965

71,514

71,172

Capital Financing Requirement

287,017

304,665

312,088

PFI Liability

(49,724)

(47,172)

(44,439)

Underlying Borrowing Requirement

237,293

257,493

267,649

 

Gross Debt and the Capital Financing Requirement

 

 

 

 

21/22

22/23

23/24

 

£000

£000

£000

CFR Comparator

312,088

320,350

327,200

Gross Debt

280,045

295,292

299,551

Does Gross Debt exceed the Capital

 

 

 

Financing Requirement for the current

No

No

No

year and following 2 years?

 

 

 

 

Ratio of Financing Costs to Net Revenue Stream

 

General Services

8%

8%

8%

Housing Revenue Account

22%

22%

22%

 

12

 

 

 

APPENDIX 4

Authorised Limit and Operational Boundary for

External Debt

 

 

 

21/22

22/23

23/24

 

£000

£000

£000

External Borrowing (current levels)

135,114

132,714

129,549

PFI / PPP Liability

49,724

47,172

44,439

Est. Temporary / New Borrowing

95,207

115,407

125,563

Actual External Debt

280,045

295,293

299,551

 

Authorised Limit for External Debt

 

322,578

 

351,035

 

325,701

Operational Boundary for External Debt

309,363

329,274

323,791

 

Maturity Structure of Borrowings

 

 

 

 

Fixed & Variable

Fixed

Variable

 

Lower Limit

Upper Limit

Upper Limit

Under 12 months

0%

30%

100%

12 months and within 24 months

0%

30%

50%

24 months and within 5 years

0%

30%

40%

5 years and within 10 years

0%

40%

30%

10 years and within 20 years

0%

45%

20%

20 years and within 30 years

0%

45%

20%

30 years and within 40 years

0%

45%

20%

40 years and over

0%

100%

20%

1 Appendix B

 

Stirling Council
Meeting on 11 March 2021

 

Motion

Proposed General Services Capital Programme 2021/22

 

 

Proposed by Councillor Margaret Brisley
Seconded by Councillor Alison Laurie

That Council agrees:

  1. to note the draft General Services Capital Programme for 21/22 as set out in Appendix 1 and 2 of the officer report on this agenda including a shortfall of resources of £8.056M

     

  2. to agree the following amendments to the draft capital programme in the officer report:

     

    Deferral of Capital Investment Priorities within 21/22:

    Viewforth Link Road (£1.910M less £0.610M external grant) (£1.300M)

     

    Additional Resource Approvals within 21/22:

    Additional prudential borrowing in 21/22 to fund capital programme priorities £3.984M Use of reserves for Capital Funded from Current Revenue £2.000M

     

  3. to note that the above programme amendments will allow a General Services Capital Programme to be set for 21/22 within the resources available.

     

  4. to agree a revised capital spending programme for 21/22 totalling £26.615M, as set out in Appendix 1 to this motion.

     

  5. to note the recommendation in the Revenue Budget that the following projects be removed from the capital programme and funded from available revenue resources to address COVID‐19
    recovery:

    Digital Investment in Education ‐ Replacement Chromebooks £0.422M

    Digital Transformation ‐ VMware Horizon (VDI) Proof of Concept £0.350M

     

  6. to agree that officers will carry out a comprehensive review, and bring back to a future meeting of the Council the draft 10‐year capital programme which will set a longer term outlook on the
    council funding requirements taking account of the needs for capital investment to support the Council’s strategic priorities.

     

     

    PROPOSED GENERAL SERVICES CAPITAL PROGRAMME 2021/22

    Original

     

    Adjustments

     

    Revised

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    COVID-19

    Reschedules

     

     

     

     

     

    plus Original
    Provisional
    Programme

     

    Officer
    Proposed
    Adjustments

     

    Proposed
    Revised
    Programme

     

    2021/22

     

    2021/22

     

    2021/22

    Investment Theme

    £

     

    £

     

    £

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Core Capital Programme Projects

Communities

Investment in Community Facilities

200,000

 

(40,000)

 

160,000

Communities

Cemeteries Infrastructure Improvements

100,000

 

0

 

100,000

Communities

Multi-agency Hubs (locality service delivery)

250,000

 

(250,000)

 

0

Communities

Library Infrastructure Improvements

200,000

 

0

 

200,000

Communities

New / Extended Cemeteries (Strathblane, Bannockburn & Logie)

250,000

 

(185,000)

 

65,000

Communities

Infrastructure to support Sustainable Growth Agreement

30,000

 

0

 

30,000

Communities

Plean Community Hub

200,000

 

(100,000)

 

100,000

Communities

Bandeath Dog Shelter Refurbishment

300,000

 

0

 

300,000

Communities

Dementia Friendly Infrastructure

50,000

 

0

 

50,000

Communities

Cornton Regeneration

80,000

 

0

 

80,000

Communities

Bannockburn library - Makers Space

270,000

 

0

 

270,000

Communities

Bannockburn former RBS building - additional works

400,000

 

0

 

400,000

Communities

Dunblane Football Pitch

80,000

 

0

 

80,000

Education

Investment in Education Estate (lifecycle investment)

750,000

 

(250,000)

 

500,000

Education

Education Estate - Major Investment Priorities

598,555

 

500,000

 

1,098,555

Education

Secondary School specialist provision (complex needs & ASD)

245,000

 

215,000

 

460,000

Education

School Learning Spaces

100,000

 

0

 

100,000

Education

Bannockburn High School - Suitability Works

150,000

 

(150,000)

 

0

Education

Specialist provision remodelling for SEBN primary & high schools

400,000

 

(400,000)

 

0

Education

Borestone Primary School (including LDP growth)

993,000

 

(442,000)

 

551,000

Education

Drymen Primary School & Nursery Project (including LDP growth)

1,330,850

 

(1,330,850)

 

0

Education

LDP Growth Mitigation - Durieshill

200,000

 

(150,000)

 

50,000

 

APPENDIX 1

COVID-19

Reschedules

 

 

 

 

plus Original
Provisional
Programme

 

Officer
Proposed
Adjustments

 

Proposed
Revised
Programme

2021/22

 

2021/22

 

2021/22

£

 

£

 

£

 

 

Investment Theme

 

Education

LDP Growth Mitigation - South Stirling Gateway Primary School

150,000

 

(50,000)

 

100,000

Education

LDP Growth Mitigation - Cambusbarron PS

100,000

 

(100,000)

 

0

IT & Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation - General Technology & Devices

300,000

 

(300,000)

 

0

IT & Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation - Technology & Devices - replacement of corporate switching infrastructure

0

 

125,000

 

125,000

IT & Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation - Technology & Devices - Hardware Refreshes

0

 

50,000

 

50,000

IT & Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation - Technology & Devices - Investment in Toolsets for ICT

0

 

75,000

 

75,000

IT & Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation - Technology & Devices - Firewalls for Education Point of Presence

0

 

75,000

 

75,000

IT & Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation - Technology & Devices - Remote Access Infrastructure Replacement

0

 

50,000

 

50,000

IT & Digital Transformation

Rolling Replacement of PCs & Laptops (Year 1 of 5 Year rolling programme)

0

 

100,000

 

100,000

IT & Digital Transformation

Digital Investment in Education

250,000

 

(250,000)

 

0

IT & Digital Transformation

Digital Investment in Education - Interactive Whiteboards

0

 

44,000

 

44,000

IT & Digital Transformation

Digital Investment in Education - Wireless Infrastructure

0

 

30,000

 

30,000

Roads & Infrastructure

Road Infrastructure Improvement Fund (road surfacing & footway works)

4,832,875

 

(232,875)

 

4,600,000

Roads & Infrastructure

Major Flood Alleviation Schemes (Bridge of Allan, Callander & Stirling)

680,000

 

775,000

 

1,455,000

Roads & Infrastructure

Stevenson Bridge Refurbishment

1,000,000

 

(1,000,000)

 

0

Roads & Infrastructure

Street Lighting Investment Programme

300,000

 

0

 

300,000

Roads & Infrastructure

Bridges Capital - Major Projects

350,000

 

0

 

350,000

Roads & Infrastructure

Play Areas, Parks & Open Spaces,

300,000

 

(125,000)

 

175,000

Roads & Infrastructure

Road Safety Plan - Implementation of Accident Sites Remedial Programme

250,000

 

(150,000)

 

100,000

Roads & Infrastructure

Community Flood Management Projects

320,000

 

(120,000)

 

200,000

Roads & Infrastructure

Bus Shelter Improvement Programme

50,000

 

0

 

50,000

Roads & Infrastructure

Transfer Station - Cat 3 Bay New Build

0

 

323,500

 

323,500

Roads & Infrastructure

Railway Station Bridge Underpass

0

 

650,000

 

650,000

Social Care

Private Sector Housing Grant - Major Disabled Adaption Grants

450,000

 

0

 

450,000

 

APPENDIX 1

COVID-19

Reschedules

 

 

 

 

plus Original
Provisional
Programme

 

Officer
Proposed
Adjustments

 

Proposed
Revised
Programme

2021/22

 

2021/22

 

2021/22

£

 

£

 

£

 

 

Investment Theme

 

Social Care

Private Sector Housing Grant - Care & Repair Scheme

75,000

 

0

 

75,000

Social Care

Private Sector Housing Grant - Lead Pipe Replacement Grants

15,000

 

0

 

15,000

Social Care

Telecare (equipment)

150,000

 

0

 

150,000

Social Care

Kelly Court Sheltered Housing alterations

15,000

 

(15,000)

 

0

Social Care

SWIFT Replacement System

1,273,000

 

(173,000)

 

1,100,000

Social Care

Support Accommodation for Care Leavers- Beech Gardens

0

 

150,000

 

150,000

Sport & Leisure

Investment in Community Sport Facilities

25,000

 

(25,000)

 

0

Sport & Leisure

Stirling Sports Village (Lifecycle Investment & Development)

250,000

 

(250,000)

 

0

Stirling Economy

Rural Broadband

150,000

 

(50,000)

 

100,000

Stirling Economy

Commercial Property Investment Programme

100,000

 

(100,000)

 

0

Stirling Economy

Investment in historic city centre buildings

100,000

 

(100,000)

 

0

Stirling Economy

Stirling Council funded projects outwith core deal

767,000

 

(767,000)

 

0

Stirling Economy

City Centre Investments - Street Lighting

0

 

150,000

 

150,000

Stirling Economy

City Centre Investments - Public Realm

0

 

100,000

 

100,000

Stirling Economy

Stirling Council funded projects outwith core deal - City Lighting Strategy - BID Funding

75,000

 

(75,000)

 

0

Stirling Economy

Stirling Council funded projects outwith core deal - Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme

658,000

 

(658,000)

 

0

 

20,163,280

 

(4,426,225)

 

15,737,055

 

Total Core Programme

 

APPENDIX 1

 

COVID-19

Reschedules

 

 

 

 

plus Original
Provisional
Programme

 

Officer
Proposed
Adjustments

 

Proposed
Revised
Programme

2021/22

 

2021/22

 

2021/22

Investment Theme

£

 

£

 

£

 

2. Projects Supported by External Grants & Contributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education

Early Learning & Childcare 1140 Expansion (CFCR Funded)

800,000

 

100,000

 

900,000

Education

Chromebooks for all P4 pupils

0

 

280,000

 

280,000

Roads & Infrastructure

Electrical Vehicles & Charging Infrastructure (Switched on Towns & Cities)

121,197

 

0

 

121,197

Roads & Infrastructure

Electric Vehicles LAIP

0

 

200,000

 

200,000

Roads & Infrastructure

Traffic Management & Community Road Safety (CWSS)

200,000

 

213,000

 

413,000

Roads & Infrastructure

LTS - Towns, Villages, Rural Area Transport Plan (Balfron)

400,000

 

0

 

400,000

Roads & Infrastructure

LTS - Active Travel & Placemaking - Manor Powis

1,400,000

 

(1,385,000)

 

15,000

Roads & Infrastructure

LTS - Active Travel & Placemaking - City Centre South

750,000

 

(640,000)

 

110,000

Roads & Infrastructure

LTS - City Traffic Control & Monitoring Infrastructure

10,000

 

(10,000)

 

0

Roads & Infrastructure

Viewforth Link Road & City Centre South Transport Package

2,400,000

 

(2,400,000)

 

0

Stirling Economy

Smart Cities - Open Data

66,000

 

7,500

 

73,500

Stirling Economy

Callander Infrastructure & Tourist Resort

500,000

 

(300,000)

 

200,000

Total Projects Supported by External Grants & Contributions

6,647,197

 

(3,934,500)

 

2,712,697

 

3. Projects to be funded by specific Prudential Borrowing

 

Existing PBB Options

Customer Service Improvement Programme

200,000

 

(200,000)

 

0

Existing PBB Options

Solar Canopies at the Peak

598,000

 

1,325,590

 

1,923,590

Additional Investment

Public Realm & environmental improvements (Fallin, Plean & Hillpark)

466,000

 

280,000

 

746,000

Roads & Infrastructure

Electric buses - Stirling Park and Ride

1,450,000

 

(1,450,000)

 

0

Roads & Infrastructure

Depot Rationalisation Project

1,000,000

 

(1,000,000)

 

0

Waste & Recycling

Bin Policy Implementation

0

 

220,000

 

220,000

Education

Early Learning & Childcare 1140 Expansion

0

 

1,300,000

 

1,300,000

Total Projects to be funded by specific Prudential Borrowing

3,714,000

 

475,590

 

4,189,590

 

APPENDIX 1

 

 

 

COVID-19

Reschedules

 

 

 

 

plus Original
Provisional
Programme

 

Officer
Proposed
Adjustments

 

Proposed
Revised
Programme

2021/22

 

2021/22

 

2021/22

Investment Theme

£

 

£

 

£

 

4. City Region Deal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City Region Deal

Regional Digital Hubs (Cowie Regeneration)

833,333

 

133,318

 

966,651

City Region Deal

Digital District

1,000,000

 

(1,000,000)

 

0

City Region Deal

Development of Culture, Heritage & Tourism Assets

500,000

 

0

 

500,000

City Region Deal

National Tartan Centre

3,602,000

 

(3,602,000)

 

0

City Region Deal

Energy Masterplan

33,333

 

(33,333)

 

0

City Region Deal

Active Travel Routes (including Walk Cycle Live Stirling)

3,603,281

 

(1,094,617)

 

2,508,664

 

Total City Region Deal Projects

9,571,947

 

(5,596,632)

 

3,975,315

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENDITURE PROGRAMME

40,096,424

 

(13,481,767)

 

26,614,657

 

APPENDIX 1

COVID-19

Reschedules

 

 

 

 

plus Original
Provisional
Programme

 

Officer
Proposed
Adjustments

 

Proposed
Revised
Programme

2021/22

 

2021/22

 

2021/22

£

 

£

 

£

 

Investment Theme

 

5. Capital Programme Resources

General Capital Grant

General Capital Grant

(7,795,000)

 

(411,000)

 

(8,206,000)

Specific Grant (Scot Govt)

CWSS (Cycling, Walking, Safer Streets)

0

 

(413,000)

 

(413,000)

Capital Receipts Reserve

Capital Receipts (Kildean)

0

 

(237,500)

 

(237,500)

Capital Receipts (new)

Capital Receipts (Viewforth sites)

(1,500,000)

 

0

 

(1,500,000)

Grants & Contributions

Total Capital Grants & Contributions

(14,050,655)

 

8,039,658

 

(6,010,997)

Developer Contributions (new)

Total Developer Contributions (new)

(267,564)

 

150,782

 

(116,782)

Developer Contributions (new)

Total Developer Contributions (new) Covid Re-scheduling

(349,266)

 

349,266

 

0

CFCR

Total CFCR

(800,000)

 

(100,000)

 

(900,000)

CFCR

Use of General Fund Reserves

0

 

(2,000,000)

 

(2,000,000)

Prudential Borrowing

Total Prudential Borrowing for Specific Investment Projects

(2,051,000)

 

(5,179,378)

 

(7,230,378)

 

 

TOTAL ESTIMATED AVAILABLE CAPITAL RESOURCES (26,813,485) 198,828

 

(26,614,657)

 

 

 

SHORTFALL RESOURCES vs SPENDING OPTIONS

13,282,939

 

(13,282,939)

 

0

 

 

APPENDIX 1

Appendix C

 

SPECIAL MEETING of the STIRLING COUNCIL to be held as a VIRTUAL MEETING via

MICROSOFT TEAMS on THURSDAY 11 MARCH 2021

 

Budget Proposals and Amendments in terms of Standing Orders 44 to 49
Information/Advice from Officers

1. Budget Proposals Submitted by the Administration

 

  1. Revenue Budget & Determination of Council Tax 2021/22

    (Proposed Councillor Margaret Brisley, seconded Councillor Alison Laurie)

     

    Detailed Officer advice and information on the Revenue Budget is set out in the reports submitted with the agenda.

     

    If adopted, this Motion would allow the Council to set a legal and competent General Fund Revenue Budget and Council Tax for 2021/22. The budget to be set as a result of this Motion would be within available resources. The policy priority spending options set out in Appendix 3 to the Motion, have been split between ongoing core commitments and commitments that would require to be reviewed in setting the 2022/23 budget.

     

    Appendix 3 sets out the multi-year impact of the policy growth items set out in the Motion. The Motion recognises that policy growth items to the value of £0.320M will have a funding implication for 2022/23 and beyond and that this commitment will need to be recognised in the financial planning for those years.

     

    Although the Motion provides the means for the Council to set a balanced budget for 2021/22, it also sets out the considerable financial challenge facing the Council in the coming years. In order that the Council can sufficiently address this challenge, using the existing set of planning assumptions, it is crucial that previous savings are delivered as per previous decisions and the decisions sought in this Motion. In order to address this considerable financial challenge, the measures to be considered will have to be deeper transformational options, rather than a large number of smaller value options.

     

    The Council will also have to work closely with its partners in the
    Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health & Social Care Partnership to ensure that the resources proposed for transfer by all three partners for 2021/22 will enable the partnership to continue to deliver essential services. It is being proposed in this Motion that the additional health and social care funding confirmed in the Local Government Finance Settlement in January 2021 be passed over in full by the Council, and from that respect the Council is complying with the terms of the letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, dated 28 January 2021, although additional funding may be passed to the partnership once its final financial position has been established, and a sum
    of £0.6M has been kept in reserve for that purpose.

     

    The Motion proposes that a sum of £2M be used from General Fund
    unallocated reserves to create additional capital programme resources. The Chief Finance Officer has provided advice on this, and has highlighted that this increases the risk of the Council not being able to adequately meet the other financial risks that it may face in the coming years, in particular the risk that the pay settlement for 2021/22 is agreed at a level than currently provided for in the revenue budget. The Administration has considered this advice and has drafted this Motion accordingly.

     

    Officer advice has already been provided in the preparation of this Motion and officers are satisfied that the Motion takes due account of the information as set out in the report submitted with the agenda.

     

  2. Proposed General Service Capital Programme

(Proposed Councillor Margaret Brisley, seconded Councillor Alison Laurie)

 

Detailed Officer advice and information on the Capital Programme is set out
in the report submitted with the agenda.

 

If adopted, this Motion would allow the Council to set a legal and competent
General Services Capital Programme for 2021/22. The costs of financing the
prudential borrowing of £3.984M identified in the provisional programme
resources has been recognised in the Revenue Budget proposals in that
Motion. Officer advice has already been provided in the preparation of this
Motion and officers are satisfied that the Motion takes due account of the
information as set out in the report submitted with the agenda.

SPECIAL MEETING of the STIRLING COUNCIL to be held as a VIRTUAL MEETING via

MICROSOFT TEAMS on THURSDAY 11 MARCH 2021

 

Budget Proposals and Amendments in terms of Standing Orders 44 & 49
Information/Advice from Officers

1. Budget Amendment Submitted by the Opposition

 

  1. General Fund Revenue Budget & Determination Of Council Tax 2021/22

    (Proposed Councillor Neil Benny, seconded Councillor Martin Earl)

     

    Detailed Officer advice and information on the Revenue Budget is set out in the reports submitted with the agenda.

     

    If adopted, this Amendment would allow the Council to set a legal and
    competent General Fund Revenue Budget and Council Tax for 2021/22. The budget to be set as a result of this Amendment would be within available resources. The policy priority spending options set out in Appendix 2 to the Amendment, have been split between ongoing core commitments and commitments that would require to be reviewed in setting the 2022/23 budget. The delivery of the 2021/22 and subsequent years’ budgets will be influenced by the successful achievement of savings previously approved, as well as the new budget reduction options recommended for approval as set out in the Amendment.

     

    The savings that have been introduced in the Amendment would require
    additional discussion between officers and Members to establish exactly how the required savings would be met for 2021/22, particularly the savings from the removal of automatic pay progression and the saving from the reprofiling of Council Priorities. In addition, the proposal to end automatic pay progression would require discussion and negotiation with the workforce and would require an implementation scheme to be developed, and these processes would take time to progress.

     

    Appendix 3 sets out the multi-year impact of the savings and policy growth items set out in the Amendment. The Amendment recognises that policy growth items to the value of £0.320M will have a funding implication for 2022/23 and beyond and that this commitment will need to be recognised in the financial planning for those years.

     

    Although the Amendment provides the means for the Council to set a
    balanced budget for 2021/22, it also sets out the considerable financial
    challenge facing the Council in the coming years. In order that the Council can sufficiently address this challenge, using the existing set of planning assumptions, it is crucial that previous savings, and those proposed as part of this Amendment are delivered as per previous decisions and the decisions sought in this Amendment. In order to address this considerable financial challenge, the measures to be considered will have to be deeper transformational options, rather than a large number of smaller value options.

     

    The Council will also have to work closely with its partners in the
    Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health & Social Care Partnership to ensure that the resources proposed for transfer by all three partners for 2021/22 will enable the partnership to continue to deliver essential services. It is being proposed in this Motion that the additional health and social care funding confirmed in the Local Government Finance Settlement in January 2021 be passed over in full by the Council, and from that respect the Council is complying with the terms of the letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, dated 28 January 2021, although additional funding may be passed to the partnership once its final financial position has been established, and a sum of £0.6M has been kept in reserve for that purpose.

     

    The Amendment proposes that a sum of £2M be used from General Fund
    unallocated reserves to create additional capital programme resources. The Chief Finance Officer has provided advice on this, and has highlighted that this increases the risk of the Council not being able to adequately meet the other financial risks that it may face in the coming years, in particular the risk that the pay settlement for 2021/22 is agreed at a level than currently provided for in the revenue budget.

     

    Officer advice has already been provided in the preparation of this
    Amendment and officers are satisfied that the Amendment takes due account of the information as set out in the report submitted with the agenda.

     

  2. Proposed General Services Capital Programme 2021/22

(Proposed Councillor Neil Benny, seconded Councillor Neil Benny)

 

Detailed Officer advice and information on the Capital Programme is set out
in the report submitted with the agenda.

 

If adopted, this Amendment could delay the implementation of a capital
programme for 2021/22, and would make the delivery of some projects more
difficult to achieve. Accordingly, officers would need to reconsider the viability
of some projects, although if additional information were to come forward
within a short timescale, and a further meeting of the Council could be quickly
convened to consider proposals, not all proposed projects would be affected.