{meta} Agenda for Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing on Thursday, 23 January 2020, 10.00 am

Agenda and decisions

Venue: The Boardroom, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton. View directions

Contact: Claire Edwards 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence.

2.

Declarations of interest.

3.

Decision Items (Part 1 - Open to the Public):

4.

Review of the Discretionary Rate Relief Scheme 2020/21. pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

I, Councillor Hinds, Lead Member for Finance and Support Services, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution, do herby approve:-

 

·         The revised Discretionary Rate Relief scheme 2020/21.

·         The revised arrangements for making the awards for new applications and considering reviews.

 

The Reasons are: The Discretionary Rate Relief scheme was last reviewed 2014.  Ratepayers that are currently in receipt of the discretionary rate relief award were given one year’s notice of the decision to revoke or a variation taking effect at the expiry of 2019/20 financial year.

 

Support the wider aims of Salford City Council, to continue making a difference for Salford and its people and aim to create the most social, environmental, and economic value when spending Council funds to make the City a better place to live and work.

 

Options considered and rejected were: A number of approaches were considered based on a range of different schemes implemented by other local authorities, extensive analysis into the financial and social impact of these has led to the consideration of a local scheme with 2 distinct target groups.

 

The first is commercial investorswith the aim of supporting strategic regeneration activity and economic growth of the city. The second is targeting the community and voluntary organisations that make a difference to Salford people

 

The timeline for the development of the first scheme is not in line with Local scheme 2, therefore further detail and criteria will be submitted for approval to be included in the Council’s Discretionary Relief Scheme during 2020/21.

                           

Assessment of Risk: In the absence of an approved scheme ahead of annual billing may result in high volumes of customer enquiries with no clear working practices to support the business rates administration. Potential Impact on start of year collection.

 

The source of funding is: 99% of the costs of relief granted are currently borne by council tax payers                                                                                 

 

Legal Advice obtained:  The proposals conform to the legal requirements of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, as amended by the Localism Act, and since the required notice of proposed amendments to the scheme and notification that new applications will be required it is legally possible to proceed in accordance with the report’s recommendations.

Financial Advice obtained:  

 

The estimated costs of the discretionary relief scheme for 2020/21 included within the council’s budget projections for 2020/21 are based on a continuation of the existing scheme. If actual scheme costs increase in 2020/21 due to the implementation of the new policy, this will reduce the net business rates income for the year and will result in a budget pressure to be factored into the council’s 2021/22 budget

                                                                                  

Contact Officer: Jane Betts- Service Manager –Business Rates        Tel. 0161 793 2710

 

 

 

This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member.

 

The appropriate Scrutiny Panel to call-in the decision is the Overview and Scrutiny Board.

 

 

 

 

Signed: Councillor Bill Hinds                    Date: 23 January 2020

Lead Member for Finance and Support Services

 

 

FOR COMMITTEE  ...  view the full decision text for item 4.

5.

Write Off of Irrecoverable Debt - Business Rates. pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

I, Councillor Hinds, Lead Member for Finance and Support Services, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution, do herby approve the proposed write-off of irrecoverable debts as outlined below:

 

Business Rates £ 837,006.46                                  

 

The write-off of irrecoverable debts is provided for in the Forward Plan.

The Reasons are: The liabilities mentioned in the report for write-off are irrecoverable.

Options considered and rejected were: To leave outstanding amounts on the accounts for a further period.

Assessment of Risk: The write-off irrecoverable amounts is an essential part of account administration.

The source of funding is: The bad debt provision

Legal Advice obtained: N/A

Financial Advice obtained: The bad debt provision has been confirmed.

 

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process.

Some of the relevant documents contain exempt or confidential information and are not available for public inspection. Other documents which are in the public domain are the relevant write-off strategies

 

Contact Officer: Jane Betts- Service Manager –Business Rates        Tel. 0161 793 2710 

 

This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member.

The appropriate Scrutiny Panel to call-in the decision is the Overview and Scrutiny Board.

 

 

 

Signed: Councillor Bill Hinds                    Date: 23 January 2020

Lead Member for Finance and Support Services

 

 

FOR COMMITTEE SERVICES USE ONLY

 

This decision was published on 23 January 2020.

 

This decision will come in force at 4.00pm on 30 January 2020, unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules

 

6.

Exclusion of the Public.

7.

Decision Items (Part 2 - Closed to the Public): No Items.

8.

Any other business.