Brighton and Hove City Council:

Minutes for Finance Cabinet Member Meeting meeting, Jun 29 2009, 4.00PM official page

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Venue: Committee Room 1, Hove Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Nara Miranda, Democratic Services Officer 

Items No. Item

1.

Procedural Business

(a)  Declarations of Interest by all Members present of any personal interests in matters on the agenda, the nature of any interest and whether the Members regard the interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct.

 

(b)  Exclusion of Press and Public - To consider whether, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, or the nature of the proceedings, the press and public should be excluded from the meeting when any of the following items are under consideration.

 

NOTE:  Any item appearing in Part 2 of the Agenda states in its heading either that it is confidential or the category under which the information disclosed in the report is exempt from disclosure and therefore not available to the public.

 

A list and description of the categories of exempt information is available for public inspection at Brighton and Hove Town Halls.

 

Minutes:

1a      Declarations of Interest

 

1.1     Councillor Harmer-Strange declared a personal, but non-prejudicial interest in Item 11 in so far as he was a member of the National Adjudicator Panel.

 

1b      Exclusion of Press and Public

 

1.2     In accordance with section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 (‘the Act’), the Cabinet Member for Finance considered whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during an item of business on the grounds that it was likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press or public were present during that item, there would be disclosure to them of confidential information (as defined in section 100A(3) of the Act) or exempt information (as defined in section 100I(1) of the Act).

 

1.3     RESOLVED - That the press and public be not excluded from the meeting.

 

2.

Minutes of the previous meeting PDF 63 KB

Minutes of the Meeting held on 23 February 2009 (copy attached).

Minutes:

2.1     RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 23 February be approved and signed by the Cabinet Member as a correct record.  

3.

Cabinet Member's Communications

Minutes:

3.1     There were none.

4.

Items reserved for discussion

(a)  Items reserved by the Cabinet Member

 

(b)  Items reserved by the Opposition Spokesperson

 

(c)  Items reserved by Members, with the agreement of the Cabinet Member.

 

NOTE: Petitions, Public Questions, Deputations, Letters from Councillors, Written Questions from Councillors and Notices of Motion will be reserved automatically.

Minutes:

4.1     All items were reserved by the Cabinet Member.

5.

Petitions

No petitions received by date of publication.

 

Minutes:

5.1     There were none.

6.

Public Questions

(The closing date for receipt of public questions is 12 noon on 22 June 2009)

 

No public questions received by date of publication.

Minutes:

6.1     There were none.

7.

Deputations

(The closing date for receipt of deputations is 12 noon on 22 June 2009)

 

No deputations received by date of publication.

Minutes:

7.1     There were none.

8.

Letters from Councillors

No letters have been received.

 

Minutes:

8.1     There were none.

9.

Written Questions from Councillors

No written questions have been received.

Minutes:

9.1     There were none.

10.

Notices of Motions

No Notices of Motion have been referred.

 

Minutes:

10.1    There were none.

11.

Income Collection & Recovery 2008/09 - Quarter 4 PDF 107 KB

Report of the Director of Finance & Resources (copy attached).

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.       That the contents of the report be noted.

 

 

Minutes:

11.1    The Cabinet Member considered a report of the Director of Finance & Resources, which updated the Member on the income collection and recovery performance as at quarter 4 (March 2009) and highlighted the continuing improvement and best practice actions (for copy see minute book).

 

11.2    The Cabinet Member noted that the performance on debts recovery and the direct debits take up had been positive. She pointed out that this had benefits for both the council and the customers. She also noted the challenges for 2010-11.

 

11.3    The Opposition Spokesperson, Labour Group, referred to the parking operations and noted the difficulty in getting income return from this area.  He reported that commercial vehicles were often parked on double-lines and nothing seemed to happen to deter them from this practice. He noted the examples of such practice in parts of Vale Road and St Nicholas Junior School, both in the Portslade area, and enquired about the measures in place to deal with this matter. He considered that more enforcement was required and thought that it would be more valuable if the council officers in charge of the enforcement turned up at the problematic areas unexpected. 

 

11.4    The Opposition Spokesperson further indicated that he was pleased with the results provided in the report, in light of the difficult economic situation. He also noted his disappointment about the fact that there was only one item on the agenda for this Cabinet Member meeting.

 

11.5    The Cabinet Member noted that enforcement might be the way forward to dealing with such practices, even though it was recognised that it would be difficult to have enforcement officers available on every school. The Cabinet Member requested that the parking officers present looked into this matter and reported back to her with any information. She also acknowledged the Opposition Spokesperson’s concerns about the topics for discussion and agreed to look into this matter for future meetings.

 

11.6    Councillor Fallon-Khan referred to the housing benefits. He indicated he had written to the Secretary of State, proposing an analysis of the current means of recovery, but he had not yet received a response. He felt that it was important to work to improving the relationship with the DWP and recognised that the team in place was doing an excellent work in terms of forging that relationship.

 

11.7    RESOLVED - That the contents of the report be noted.

 

 

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