Decisions

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Decisions published

07/02/2024 - Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Revenue Budget and Rent Setting 2024/25 and HRA Capital Programme 2023-28 ref: 1008    Recommend Forward to Council

Recommendations to full Council in respect of the housing revenue account for 2024/25

Decision Maker: Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/02/2024 - Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet

Decision published: 08/02/2024

Effective from: 07/02/2024

Decision:

Recommended to Full Council (Budget and policy framework):

 

(1) The HRA budget for 2024/25 and revised 2023/24 budget as set out at Appendix 1 to the report.

 

(2) That social and affordable rents (including Shared Ownership) are increased by 7.7% with effect from 1st April 2024 in line with government policy.

 

(3) That, with effect from 1 April 2024, when social-rented properties are relet to new tenants, the applicable rent will be increased by 5% above target rent.

 

(4) That the revised service charges as set out in paragraphs 2.3 to 2.6 of the report are implemented with effect from 1st April 2024.

 

(5) That Garage rents are increased by 6.7%.

 

(6) To grant delegated authority to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Cabinet Portfolio holder for Finance and Resources and the Chief Finance Officer to finalise Eastbourne Homes’ Management Fees and Delivery Plans for both 2023/24 and 2024/25.

 

(7) The HRA Capital Programme as set out at Appendix 2 to the report.

 

(8) To note that £871.5k of Major Works expenditure is shown in the Capital Programme in 2024/25 and 2025/26 to improve EPC ratings in HRA properties, this expenditure being the subject of a Government grant bid to secure 50% match-funding.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Steven Houchin


07/02/2024 - Treasury Management Strategy, Investment Strategy, Capital Strategy and Prudential Indicators 2024/25 ref: 1007    Recommend Forward to Council

To approve the Council’s Annual Treasury Management Strategy, Capital Strategy & investment Strategy together with the Treasury and Prudential Indicators.

Decision Maker: Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/02/2024 - Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet

Decision published: 08/02/2024

Effective from: 07/02/2024

Decision:

Recommended to Full Council (Budget and policy framework):

 

(1) To approve the Treasury Management Strategy and  Annual Investment Strategy for 2024/25 as set out in Appendix A;

 

(2) To approve the Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement 2024/25 (Appendix A);

 

(3) To approve the Prudential and Treasury Indicators 2024/25 to 2026/27 (Appendix A);

 

(4) To approve the Capital Strategy 2024/25 (Appendix B).

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Steven Houchin


07/02/2024 - General fund budget 2024/25 and capital programme ref: 1006    Recommend Forward to Council

To recommend full Council to set the 2024/25 budget and council tax at their meeting in February 2024.

Decision Maker: Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/02/2024 - Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet

Decision published: 08/02/2024

Effective from: 07/02/2024

Decision:

Recommended to Full Council (Budget and policy framework):

 

(1) Continue to lobby the UK Government for additional funding in recognition of the exceptional financial pressures placed on Local Councils in tackling the cost of homelessness, which in Eastbourne is projected to be £4.9m for 23/24 to pay for temporary accommodation.

 

a)    In this circumstance, EBC Council Tax would increase for a Band D property to 2.99% and deliver £3.8m of savings over two years as per previous MTFS and reporting. This is Eastbourne Borough Councils preferred option.

 

b)    Our preference is that the Government recognise the extreme pressures placed on Councils of all political persuasions, and agrees, as they have done with social care, to provide exceptional, emergency support to Councils to cover the costs of EA/TA in the Budget.

 

c)    However, in appreciation that this may be unlikely, the Council have put forward three other alternatives as we continue dialogue with DLHUC to provide support for this authority.

 

(2) To give delegated authority to the Section 151 Officer and Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Finance to approve to Full Council, one of the following options in respect to the General Fund Budget 2024/25 dependent on the outcome of the Councils application to the Department of Levelling Up Housing & Communities for Exceptional Financial Support.

 

a) Option A is based on Department of Levelling Up Housing & Communities recognising and directly funding the increased number of homelessness and temporary accommodation placements activity from 2023/24 onwards (Appendices 1A, 2A, 3A & 4A).

 

b) Option B which assumes the acceptance of Exceptional Financial Support by Department of Levelling Up Housing & Communities but does not include additional Council Tax setting powers over and above the existing pre-referendum limit of 2.99% (Appendices 1B, 2B, 3B & 4B).

 

d) Option D which assumes the refusal of Exceptional Financial Support by Department of Levelling Up Housing & Communities (Appendices 1D, 2D, 3D & 4D).

 

(3) To give delegated authority to the Section 151 Officer and Chief executive in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Finance to approve an increase in the Council Tax for Eastbourne Borough Council dependent on the options described above.

 

a) Option A, B & D- An increase of 2.99% resulting in a gross Band D charge of £277.74 for 2024/25 an increase of £8.06 per annum.

 

(4) The revised General Fund & Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme 2024/25 as set out at Appendix 5 to the report.

 

(5) The rates of Fees and Charges proposed within Appendix 5 to apply from 1 April 2024 and to implement changes to statutory fees and charges for services shown within Appendix 5 as and when notified by Government.

 

(6) To note the Section 151 Officer’s sign off as outlined in the report.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Steven Houchin


07/02/2024 - Your Eastbourne Business Improvement District Renewal proposal 2024/25 ref: 1011    Recommendations Approved

Your Eastbourne BID Limited BID renewal. A BID period can only last a maximum of 5 years and Your Eastbourne BID Limited will be moving into the final year of the 5 year BID cycle in September 2023 and it is due to end in September 2024. If the BID Company wants to continue its activities it must hold a new ballot. Your Eastbourne BID Limited have confirmed they want to host a second ballot in July 2024.

Decision Maker: Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/02/2024 - Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet

Decision published: 08/02/2024

Effective from: 16/02/2024

Decision:

(Key decision):

 

(1) To approve the BID ballot and the Council’s Returning Officer (as ‘ballot holder’) to proceed with the ballot.

 

(2) To give the Director of Finance and Performance delegated authority to vote in the ballot on behalf of the Council.

 

(3) To give the Director of Finance and Performance delegated authority to approve the BID proposal and Operating agreement.

 

(4) To agree the expected costs of the ballot (c.£5,485) will be met by the Council.

 

(5) To agree that the Council will pay the estimated annual BID levy cost (c.£10,197) for Council owned properties within the BID boundary.

 

(6) To note that the Council’s reasonable costs of collecting the levy and the associated financial management costs will be recoverable from the BID levy monies.

 

(7) To note that the Council’s Returning Officer is permitted to delegate his responsibilities to others and that he has engaged the services of Civica to undertake the ballot on his behalf.

Wards affected: Devonshire; Meads; Upperton;

Lead officer: Bill McCafferty


07/02/2024 - Corporate Plan 2024 - 2028 ref: 1010    Recommend Forward to Council

The overarching plan for the work of the council over the next 4 years.

Decision Maker: Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/02/2024 - Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet

Decision published: 08/02/2024

Effective from: 07/02/2024

Decision:

(Key decision):

 

(1) To consider the Corporate Plan.

 

(2) That any final minor amendments arising from the consultation responses be delegated for amendment to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader, and

 

Recommended to Full Council (Budget and policy framework):

 

(3) That full council adopt the Plan as its overarching corporate policy document for the next 4 years.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Jo Harper


07/02/2024 - Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2024/25 ref: 1009    Recommend Forward to Council

Decision Maker: Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet

Made at meeting: 07/02/2024 - Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet

Decision published: 08/02/2024

Effective from: 07/02/2024

Decision:

Recommended to Full Council (Budget and policy framework):

 

(1) Cabinet recommend to Full Council that the 2023/24 Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme is adopted as the 2024/25 scheme.

 

(2) Subject to Full Council approval Cabinet grants the Chief Executive delegated authority:

 

(a) to implement the Scheme, such delegated authority to include any measures necessary for or incidental to its management and administration; and

 

(b) if necessary, and in accordance with paragraph 2.3, to amend the Scheme in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources

 

(3) That the Exceptional Hardship Scheme continues in 2024/25 subject to funds being available.

 

(4) That an initial £25,000 be added to the Exceptional Hardship Scheme with this coming from the additional income raised from changes to Council Tax Discounts and Exemptions.

 

(Key decision):

 

(5) That Cabinet with the objective of implementing a revised Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme in future years:

 

(a) authorise the Chief Finance Officer to enter into consultation with the major precepting authorities.

 

(b) authorise the Chief Executive to produce a draft scheme that calculates a Council Tax Reduction of 100% of a person’s council tax liability, removes the Minimum-Income Floor for the self-employed and removes the £5.00 minimum award.

 

(c) on completion of the consultation and drafting authorised under (a) and (b) above, authorise the Chief Executive to consult with other interested parties.


01/02/2024 - Re-imagining Lewes District: Delivering the Vision 2024 - 2028 ref: 1004    Recommend Forward to Council

Decision Maker: Lewes District Council Cabinet

Made at meeting: 01/02/2024 - Lewes District Council Cabinet

Decision published: 01/02/2024

Effective from: 07/02/2024

Decision:

(Key decision):

 

(1) To consider the ‘Reimagining Lewes District: Delivering the Vision 2024-2028’ plan.

 

(2) That any final minor amendments arising from the consultation responses be delegated for amendment to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Leader.

 

Recommended to Full Council (Budget and policy framework):

 

(3) To adopt the plan as its overarching corporate policy document for the next 4 years.

 


01/02/2024 - Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Revenue Budget and Rent Setting 2024/25 and HRA Capital Programme 2023-28 ref: 1003    Recommend Forward to Council

Decision Maker: Lewes District Council Cabinet

Made at meeting: 01/02/2024 - Lewes District Council Cabinet

Decision published: 01/02/2024

Effective from: 07/02/2024

Decision:

Recommended to Full Council (Budget and policy framework):

 

(1) The HRA budget for 2024/25 and revised 2023/24 budget as set out at Appendix 1 to the report.

 

(2) To agree that social and affordable rents (including Shared Ownership) are increased by 7.7% with effect from 1st April 2024, in line with government policy issued in December 2022

 

(3) To agree that, with effect from 1st April 2024, when social-rented properties are relet to new tenants, the applicable rent will be increased by 5% above target rent

 

(4) To agree that the revised service charges as set out in paragraph 2.3 of the report are implemented with effect from 1st April 2024

 

(5) To agree that garage rents are increased by 6.7%.

 

(6) To agree the HRA Capital Programme as set out at Appendix 2 to the report.

 

(7) To note that £5.691m of Major Works expenditure is shown in the Capital Programme in 2024/25 and 2025/26 to improve EPC ratings in HRA properties, this expenditure being the subject of a Government grant bid to secure 50% match-funding.


01/02/2024 - Treasury Management Strategy, Investment Strategy, Capital Strategy and Prudential Indicators 2024/25 ref: 1002    Recommend Forward to Council

Decision Maker: Lewes District Council Cabinet

Made at meeting: 01/02/2024 - Lewes District Council Cabinet

Decision published: 01/02/2024

Effective from: 07/02/2024

Decision:

Recommended to Full Council (Budget and policy framework):

 

(1) To approve the Treasury Management Strategy and Annual Investment Strategy for 2024/25 as set out at Appendix A to the report;

 

(2) To approve the Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement 2024/25 (as set out at Appendix A to the report);

 

(3) To approve the Prudential and Treasury Indicators 2024/25 to 2026/27 (as set out at Appendix A to the report)

 

(4)  To Approve the Capital Strategy 2024/25 (as set out at Appendix B to the report).


01/02/2024 - General Fund Revenue Budget 2024/25 and Capital Programme ref: 1001    Recommend Forward to Council

Decision Maker: Lewes District Council Cabinet

Made at meeting: 01/02/2024 - Lewes District Council Cabinet

Decision published: 01/02/2024

Effective from: 07/02/2024

Decision:

Recommended to Full Council (Budget and policy framework):

 

(1) To agree the General Fund Budget 2024/25 (original) and projected MTFS as set out at Appendix 1 to the report.

 

(2) To agree the General Fund Budget 2023/24 (revised) as set out in Appendices 2 & 3 to the report.

 

(3) To agree an increase in the Council Tax for Lewes District Council of 2.99% resulting in a gross Band D charge (including Special Expenses) of £228.17 for 2024/25.

 

(4) To agree the revised General Fund & Housing Revenue Account Capital Programme 2024/25 as set out at Appendix 4 to the report.

 

(5) The rates of Fees and Charges proposed within Appendix 5 to apply from 1 April 2024 and to implement changes to statutory fees and charges for services shown within Appendix 5 to the report as and when notified by Government.

 

(6) To note the Section 151 Officer’s sign off as outlined in the report.