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Capital and Revenue Budgets 2012/2013

23 February 2012

Motion

A report presented to Council presented proposals for the capital and revenue budgets for 2012/2013. The Cabinet had considered initial budget proposals on 29 November 2011, which had been developed in accordance with the principles set out in the Medium Term Financial Plan 2012/2015. The implications of both the Comprehensive Spending Review 2010 and Local Government Finance Settlement were set out in the report, together with proposed measures to address the 8.3% cut in government funding (excluding the Council Tax freeze grant).

The report gave details of the changes made since the Financial Settlement was reported to Cabinet in December 2011, summarised the budget build and gave details of the directorate savings proposals.

It was noted that the proposed capital programme for 2012/2013 and future years, incorporating existing schemes and new funding announcements to date, was approaching £91.9 million. The net revenue budget for 2011/2012 amounted to £333.4 million, including additions proposed at Cabinet on 14 February 2012, which it was reported would not require an increase in Council Tax but was predicated upon receipt of Government grant that equated to an equivalent 2.5% increase.

The report set out the requirements under equality legislation and a diversity impact assessment, that aggregated the impact of reductions in funding to services, was attached at Appendix 9 to the report.

It was noted that two supplementary agendas had been circulated to Members which set out a number of amendments and some revised recommendations.

Councillor Jarrett, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Deputy Leader, supported by Councillor Rodney Chambers, Leader of the Council, proposed the recommendations set out in the main report with the exceptions of recommendations of 22.1, 22.10 and 22.14 which were set out in Supplementary Agenda No. 2 with a further amendment to recommendation 22.10 as follows:

  • 22.10 - As part of the budget proposals, approve fees and charges, as recommended by Cabinet and set out in the booklet 'Medway Council - Fees and Charges April 2012' as set out in Appendix 8 with amendments as circulated in the addendum paper and that the fee for the meals delivery service remain at £3.90.

On being put to the vote, the motion was carried.

Vote Result

Votes by Councillor

For For For 34

The following councillors voted in favour of the motion:

Against Against Against 16

The following councillors voted against the motion:

Abstain Abstain Abstain 2

The following councillors abstained from voting on the motion:

Absent Absent Absent 3

The following councillors were absent from the vote:

To view the list of councillors who voted in favour or against the motion, those who abstained and those who were absent, click on the appropriate heading.

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