{meta} Agenda for Lead Member for Finance and Support Services Briefing on Thursday, 30 September 2021, 9.00 am

Agenda and decisions

Venue: Microsoft Teams Meeting. View directions

Contact: Claire Edwards 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence.

2.

Declarations of interest.

3.

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

3a

Sundry Debt Write Off Quarter 2. pdf icon PDF 136 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 hereby:

 

Approve the write-off of Sundry Debt to the value of £107,948.12. 

 

The Reasons are that these sundry debts, after exhaustive attempts to collect, are found to be irrecoverable for a variety of reasons e.g., liquidation, absconded, no longer trading, bankrupt, deceased, uneconomical to collect, and irrecoverable after court action etc.

 

Options considered and rejected were - Not relevant due to the nature (age and value) of these accounts. The majority of accounts relate to those proven uneconomical to collect, irrecoverable after court action, bankruptcy / liquidation.

 

Assessment of Risk - Low

 

The source of funding is the Council’s bad debt provision.

 

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by – legal advice has been obtained on each of the individual cases where court action has been taken.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by - Chris Hesketh

There is adequate provision for the sundry debt write offs from the councils provision for bad debt. The provision is reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that the provision is set at an appropriate level.

 

PROCUREMENT IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by – Not applicable

 

HR IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by – Not Applicable

 

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by – Not Applicable

 

OTHER DIRECTORATES CONSULTED: N/A

 

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process - The relevant documents contain exempt or confidential information and are not available for public inspection. The background documents would provide the identity of individuals or companies involved in the write off.

Contact Officer: Chris Hesketh                  Tel No. 0161 793 2668

 

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 Panel.

 

Signed: Councillor Hinds                            Dated: 30 September 2021

Lead Member for Finance & Support Services

 

FOR DEMOCRATIC SERVICES USE ONLY

 

This decision was published on 15 October 2021.

 

This decision will come into force at 4.00 p.m. on 22 October 2021, unless it is called-in in accordance with the decision-making process rules.

4.

Exclusion of the Public.

5.

Items for Decision (Part 2 - Closed to the Public):

5a

Insurance for Schools.

Decision:

Salford City Council - Record of Decision

 

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

 

·         Require that officers encourage all maintained primary and secondary schools to continue with the current insurance SLA arrangements with the council.

·         Authorise amendment to SLA costs charged to schools so that the rates are competitive with RPA.

 

Options considered and rejected were:

 

·         To remove schools’ cover from the current insurance specification and not offer an insurance SLA, instead encouraging schools to opt in to RPA arrangements.

·         To keep schools SLA rates at current high unit costs, not competitive with RPA

·         (See financial implications)

 

Assessment of Risk - The council’s Risk and insurance Officer has scrutinised the RPA offer (see detail at 4.2) and makes the following headline observation.

 

The RPA scheme is not an insurance scheme but a mechanism through which the cost of risks will be covered by government funds.  The risk to the LA is that the scheme does not cover all claims, and these fall back to the council.

 

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by – Not applicable

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by - Chris Hesketh

As set out in the report

 

PROCUREMENT IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by – Not applicable

 

HR IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by – Not Applicable

 

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPLICATIONS: Supplied by – Not Applicable

 

OTHER DIRECTORATES CONSULTED: Not Applicable

The following documents have been used to assist the decision process - The relevant documents contain exempt or confidential information and are not available for public inspection.

Contact Officer: Chris Hesketh                                 Tel No. 0161 793 2668

 

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

 

The appropriate scrutiny panel to call-in the decision is the Overview & Scrutiny Board.

 

 

 

Signed: Councillor Hinds                                Dated: 30 September 2021

Lead Member for Finance & Support Services

 

 

This decision was published on 15 October 2021.

 

This decision will come into force at 4.00 p.m. on 22 October 2021, unless it is called-in in accordance with the decision-making process rules.