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No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 297 KB

2.

Declaration of Interests pdf icon PDF 207 KB

Decision:

None

3.

Matters raised by scrutiny and other constitutional bodies

None.

Decision:

The Mayor and Cabinet noted the views of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Public Accounts Select Committee as presented by the respective Chairs, Cllrs Schmidt and Rathbone.

4.

Council Budget 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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Decision:

 

MOVED, SECONDED and RESOLVED that, having considered the views of those consulted on the budget, and subject to consideration of the outcome of consultation with business ratepayers and subject to proper process, as required, that Mayor and Cabinet:

 

General Fund Revenue Budget

 

1.    notes and asks Council to note the 2023/24 forecast projected overall variance of £19.9m, after the use of corporate provisions and reserves, or 7.5% of the agreed budget of £263.680m as set out in section 6 of this report and that this year-end overspend will be met from corporate provisions and reserves;

2.    endorses and asks Council to endorse the budget cut reduction measures of £2.315m and £8.423m, with an anticipated assumed minimum delivery of £5.6m in 2024/25, as set out in Section 6 of the report and summarised in Appendix Y1 and Y2a and Y2b;

3.    agrees and asks Council to agree the allocation of £52.869m of resources from; the corporate risks and pressures, adult social care precept, new homes bonus, social care grant, ASC market sustainability and improvement fund, discharge grant, New Homes Bonus, Services Grant and reserves in 2024/25 to be invested in funding quantified budget pressures and opportunities, both recurring and once-off, as set out in section 6;

4.    agrees and recommend that Council agree to delegate to the Executive Director of Corporate Resources the use of the new additional social care grant allocation instead of reserves for the funding of once off pressures in 2024/25, as set out in section 6;

5.    agrees to recommend to Council that a General Fund Budget Requirement of £293.838m for 2024/25 be approved;

6.    asks Council to agree to a 4.99% increase in Lewisham’s Council Tax element. This will result in a Band D equivalent Council Tax level of £1,566.58 for Lewisham’s services and £2,037.98 overall. This represents an overall increase in Council Tax for 2024/2/25 of 5.8% and is subject to the GLA precept for 2024/25 being increased by £37.26 (i.e. 8.58%) from £434.14 to £471.4, in line with the GLA’s draft budget proposals;

7.    notes the final Settlement Funding Assessment (SFA) figure for 2024/25 has not yet been announced and agrees to delegate authority to the Executive Director for Corporate Resources to include any change to the provisional SFA of £137,197,175 in the Budget report for Council with any difference to the position set out in this report covered from provisions and reserves as necessary;

8.    notes the provisional and estimated precept and levies from the GLA and other bodies as detailed in Appendix Y6 and agrees to delegate authority to the Executive Director for Corporate Resources to include any changes once confirmed in the Budget report for Council with any difference covered from provisions and reserves as necessary;

9.    notes and asks Council to note the Council Tax Ready Reckoner which, for illustrative purposes, sets out the Band D equivalent Council Tax at various levels of increase. This is explained in Section 6 of the report with more detail in Appendix Y4;

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