Agenda and minutes

Employment and General Committee
Monday, 27th January, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room 2, Town Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield

Contact: Charlotte Kearsey  01246 345236

Items
No. Item

19.

Declarations of Members' and Officers' Interests relating to Items on the Agenda

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were received.

20.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were from Councillors Simmons and Blank.

21.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED –

 

That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee held on 4 November, 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

22.

Job Evaluation Policy pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The HR Business Partner submitted a report recommending for approval the Job Evaluation Policy.

 

The job evaluation policy had been drafted to update the arrangements which had been in place since the Local Collective Agreement in 2006. The policy applied to all posts within the scope of the National Joint Council (NJC) green book terms and conditions for Local Government services. The policy laid out the procedure to initiate a job evaluation to re-evaluate an existing job or grade a new job along with the appeal process. 

 

The draft policy had been presented and approved by the Employer – Trade Union Committee on 13 January, 2020.

 

*RESOLVED –

 

That the Job Evaluation Policy be approved.

 

 

23.

Travel and Subsistence Policy pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The HR Business Partner submitted a report recommending for approval the Travel and Subsistence Policy.

 

The policy had been drafted to create a formal policy. The policy aimed to provide guidelines on the Council’s policy and guidance to enable Council activity while complying with the relevant regulations and reporting obligations.

 

The draft policy had been presented and approved by the Employer – Trade Union Committee on 23 October, 2019.

 

*RESOLVED –

 

That the Travel and Subsistence Policy be approved.

24.

Calculation of Tax Base 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Finance Officer submitted a report seeking approval of the Tax Base calculation for 2020/21.

 

The Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) Regulations 1992 (as amended) required the Borough Council as Billing Authority to calculate the tax base for the Borough and the Parishes and to notify the Major Precepting Authorities (Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Policy Authority), and those Parishes requesting it, by 31 January each year.

 

The report gave details of how the tax base was calculated and the legal implications.

 

*RESOLVED –

 

1.   That the report for the calculation of the Council's Tax Base for the whole and parts of the area for 2020/21 be approved.

 

2.    That pursuant to the report and in accordance with Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) Regulations 1992 (as amended), the amount calculated by Chesterfield Borough Council as its Tax Base for the year 2020/21 shall be:

 

Table – 2020/21 TAX BASE (Equivalent Number of Band ‘D’ Dwellings)

 

2019/20

2020/21

Increase / (Decrease)

No.

%

Chesterfield (whole area)

29,000.63

29,181.08

180.45

0.6

Staveley Town Council

4,136.40

4,215.27

78.87

1.9

Brimington Parish Council

2,330.59

2,322.81

(7.78)

(0.3)

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS

 

To fulfil a statutory requirement to enable the Council Tax to be set later in the financial year.

25.

Non-Domestic Rates Estimates for 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Finance Officer submitted a report seeking approval for the National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR) estimates and NNDR1 Return for 2020/21.

 

The Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) Regulations 1992 (as amended) required the Borough Council as Billing authority to calculate the Tax Base for the Borough and the Parishes and to notify the Major Precepting Authorities (Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Authority), and those Parishes which requested it, by 31st January each year.

 

The Local Government Finance Act introduced the part-retention of income from Business Rates from April 2013. The income generated is to be shared between the Government (50%), the County Council (9%), the Fire Authority (1%) and the Borough Council (40%). The Council will then have to pay a tariff of £11,465,704 from its share of the income to the Government.

 

The Council was required to complete and approve the NNDR1 Return, showing how the estimated income had been calculated and how it was to be shared.

 

The report provided details of how the tax base was calculated and also how the estimated net yield would be shared, together with the legal implications.

 

*RESOLVED –

 

1. That the estimated National Non Domestic Rates estimates as recorded on the NNDR1 Return (Appendix A to the officer’s report) be approved.

 

2. That the Acting Chief Finance Officer be given delegated authority to make any subsequent changes to the NNDR1 return that are identified before the final submission date of the 31 January, 2020.

 

REASON FOR DECISIONS

 

To fulfil the statutory requirements to approve the estimated Business Rates income. The information is required by the Government, by the Council and the other precepting authorities to enable them to set their Council Taxes.

 

26.

Minutes of the Employer / Trade Union Committee pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Employer/Trade Union Committee held on 4 November, 2019 and 13 January, 2020 were considered.

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the Minutes be received and noted.

27.

Minutes of the Council Health and Safety Committee pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of the Council Health and Safety Committee held on 13 November, 2019 and 13 January, 2020 were submitted.

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the Minutes be received and noted.