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Declarations of Interest by Members and Officers relating to items on the Agenda
No declarations of interest were received.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Austen and Ludlow.
That the Minutes of the Joint Crematorium Committee on 16 June, 2016 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
The Bereavement Services Manager and Clerk and Treasurer submitted a report on the Period 5 Budget Monitoring position as at the end of August 2016.
It was noted that the budget was currently showing a favourable profiled variance of £118,073 and this was detailed in the following:
· Employee costs
· Premises costs
· Supplies and services
· Agency and contracted services
The report also noted that an increased capital expenditure was required for the purchase of a new tractor.
It was anticipated that the outturn for the year would come in under the original budget. All the above issues would be taken into account when the revised budget was prepared and presented to the committee on 12 December, 2016.
1) That the report be noted.
2) That the capital expenditure of £28,170 for the new tractor, increased from the £26,000 as originally budgeted for, be noted.
REASON FOR RECOMMENDATIONS
To keep the Joint Committee informed about the current financial performance of the Joint Crematorium.
Local Government Act 1972 - Exclusion of the Public
To move ‘That under Regulation 21 (1)(b) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements)(Access to Information)(England) Regulations 2000, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined by Paragraphs 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972’ on the grounds that it contains information relating to financial or business affairs.
That under Regulation 21 (1)(b) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements)(Access to Information)(England) Regulations 2000, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined by Paragraphs 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972’ on the grounds that it contains information relating to financial or business affairs.
Bereavement Service Manager's Report
- Report to follow
The Bereavement Services Manager submitted a report on matters relating to the operation of the Crematorium.
Information on cremations from April to September 2016, together with a comparison of income for the period April/September 2016 against April/September 2015 was provided.
The report noted that the Crematorium had recently accepted a Green Flag Award at an awards ceremony in Nottingham recognising and rewarding the best green spaces.
Events from Baby Loss Awareness Week were reported and an international “Wave of Light” event was to take place in the Chapel on 15 October, 2016 where candles would be lit across the globe as part of the international Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.
It was reported that refurbishments to the Chapel had begun which included the installation of additional doors at the Chapel entrance and the replacement of Chapel windows. Work would be commencing soon to install an additional Chapel exit which would allow mourners to congregate after the service under a covered area. A seating supplier had been found to replace the seating in the Chapel, increasing the capacity from 80 to 100 seats. An increase in the budget for refurbishing the seating was required however the extra capacity would allow the Crematorium to deal with large funerals more effectively without the loss of comfort. In addition, the report noted that the modesty and organ screens at the front of the Chapel and the lectern would need to be changed to match the new seating at an additional cost.
1) That the report be noted.
2) That the additional expenditure on seating for the Chapel be approved.
REASONS FOR DECISIONS –
1) To ensure statutory compliance the ongoing quality, cost effectiveness and safe operation of the service.
2) To improve the capacity and quality of seating and associated screening in the Chapel.
Crematorium Delivery Options
- Report to follow
The Bereavement Services Manager submitted a report to consult Members on the available options for the future management of Chesterfield Crematorium, including the potential to establish a company.
The options that were available for consideration were outlined in the report which included:
· Reduce fees to ensure a surplus is not made
· Outsource to a private operator
· Operate as a social enterprise
· Operate as a wholly owned company
The report noted that specialist legal advice had been sought from an external solicitor, Freeths LLP, and the legal report from the solicitor was included as an appendix to the report. Further legal advice, at an additional cost, would need to be sought to move forward with the creation of a wholly owned company.
A financial report from accountancy firm Mazars LLP was included with the report which focussed on the VAT and other tax implications if the Crematorium was transferred out of Local Authority control.
The report outlined the human resources, people management and financial implications of the options that were considered. The proposals had been discussed at the Joint Crematorium Committee, Joint Board and the Cabinets of the three constituent authorities.
Councillor Lilley voted against the recommendations.
1) That the establishment of a Council owned company for the future operation of the Chesterfield crematorium, with the new company articles and shareholders agreement based on the “sharing agreement” agreed by the three councils in 2003 which specified the arrangements for dealing with member representation, the calculation and distribution of surpluses and deficits as well as any other relevant matters, be supported.
2) That further expenditure in respect of legal advice for the establishment of the Council owned company be approved.
3) That, following consideration of all the options available, a recommendation be made, in line with legal advice received, to each of the authorities’ cabinet meetings for the approval of the establishment of a Council owned company and to outline the necessary legal and governance arrangements.
REASON FOR DECISION –
1) To allow the project to be suitably considered by the Joint Crematorium Committee and the preferred recommendation made to constituent authorities.