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Education Committee

MINUTE of SPECIAL MEETING of the EDUCATION COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 14 February 2002 at 3.10 pm.

Present: Councillors BRIAN MILNE, SHEENA WELSH, Provost Mrs FRANCES E DUNCAN OBE, Councillors JACK GIBB, DAVID LUMGAIR, ROBERT MYLES, PETER NIELD, GEORGE NORRIE MBE and KITTY RITCHIE; Father JAMES FOLEY, and Mr BRIAN McHARDY.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors STEWART McGLYNN, GLENNIS MIDDLETON, and SANDY WEST and Mr PETER ANDREWS.

Councillor MILNE, Convener, in the Chair.

Councillor Welsh declared an interest in page 10 Report No 199/02 (Third Party Payments).

1. PROVISIONAL REVENUE AND CAPITAL BUDGETS 2002/03

There were submitted (a) Report No 198/02 by the Director of Finance, being a background report apprising members of the Provisional Revenue Budget submissions of each Council Department and of the departmental budget cuts considered necessary to allow the Council to deliver a Revenue Budget within the resources expected to be available and also setting out the Provisional Composite Capital Budget submissions for those Departments with capital programme expenditure; (b) Report No 199/02 by the Director of Finance, being the Provisional Revenue Budget Volume, together with a commentary by each Head of Department; (c) Report No 200/02 by the Director of Finance being the Departmental Budget Cuts Proposals Volume; and (d) Report No 201/02 by the Director of Finance, being the Provisional Capital Budget 2002/2003.

Councillors Lumgair, Myles, Nield and Norrie indicated that they would not be supporting this budget, but rather than move an amendment at this meeting, reserved their position to the special meeting of the Council.

The Committee agreed:

  1. to note the Education Provisional Base Revenue Budget submission for 2002/03 as contained in pages 4 to 24 of the Provisional Revenue Budget Volume (Report No 199/02) and the budget cuts proposals as contained in pages 7 to 11 of the Departmental Budget Cuts Proposals Volume (Report 200/02);
  2. to approve the budget cuts for the Education department totalling £859,000;
  3. to approve the revised budget net expenditure for the Education department resulting from 1 and 2 above and recommend accordingly to the Council at the Council Tax setting meeting; and
  4. to approve the Education Provisional Capital Budget for 2002/03 as contained in pages 6 to 9 of the Provisional Capital Budget Volume (Report No 201/02).
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