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APPENDIX II to the minute of meeting of the Personnel and Property Services Committee of 16 March 1999 (Article 13(c) refers)

MINUTE of MEETING of the CENTRAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE held in the Committee Room, Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 18 February 1999 at 10.00 am.

Present: Council Representatives

Councillors BILL MIDDLETON (Vice Convener) ROB MURRAY, BRIAN MILNE, and DAVID SELFRIDGE.

Teacher Association Representatives

PETER ANDREWS (EIS) (Convener)

JIM FALCONER (NAS/UWT)

PHILIP JACKSON (EIS)

ALEXANDER TAPLEY (PAT)

BRIAN McHARDY (EIS)

Trade Union Representatives

KATE LEIPER (UNISON)

BARRY MELVIN (UNISON)

ALISTAIR WILSON (GMB)

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillor Mrs KATHLEEN RITCHIE, JONATHAN OGILVIE (UNISON), VERNON ALEXANDER (MPO), and JERRY BARCLAY (MPO).

PETER ANDREWS, Convener, in the Chair.

1. CONVENERSHIP

In accordance with paragraph 3(b) of the Constitution, Councillor Middleton called for nominations for Convener.

The Committee agreed to appoint Peter Andrews as Convener of the Committee until February 2000.

2. VICE CONVENERSHIP

In accordance with paragraph 3(a) of the Constitution, the Committee noted that Councillor Middleton, as Convener of the Personnel and Property Services Committee would act as Vice Convener until February 2000.

3. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of 18 August 1998 was submitted and approved as a correct record.

4. DRAFT REVENUE BUDGET

There were submitted:

(a) Report No 180/99 by the Director of Finance apprising members of the provisional Revenue Budget submissions of each Council Department and of the savings considered necessary to allow the Council to deliver a budget within the expenditure guidelines set by the Secretary of State for Scotland;

(b) Report No 181/99 by the Director of Finance, being the provisional Revenue Budget Volume, including a commentary by each Head of Department; and

(c) Report No 182/99 by the Director of Finance, being the Departmental Savings Proposals.

The Convener, on behalf of the staff representatives, expressed his thanks to the Law and Administration Department for circulating the above Reports in advance of the meeting, to enable them to consider the contents. The Convener indicated that, as an ongoing process of dialogue between the trade unions/teacher association representatives and the Council’s Administration, he would welcome an earlier involvement in the budgeting process.

The Director of Finance summarised the main problems encountered in arriving at the proposed budget. He referred to the "guideline" regime currently in force which relied heavily on historic spending levels and pointed out that Angus Council had inherited low spending guidelines in relation to assessments of need.

In response to a question about the Council’s future role in light of the Scottish Parliament, Councillor Rob Murray indicated that he did not envisage any change to the range of functions carried out by the Authority as a consequence of the Scottish Parliament, unless it was by imposition.

Reference was also made to the Council’s uptake of special Government funding. The view was expressed that the Council should take advantage of these particular sources of funding. The Director of Finance indicated that the implementation of a three year financial planning regime would make the Council’s financial planning more certain.

Kate Leiper requested clarification of the Council’s policy on detriment, and what budgetary provision had been made for any detriment settlements. The Director of Finance indicated that the Council’s budget reflected the Council’s current policy on detriment. Hugh Robertson, Head of Personnel and Employee Relations, Personnel Department indicated that the implications of the recent EAT in relation to the Dundee City Council case were being considered by the Council, other local authorities and at COSLA level.

The Committee then considered each Department’s budget proposals for 1999/2000 and made the undernoted comments:-

(a) Education

The Committee noted that there was an increase in this budget in real terms from £49.1m to £51.5m, although any pay awards would be required to be funded from non ring-fenced budgets

(b) Cultural Services

The Committee noted staff concerns with regard to the non-filling of posts within Cultural Services and the possible effect this might have on services such as libraries, although the Department’s budget was still above GAE level.

(c) Environmental and Consumer Protection

The Committee noted the increase in SEPA charges from 20% to 25% and the effect this would have on the Department’s budget.

(d) Recreation Services

The Committee noted the increase in burial ground charges, although these were considered reasonable by local undertakers within Angus, as they were among the lowest when compared with other Councils.

(e) Contract Services

The Committee noted that there were further reductions for staff slippage, and recorded a shared concern about the continuing need to be competitive.

The Committee noted that the Council’s Committees would be considering the provisional revenue budget later this day and agreed that the views expressed at this meeting be reported to the appropriate Committees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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