Venue: AQUARIUS ROOM, ST IVO LEISURE CENTRE, WESTWOOD ROAD, ST IVES, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, PE27 6WU
Contact: Miss H Ali, Democratic Services Officer, Tel No: (01480) 388006 / e-mail: Habbiba.Ali@huntsdc.gov.uk
To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of
the Panel held on
Contact: Miss H Ali 388006
The Minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on
To receive from
Councillor P L E Bucknell declared a personal interest in respect of Minute No. 09/31 by virtue of being a Member of the Licensing and Protection Panel.
CALCULATION OF COUNCIL TAX BASE 2010/11
To consider a report by the Head of Customer Services recommending the Council Tax Base for 2010/11.
Contact: Mrs J Barber 388105 I Sims 388138
In accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992 and
the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) Regulations 1992 (as amended),
the Panel was acquainted with a report by the Head of Customer Services (a copy
of which is appended in the Minute Book) setting out the general principles for
the calculation of the tax base, which was based on the number of Band D
equivalent properties within the District. Having been reminded that recent
parish boundary changes would come into effect on
(a) that the report by the Head of Customer Services regarding the calculation of the District Council’s tax base for the year 2010/11 be approved; and
(b) that in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) Regulations 1992 (as amended), the amount calculated by Huntingdonshire District Council as the tax base for the whole District for the year 2010/11 be 58,580 and shall be as listed below for each Parish of the District:
Abbots Ripton 128
Alconbury Weston 280
Barham & Woolley 27
Brington & Molesworth 106
Bythorn & Keyston 142
Denton & Caldecote 25
Folksworth & Washingley 347
Great & Little Gidding 122
Great Gransden 455
Great Paxton 370
Great Staughton 320
Hail Weston 240
Hamerton & Steeple Gidding 52
Hemingford Abbots 327
Hemingford Grey 1150
Houghton & Wyton 785
Kimbolton & Stonely 595
Kings Ripton 80
Leighton Bromswold 82
Little Paxton 1250
Offord Cluny & Offord D’Arcy 508
Old Hurst 98
Old Weston 87
St Ives 5725
St Neots 10195
Southoe & Midloe 158
Stow Longa 65
The Stukeleys 415
Upton & Coppingford 85
Upwood & The Raveleys 420
ANNUAL REVIEW OF THE RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
To receive a report by the Audit and Risk Manager on the annual review of the Risk Management Strategy.
Contact: D Harwood 388115
With the aid of a report by the Audit and Risk Manager (a copy of which is appended in the Minute Book) the Panel gave consideration to an updated Risk Management Strategy. Having noted that no changes were required to be made to the main body of the Strategy, the Panel were advised that minor textural amendments had been proposed for the definitions within the environment and environmental risk categories to reflect the wording within the Council’s Environment Strategy. Some concern was expressed at the proposed exclusion of “Crime and Disorder Act implications” and “Incorrect storage/disposal of waste” under the operational environmental risk category and Members concurred with a suggestion that reference to this should remain within the Strategy. It was therefore
that the revised Risk Management Strategy be approved, subject to the inclusion of “Crime and Disorder Act implications” and “Incorrect storage/disposal of waste” under the operational environmental risk category proposed within the report.
REVIEW OF THE ANTI-FRAUD AND CORRUPTION STRATEGY
To note the outcome of the annual review of the Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy.
Contact: D Harwood 388115
By means of a report by the Audit and Risk Manager (a copy of which is appended in the Minute Book), the Panel was acquainted with the outcome of the annual review of the Council’s Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy. Members’ attention was drawn to the changes being proposed to paragraph 6.3 of the Strategy. Further amendments were proposed to the effect that the Chairman of the Corporate Governance Panel, together with the External Auditors, should also be informed of all cases of significant fraud and corruption.
that the revised Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy be adopted, subject to reference being made to the Chairman of the Corporate Governance Panel and the External Auditors being informed of all cases of significant fraud and corruption.
EXTERNAL AUDITOR'S REPORTS: USE OF RESOURCES 2009 AND THE ANNUAL AUDIT LETTER FOR 2008/09
To consider the Huntingdonshire District Council Use of Resources Report for 2009 and the Annual Audit Letter for 2008/09.
Contact: H Thackray 388035 Mrs E Smith 388157
(Mrs L Sandford and P Winrow of Grant Thornton UK LLP, the Council’s External Auditors, were in attendance for consideration of this item).
Consideration was given to a report by the Head of People, Performance and Partnerships (a copy of which is appended in the Minute Book) detailing the Council’s Use of Resources Report 2009 and Annual Audit Letter 2008/09.
In introducing the Use of Resources Report, Mrs L Sandford from Grant Thornton informed Members that the
Council had performed adequately in all areas, had arrangements in place consistent
with established professional practice and guidance and was meeting statutory requirements
and operating effectively. The Panel’s attention was also drawn to the content
of an action plan designed to assist the Council further improve its performance.
A brief discussion ensued on the External Auditor’s recommendation that the
Council should review its decision not to publish an annual report and Members
discussed the possibility of utilising the Districtwide
publication in this respect. The Panel was informed of the launch of the “
In respect of the Annual Audit Letter, the Panel was acquainted with the performance of the Council in 2008/09 and noted the key areas for action by the Council over the 2009/10 financial year. Whereupon, it was
that the Use of Resources Report 2009 and the Annual Audit Letter 2008/09 be noted and the recommendations in Annex A endorsed.
CODE OF PROCUREMENT
To receive a report from the Directors of Central Services and Commerce & Technology on the actions taken to promote compliance with the Council’s Code of Procurement.
Contact: I Leatherbarrow 388047 T Parker 388100
Pursuant to Minute No. 09/22, the Panel gave consideration to a joint report by the Directors of Central Services and Commerce and Technology (a copy of which is appended in the Minute Book) on the actions taken and the plans to promote compliance with the Council’s Code of Procurement with a view to encouraging better procurement practices across the Council’s organisation. Having had their attention drawn to the types of breaches that had occurred, Members were advised that there was no suggestion of corruption or collusion between contractors and Officers. In noting that a series of actions had been proposed to ensure future compliance with the Code, the Panel
that the actions proposed within the report be endorsed by the Panel.