{meta} Agenda for Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing on Thursday, 19 March 2020, 10.00 am

Agenda and decisions

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

Contact: Claire Edwards 

No. Item


Apologies for absence.


Declarations of interest.


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


Write-off of Irrecoverable Debt - Housing Benefit Overpayments. pdf icon PDF 63 KB


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 hereby approve the proposed write-off of irrecoverable debts as outlined below: -


Housing Benefit Overpayments              £   148,645.31                                 


All the amounts included in this report are within the £350,000 limit set for Lead Member approvals

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 of 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: Penny Higgins – Service Manager – Council Tax               Tel. 0161 793 3640


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 Hinds                                             Date: 19 March 2020

Lead Member for Finance and Support Services



This decision was published on 19 March 2020.

This decision will come into force at 4.00pm on 26 March 2020 unless it is called-in in accordance with the decision-making process rules.




New Housing Proposals: Capital Programme Virement. pdf icon PDF 65 KB


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 hereby approve: -


The virement of £0.5m from the 2019/20 and 2020/21 Place Capital programme to support work on the Council’s new build housing proposals.


The Reasons are:

The Council is working up proposals to deliver 300 new build housing units across the City. £0.5m of Funding is required to assist in the development of a detailed business case for these proposals


Capital resource of £0.5 m has been identified from within the current and 20/21 property repairs and maintenance allocations.  As a result, approval is sought to vire this value of capital resource to Housing.  The vired resource will allow the business case work for the new housing proposals to be concluded and allow the City Mayor to make a decision whether to proceed with the delivery of the new units.   


The virement of the monies will assist in the early delivery of the proposed units – subject to the approval of the business case. 


Options considered and rejected were: Not to undertake this action.


Assessment of Risk:

Low:  Any delay in agreeing the virement will reduce the development of the Council new build Housing business case.

Low: If the virement is not agreed, an alternative source of funding will be required if the required works are to proceed.


The source of funding is:

2019/20 and 2020/21 Place capital programme (Repairs and Maintenance)


Legal Advice obtained: Submitted by: Tony Hatton, Principal Solicitor, tel. 219 6323

As set out in the Council’s Constitution, each directorate is allocated a budget amount as their share of the annual revenue budget approved by Council, and capital virements (movement of budgets between approved capital schemes) are permitted subject to the approvals being made by authorised persons as set out in section 7.4 of the Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules. 

For a virement of the amount requested, it would appear that section 7.4 (g) applies and the approval of lead member for financial and support services in consultation with the section 151 officer is required. Section 7.4 reads as follows:


“7.4 The person set out below shall be entitled to vire across budget heads or budget amounts as follows:


a) a Chief Officer may vire between budget heads under their control and within their directorates £150,000 in any financial year.


b) the Member(s) of the Cabinet for a relevant service area(s) may, with the approval of the relevant Lead Member, vire between budget heads within their control sums of £150,000 and over, up to £350,000 in any financial year.


c) the elected City Mayor may vire sums up to £100,000,000 between the budget amounts of different directorates in any financial year.


d) the Assistant Director Finance shall be responsible for authorising all virements from the central inflation and contingency provision to other service budgets.


e) any such virement must be notified to the Assistant  ...  view the full decision text for item 3b


Exclusion of the Public.


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


Any other business.