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To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 29 January 2020 for signature by the Mayor as Chair of the Council.
That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 29 January 2020, be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
To receive any announcements from the Mayor, Leader of the Council, Members of the Executive, Chairs of Scrutiny Committees and the Head of Paid Service.
(a) Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year’s Honours
The Mayor took the opportunity to recognise those residents named in Her Majesty the Queen's New Year Honours List, namely:
Professor Colin Gareth Bailey of Altrincham awarded the citation of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for (CBE) services to Engineering;
Karen Ruth James of Altrincham awarded the citation of Officer
of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the National Health Service;
Jenifer Burden of Stretford awarded the citation of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Education; and
Joanne Kenny of Sale awarded the citation of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Education.
The Mayor advised that he had written to the recipients to convey the Council’s congratulations.
(b) Civic Funeral
The Mayor conveyed the personal thanks of Mrs. Hazel Bowker and her family, to the Council and to all those who had attended former Councillor Ray Bowker, MBE’s funeral service on 14 February 2020. Ray’s family had been overwhelmed by the many cards and kind words of sympathy expressed.
(c) Councillor Mrs. Denise Haddad
Announcing that it was Councillor Mrs. Haddad’s last Council meeting, having decided to stand down at the next elections, the Mayor was joined by the Council in conveying appreciation for all her efforts on behalf of Trafford and in wishing her well for the future.
Questions By Members
This is an opportunity for Members of Council to ask the Mayor, Members of the Executive or the Chairs of any Committee or Sub-Committee a question on notice under Procedure Rule 10.2.
The Mayor reported that this item would be deferred to the next Meeting of the Council.
• To consider and adopt the resolutions contained the joint reports of the Executive Member for Finance and Investment and the Corporate Director of Finance and Systems, presented to the Executive on 19 February 2020 and set out (a) - (d) below.
• To set and approve the Council Tax Requirement for the District for the year beginning 1 April 2020, in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as amended.
• To set and approve, in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended, the amounts as the amounts of the Council Tax for the year 2020/2021 for each of the categories of dwellings included in the respective valuation bands A to H.
(Note: PROCEDURAL ARRANGEMENTS - In respect of the main item of business on the agenda, the Mayor announced that the Leader of the Council (or his nominee) would have a maximum of 15 minutes to make the initial speech and a further maximum of 15 minutes to summarise the debate. The Leader of the Main Opposition Group (or his nominee) would have a maximum of 15 minutes, whereas, the Leaders of the Minority Opposition Groups (or their respective nominees) would each have a maximum of 10 minutes to make their initial speeches. Each Opposition Group Leader (or their respective nominees) would each have a further maximum of 5 minutes to summarise on behalf of their respective Groups.
The Mayor also outlined the approach for dealing with amendments, indicating that notice should be given during the initial speeches. Should any amendments be made to the main motion, they were to be dealt with in the order in which notice was given and when called upon were to be moved without further comment. Time for seconders of amendments and for all other speeches would be restricted to a maximum of 3 minutes.)
The Executive Member for Finance presented a number of reports setting out the proposed budget for the forthcoming year which had been recommended by the Executive at its meeting held earlier that evening.
It was moved and seconded that the Executive’s recommendations set out in each of the following reports: Executive’s Revenue Budget Proposals 2020/21 and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021/22 – 2022/23; Capital Strategy, Capital Programme and Prudential and Local Indicators 2020-2023; Treasury Management Strategy 2020/21 – 2022/23; Fees, Charges and Allowances 2020/21, be approved subject to the inclusion of the following:
Due to the late publication of the Final Local Government Finance Settlement, Council delegate authority to the Corporate Director of Finance and Systems in consultation with the Executive Member for Finance and Investment to vary the level of Budget Support Reserve needed to balance the 2020/21 revenue budget in the event of any change at final settlement.
and that the Council sets and approves the amounts as the amounts of the Council Tax for the year 2020/2021, in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as amended, for each of the categories of dwellings included in the respective valuation bands A to H.
Councillor Myers responded to the Motion on behalf of the Conservative Group and gave notice of an amendment. Councillor Newgrosh, on behalf of the Liberal Democrats Group and then Councillor Coggins, on behalf of the Green Party Group also responded to the Motion.
Dealing with the amendment signified, it was moved and seconded as an amendment that:
“The Council notes the request of the Executive to consider and adopt the resolutions contained the joint reports of the Executive Member for Finance and the Corporate Director of Finance and Systems, presented to the Executive on 19 February 2020.
agrees these recommendations, subject to the following
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Informal Meeting of the Council
Note: At the conclusion of the meeting it is intended to hold an informal meeting of the Council to consider issuing invitations to Members of Council to be the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Borough for 2020/2021.
(Note: At the conclusion of the formal meeting of the Council, an informal meeting was held to extend an invitation to:
Councillor Laurence Walsh to be the Mayor of the Borough of Trafford for 2020/21;
Councillor Chris Boyes to be the Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Trafford for 2020/21.
The informal meeting concluded at 9.05 p.m.)