Medway Elects
Capital and Revenue Budgets 2020/21

20 February 2020

Motion

A report presented to council provided details of the revenue and capital budget proposals for 2020/21.

The cabinet had considered initial budget proposals on 19 November 2019, which had been developed in accordance with the principles set out in the medium term financial strategy. In accordance with the budget and policy framework rules within the constitution, the overview and scrutiny committees had then considered the cabinet's proposals prior to cabinet's consideration of the draft budget on 4 February 2020.

It was noted that an overarching diversity ompact assessment, as set out in appendix 8 to the report, summarised the results of the diversity impact assessments which had been completed for each of the services affected by the proposed budget changes.

The leader of the council, Councillor Jarrett, supported by the deputy leader and portfolio holder for housing and community services, Councillor Doe, proposed the recommendations set out in section 22 of the report, together with the following detailed changes listed below in relation to recommendation 22.4:

Fund existing deficit balance contained in the report £326,200
A further 1% increment in pay incorporating MedPay, taking this year's increase to 2% £601,200
Dickens 150 £150,000
Climate Change £100,000
Child Friendly City £100,000
Leader's initiatives £27,600
Total £1,305,000

The £150,000 funding for Dickens 150 will be non-recurring.

This additional spending of £1,305,000 is to be funded by an NDR surplus of £708,500, a more beneficial housing benefit subsidy of £500,000 and an improved Medway Norse rebate of £96,500.

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

Vote Result

Votes by Councillor

For For For 31

The following councillors voted in favour of the motion:

Against Against Against 21

The following councillors voted against 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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