Agenda and decisions


Executive
Monday 2 December 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4AA

Contact: Natasha Clark, Democratic and Elections  Email: democracy@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk, 01295 221589

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Items
No. Item

2.

Declarations of Interest

Members are asked to declare any interest and the nature of that interest that they may have in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.

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3.

Petitions and Requests to Address the Meeting

The Chairman to report on any requests to submit petitions or to address the meeting.

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4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 4 November 2019.

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5.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive communications from the Chairman.

 

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6.

Delegation of Energy-efficiency Enforcement Powers from Oxfordshire County Council to Cherwell District Council pdf icon PDF 127 KB

Report of Chief Operating Officer

 

Purpose of report

 

To seek approval to enforce legislation applicable to:

 

a)    Domestic Private Rented Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

b)    Commercial Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

 

following the delegation of powers under: The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 and under The Energy Efficiency  (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015, from Oxfordshire County Council

 

Recommendations

            

The Executive is recommended to:

 

 1.1          Accept the delegation of powers to enable Cherwell District Council to carry out enforcement of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provisions under The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012.

 

1.2           Accept the delegation of powers to enable Cherwell District Council to carry out  the enforcement of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in commercial property under The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015.

 

1.3     Authorise the Chief Operating Officer, acting in consultation with the Director Law and Governance and the Corporate Director Finance, to enter into all necessary and appropriate contracts and agreements to implement the delivery of the enforcement work on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council (OCC).

 

1.4     Delegate authority to the Chief Operating Officer to perform the enforcement duties of Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) set out in any such agreements referred to above.

 

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)            That the delegation of powers to enable Cherwell District Council to carry out enforcement of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provisions under The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 be accepted.

 

(2)            That the delegation of powers to enable Cherwell District Council to carry out the enforcement of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in commercial property under The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 be accepted.

 

(3)            That the Chief Operating Officer, acting in consultation with the Director Law and Governance and the Corporate Director Finance, be authorised to enter into all necessary and appropriate contracts and agreements to implement the delivery of the enforcement work on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council (OCC).

 

(4)            That authority be delegated to the Chief Operating Officer to perform the enforcement duties of Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) set out in any such agreements referred to above.

7.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Report of Corporate Director Finance (Interim)

 

Purpose of report

 

To provide members with a review of Council Tax discounts and to seek approval to recommend the proposed level of Council Tax discounts for the 2020-2021 financial year to Council.

 

To provide an update on the Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2019-2020 and to seek approval to recommend a Council Tax Reduction Scheme for the financial year 2020-2021 to Council.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

 1.1          To note the contents of the report and any financial implications for the Council.

 

1.2    To recommend to Council the option of a Council Tax Reduction income banded scheme for the financial year 2020-2021 and to amend the Council Tax Regulations for pensioners in line with uprating announced by MHCLG and to amend the Working Age Regulations in line with the new income banded scheme and the uprating announced by MHCLG. 

 

1.3     To recommend to Council that delegated authority is given to the Executive Director Finance to make the required changes to the CTRS Regulations up to and including 31 January 2020 in consultation with the Lead Member for Financial Management.

 

1.4     To review the proposed level of Council Tax discounts and premiums for

2020-2021 and make recommendations to Council as follows:

 

·       Retain the discount for second homes at zero.

·       Retain the discount for empty homes (unoccupied and substantially unfurnished) at 25% for 6 months and thereafter at zero.

·       Retain the discount for empty homes undergoing major repair at 25% for 12 months and thereafter at zero.

·       Retain the empty homes premium of an additional 100% for properties that have remained empty for more than 2 years. 

 

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)            That the contents of the report and any financial implications for the Council be noted.

 

(2)            That Full Council be recommended to approve the option of a Council Tax Reduction income banded scheme for the financial year 2020-2021 and to amend the Council Tax Regulations for pensioners in line with uprating announced by MHCLG and to amend the Working Age Regulations in line with the new income banded scheme and the uprating announced by MHCLG. 

 

(3)            That Full Council be recommended to grant delegated authority to the Executive Director Finance (Interim) to make the required changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme Regulations up to and including 31 January 2020 in consultation with the Lead Member for Financial Management.

 

(4)            That having given due consideration, the following proposed level of Council Tax discounts and premiums for 2020-2021 be recommended to Council :

 

·       Retain the discount for second homes at zero.

·       Retain the discount for empty homes (unoccupied and substantially unfurnished) at 25% for 6 months and thereafter at zero.

·       Retain the discount for empty homes undergoing major repair at 25% for 12 months and thereafter at zero.

·       Retain the empty homes premium of an additional 100% for properties that have remained empty for more than 2 years. 

 

8.

Monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report - October 2019 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Report of Corporate Director: Finance (Interim) and Assistant Director: Performance and Transformation

 

Purpose of report

 

This report summarises the Council’s Performance, Risk and Finance monitoring position as at the end of each month.

 

Recommendations

            

The meeting is recommended:

 

1.1      To note the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report.

 

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Decision:

Resolved

 

(1)            That the monthly Performance, Risk and Finance Monitoring Report be noted.

9.

Urgent Business

The Chairman to advise whether they have agreed to any item of urgent business being admitted to the agenda.

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