Cabinet

Date: Monday 21 January 2013 18:30

Location: Kennet Room, Civic Offices, Reading

Details

A meeting of Cabinet will take place on Monday 21 January 2013 at 6:30pm in the Kennet Room.  The agenda for the meeting is set out below.

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Items for consideration in public session

ItemDescriptionWard AffectedReport PDF link
ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION IN PUBLIC SESSION
1CHAIR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Chair to inform the meeting of relevant issues.

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2DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillors to declare any interests they may have in relation to the items for consideration in public session.

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3MINUTES

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 3 December 2012.

To receive the Minutes of the Reading Shadow Health & Wellbeing Board Minutes held on 2 November 2012.

NAMinutes - Cabinet (166KB)
Minutes - HWB (132KB)
4QUESTIONS AND PETITIONS

To receive any Questions from Councillors and the Public, and any petitions from the public.

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5MATTERS REFERRED BY THE INTERNAL OVERVIEW & SCRUTINY COMMITTEE AND COUNCIL

To consider any matters referred by the Internal Overview & Scrutiny Committee and Council.

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6DECISION BOOK REFERENCES

To receive any Decision Book call-ins.

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND SERVICE IMPROVEMENT ITEM
7COMMISSIONING BUDGETS AND GRANTS TO THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR 2013 TO 2014 (KEY DECISION)

Councillor Gavin/Director and Council Manager.

The report sets out for agreement the proposed allocation of the Grants Budget to the voluntary and community sector for 2013/2014. In accordance with the Council’s approved Commissioning Framework, there is a range of financial relationships with the voluntary and community sector [VCS], including contracts and grants that maintains the overall level of support to the VCS.

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Item 7 (172KB)
Item 7 (Appendix 1) (151KB)
Item 7 (Appendix 2) (167KB)
Item 7 (Appendix 3) (230KB)
Item 7 (Appendix 4) (86KB)
Item 7 (Appendix 5) (71KB)
NEIGHBOURHOODS AND HOUSING ITEM
8HOUSING REVENUE ACCOUNT – FINANCIAL PLAN 2013/14 (KEY DECISION)

Councillor Eden/Director of Education, Social Services and Housing & Head of Finance.

This report sets out the proposed 2013/14 Housing Revenue Account (HRA) budget. The HRA records all income and expenditure in connection with the Council owned housing stock. The report sets out the latest position for 2012/13 and highlights key implications and issues influencing the budget for 2013/14.

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Item 8 (273KB)
CULTURE AND SPORT ITEM
9BERKSHIRE RECORD OFFICE: ACQUISITION OF READING ABBEY MANUSCRIPT

Councillor Livingston/Director of Environment. Culture and Sport.

To advise members of the acquisition by Berkshire Record Office of an important original manuscript of Reading Abbey.

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Item 9 (67KB)
EDUCATION AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES ITEM
9.ASchool Places Update

Councillor Ennis/ Director of Education, Social Services and Housing
This report summarises the feedback from the Let’s Talk Education surveys and meetings which took place in autumn 2012. It goes on to provide an update on the range of options that might be explored as part of the overall solution and concludes by recommending a public engagement activity starting in March 2013 to explore the specific schemes which may have the best chance of success, subject to capital funding allocations and decisions.

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item 9A (52KB)
LEADERSHIP, BUDGET AND FINANCE ITEMS
10PROCUREMENT AND COMMISSIONING STRATEGY 2013 -2016

Councillor Lovelock/Head of Finance.

To recommend approval of an updated procurement strategy to cover the period 2013 to 2016.

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Item 10 (53KB)
Item 10 (Appendix 1) (277KB)
Item 10 (Appendix 2) (161KB)
11RESPONSE TO WELFARE REFORM ACT 2012

Councillor Lovelock/Director and Council Manager & Head of Finance.

 This report describes issues arising from the Government’s programme of welfare reform (including funding that has been provided as detailed at item 4.4) and sets out how the Council is responding as part of its commitment to addressing poverty and inequality in Reading.

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Item 11 (132KB)
Item 11 (Appendix 1) (91KB)
Item 11 (Appendix 2) (52KB)
Item 11 (Appendix 3) (139KB)
12PROVISIONAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE SETTLEMENT 2013/14

Councillor Lovelock/Director and Council Manager & Head of Finance .

The report sets out details of the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement for 2013/14 announced by the Secretary of State on 19 December 2012.

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Item 12 (63KB)
Item 12 (Appendix 1) (96KB)
Item 12 (Appendix 2) (68KB)
item 12 (Appendix 3) (103KB)
13APPROVAL OF COUNCIL TAX BASE, NNDR1 ESTIMATE & ESTIMATED COLLECTION FUND SURPLUS

Councillor Lovelock/Director and Council Manager & Head of Finance.

 By 31 January 2013 it will be necessary to have estimated and informed Thames Valley Police Authority, Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service and levying bodies of the Council Tax base to be used for setting the tax for 2013/14. In order to do this it will be necessary to estimate the anticipated Council Tax collection rate and therefore the allowance to be made for non collection and changes to the Council Tax Base.

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Item 13 (214KB)
Item 13 (Appendix 1) (210KB)
Item 13 (Appendix 2) (117KB)
Item 13 (Appendix 3) (106KB)
item 13 (Appendix 4) (35KB)
14GENERAL FINANCIAL MATTERS, INCLUDING INSURANCE CONTRACT

Councillor Lovelock/Director and Council Manager & Head of Finance.

This report sets out a request for delegations to the Head of Finance in consultation with the Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Corporate Services in respect of the making expressions of interest and bids for funding and approval to spend allocations arising bids from and external funding sources. This report also seeks Cabinet authority to make the Council insurance arrangements for the next 5 years with an option to extend for a further 2 years, following a tender exercise. Finally, this report formally seeks the write off of various uncollectable business rates.

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Item 14 (72KB)
15BUDGET MONITORING 2012/13

Councillor Lovelock/Director and Council Manager & Head of Finance .

This report summarises the results of the budget monitoring exercise undertaken by Directorates based on the position to the end of November 2012.

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Item 15 (303KB)
Item 15 (Appendix 1) (252KB)
Item 15 (Appendix 2) (244KB)
16ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE ITEM

Councillor Gittings/Director of Environment, Culture and Sport

The Green Deal, offers the opportunity for householders and landlords to improve their houses without increasing their monthly costs, by using their energy savings to re-pay capital provided for insulation and energy efficiency work. This could enable the refurbishment of a large number of poor condition houses in Reading, alleviating fuel poverty for residents. The Green Deal is set to launch nationally on 28 January 2013.

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Item 16 (70KB)
FORWARD PLAN OF KEY DECISIONS
17FORWARD PLAN

To April 2013

NAForward Plan (71KB)