Policy & Finance Cabinet Member – Minutes – 15 January 2016

37 (37) VIREMENTS 2015-16 – The Director of Policy and Resources submitted a report which sought approval for changes to revenue and capital budgets for 2015-16 as part of the council’s policy of active budget management.

 On 24 February 2015 Council approved the revenue and capital budgets for the 2015/16 financial year.  The report gave details of virements that required Cabinet Member approval.

Resolved – That the virements at paragraph 3.1 of the report be approved.

38 (38) NATIONAL NON-DOMESTIC RATE RELIEF APPLICATIONS AND MONITORING – The Director of Policy and Resources submitted a report which sought consideration of the level of National Non-Domestic Rate (NNDR) relief awarded to rate payers in North Lincolnshire

The Cabinet Member was advised on latest forecast of the level of Business Rates Collection and its impact on council finances.  The reported also detailed the current level of reliefs granted compared to the budget.

The Cabinet Member was informed that the current forecast and the cost to the council was outlined in Appendix A.

Resolved – (a) That as per the schedule attached to the report, the level of rate relief be awarded, and (b) that the latest position for 2015/16 on business rate collection and reliefs be noted.

39 (39) APP FROD ASSOCIATED COMPANY STATUS – The Director of Policy and Resources submitted a report seeking approval for the council to become an associated company of App Frod Sports and Social Clubs.

Appleby Frodingham was one of the three original steelworks in the Scunthorpe area.  An original ‘athletic club’ was formed in 1922 for steelworkers and their families.  Several years ago, membership was opened up to the general public.  The club, now known as ‘App Frod’ was today independent of Tata Steel, although it retained strong links to the company through its constitution.

Within the club, there were now 17 different sports and social clubs which members could join.  There was also the option of joining the popular ‘drum draw’ for cash prizes.

As a number of sections of the Steel Works had been outsourced to private companies over time, these companies had been afforded ‘associate company status’ to the club.  The council had now been offered the option of becoming an associate company of App Frod.
This would mean a discounted annual membership rate for council employees and the option to purchase shares in the drum draw.  Both of these can be paid via salary deduction through the employer’s payroll.

Resolved – That the council becoming an associated company to App Frod be approved.

40 (40) ATTENDANCE MANAGEMENT POLICY – The Director of Policy and Resources submitted a report seeking approval of the council’s updated Attendance Management policy.

The report outlined that the council’s sickness absence policy was last updated in 2010. The policy had been reviewed in a continued attempt to improve the council’s performance in this area.

The report explained that reducing levels of sickness absence remained a high priority for the council and the policy was integral to the effective management of employee absence and ultimately a reduction in the cost of sick pay across all services.

Resolved – That the revised policy be approved and implemented.