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APPENDIX II to the minute of meeting of the Personnel and Property Services Committee of 13 March 2001 (Article 17(c) refers)

MINUTE of MEETING of the CENTRAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Thursday 15 February 2001 at 10.00 am.

Present: Angus Council Representatives

Councillor BILL MIDDLETON

Councillor ROB MURRAY

Councillor GLENNIS MIDDLETON

Councillor BRIAN MILNE

Councillor DAVID SELFRIDGE

Teacher Association Representatives

PETER ANDREWS (EIS)

PHILIP JACKSON (EIS)

BRIAN McHARDY (EIS)

JIM FALCONER (NAS/UWT)

ALICE McLEOD (PAT)

Trade Union Representatives

KATE LEIPER (UNISON)

ALISTAIR WILSON (GMB)

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillor SHEENA WELSH, ALLEN FEGEN (UNISON) and NEIL CHRISTIE (UNISON).

Councillor BILL MIDDLETON 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 Mr Peter Andrews as Convener of the Committee for the period until February 2002, whereupon Mr Andrews took the Chair.

2. VICE-CONVENERSHIP

In accordance with Paragraph 3(b) of the Constitution, the Committee noted that Councillor Bill Middleton would act as Vice-Convener for the period to February 2002.

3. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 17 August 2000 was approved as a correct record.

St Andrew's Day Holiday (paragraph 3 refers)

Arising therefrom, it was noted that when St Andrew's Day fell on a Saturday or Sunday, discussions would take place between the Council and the Trade Union representatives as to which day would be given to employees in lieu, which would not necessarily be the Friday or the Monday of the St Andrew's Day weekend.

4. PROVISIONAL REVENUE BUDGET 2001/2002

There were submitted:-

(a) Report No 198/01 by the Director of Finance appraising members of the Provisional Revenue Budget submissions of each Council Department and of the savings considered necessary to allow the Council to deliver a revenue budget within the resources expected to be available;

(b) Report No 199/01 by the Director of Finance being the Provisional Revenue Budget Volume, including a commentary by each Head of Department; and

(c) Report No 200/01 by the Director of Finance being the Departmental Saving Proposals.

The Director of Finance summarised the background in arriving at the proposed budgets for 2001/2002 and stressed that the savings proposed had been put forward on a similar basis to previous years, having regard to the cuts imposed by Central Government.

The Committee noted that the budget had been prepared on the basis of protecting front line services and where possible, avoiding the closure of facilities or compulsory redundancies.

With regard to the level of Council Tax, the Committee also noted that with the removal of guidelines, there was now some increased flexibility in setting budgets although a balance would require to be struck between expenditure on services and the level of Council Tax. Councillor Murray indicated that it was possible that the Council's Administration would propose a level higher than in previous years to enable the level of cuts to be mitigated.

The Committee then considered the Provisional Revenue Budget Departmental Savings Proposals as contained in Report No 200/01 and agreed that the undernoted comments be reported to the Finance and Information Technology Committee at its meeting to be held later today:-

(i) to note that there would be no impact on Council staff from the saving EDUC-4 ­ Voluntary/Private Nursery Providers;

(ii) to note that with regard to EDUC-6 ­ Devolved School Budgets, although the proposed cuts were only 1%, these would probably have to be made in supplies and services, but the effect of this would be offset by the use of the IT Repair and Renewal Fund and ring-fenced Central Government money given direct to schools.

In this connection, it was also agreed to recommend that the Director of Education and the Director of Finance should report in more detail to the Education Committee in order to confirm that Angus was spending up to its GAE level;

(iii) to express concern on the effect of jobs in DLOs of trunk road maintenance contracts going to the private sector, it having been noted that the proposed cuts in local road maintenance would be offset by the use of the Road's Renewal and Repair Fund; and

(iv) to highlight to the Council, that with regard to the freezing of posts generally, it should be aware of the knock-on effect on remaining staff and the quality of service delivery.

5. PROVISIONAL CAPITAL BUDGET 2001/2002

The Committee had no comment to make on the Provisional Capital Budget for 2001/2002.

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