Agenda and draft minutes

Finance Sub Committee - Tuesday, 14th July, 2020 6.00 pm

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Items
No. Item

F28/19

Appointment of Substitute Members

To receive a report on the appointment of Substitute Members.

 

Minutes:

There were no substitute members appointed.

F29/19

Declarations of Interest and Notification of any Dispensations Granted

You are invited to declare any registerable and/or non-registerable interests in matters appearing on the agenda, and the nature of that interest.

 

You are also invited to disclose any dispensation in relation to any registerable interests that have been granted to you in respect of any matters appearing on the agenda.

 

You are also requested to complete the Declarations of Interests card available at the meeting and return it to the Democratic Services Officer before leaving the meeting.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest reported.

F30/19

Minutes pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 11 February 2020.

Minutes:

Resolved that the minutes of the meeting held on 11 February 2020 be confirmed.

F31/19

Welfare Reform - Financial update pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To receive an update on the three schemes that provide financial support to residents, that were implemented or revised in April 2013 onwards because of on-going welfare reform, as well as an update on Universal Credit.

Minutes:

The Sub-committee considered the update report on the three schemes that were implemented or revised in April 2013 as a consequence of on-gong welfare reform.

Also provided was an update on the Full Services Universal Credit and an update on the additional support that had been provided through the Hardship Fund, which was introduced as part of the governments package of support due to Covid-19.

 

Discretionary Housing Payment Fund - DHF

 

The Discretionary Housing Payment Fund provided by the Department of Work and Pensions supports people in financial need who have a shortfall in their rent and housing benefit (or Universal Credit including the housing element).

 

Citizens Advice continued to work well with overall outcomes showed the significant monetary value its advice has on debts written off, income gains and rescheduled payments. Due to the current pandemic Citizens Advice had moved resources to provide telephone advice which was proving very responsive.

 

Allocated DHP funding for 2020/21 was £558,563, which was an increase of £109,173 from the previous year. The report provided details to the level of spend and unallocated funds, with additional information to the number of claimants.

 

Local Council Tax Support Scheme

 

The maximum amount of support provided to working age claimants was 85% for the financial year 2020/21, where pensionable aged claimants continued to receive 100% support.

 

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, there had been a 7% increase in working age caseload since March 2020, which had placed pressures on the cost of the scheme with 17,701 claimants in receipt of CTS, of which 9,963 were of working age and 7,738 pensionable age. The costs of awards were £15,406,416 with the anticipation of further increases as some employers may not take back furloughed employees.

 

Council Tax collection would be challenging, however, residents who had difficulty paying, would continue to be supported through flexible payment arrangements and access to debt and budget management advice.

 

Hardship Fund

 

As a response to Covid-19, the Government announced in March that provision of grant funding to local authorities in England would be made to support economically vulnerable people and households. North Tyneside received £2,024,000 Hardship Funding allocation, with the use to reduce the Council Tax liability of individuals, using discretionary powers to award £150 to each working age Council Tax Support recipient. It was reported that the hardship payment had made significant difference to working age Council Tax Support claimants with 58% having no Council Tax liability to pay in 2020/21.

 

Local Welfare Provision

 

The reported provided statistics for the period 1 april 2020 to the 26 June 2020, which showed an increase in applications for Local Welfare Support.

 

Of those applicants who were not provided funding by the authority were provided support and assistance by way of referrals and liaising with a number of other agencies detailed in the report.

 

Covid-19 Update

 

At the start of the pandemic there was increased worries from residents to the effect to buying food and the receipt of benefits during lockdown measures. The officer team  ...  view the full minutes text for item F31/19

F32/19

2019/20 Provisional Finance Outturn Report pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To report the provisional outturn for the General Fund, Schools Finance, Housing Revenue Account, the financial and delivery aspects of the Investment Plan and the delivery of the Treasury Management Strategy for the financial year 2019/20.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Resources presented the 2019/20 Provisional Finance Outturn report that had considered by Cabinet on 29 June 2020.

 

AGREED that 2019/20 Provisional Finance Outturn Report be noted

F33/19

Exclusion Resolution

The Sub-Committee is requested to pass the following resolution:

 

That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) and having applied a public interest test as defined in Part 2 of Schedule 12A of the Act, 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 as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

Minutes:

Resolved that under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) and having applied a public interest test as defined in Part 3 of Schedule 12A of the Act, 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 as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

 

F34/19

Business and Technical Partnerships Risks

To consider the attached report which details the risks rated as red contained within the Strategic and Operational Risk Registers of the Business and Technical Partnerships with ENGIE and Capita.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-committee considered the report that set out the latest monitoring update on risks which were rated high within the Strategic and Operational Risk Registers of the Business and Technical Partnerships with Engie and Capita.

 

AGREED that Business and Technical Partnership Risks report noted