Questions from the Public
Members of the public who live, work, attend an educational establishment or own or lease land in the Borough may submit a written question to, or ask a question verbally at meetings of the Strategy and Resource Committee on matters within the committee’s Terms of Reference.
Written questions must be submitted to Democratic Services. The written question must arrive by noon on the tenth working day before the day of the meeting. For example, for a meeting on a Tuesday, the request must therefore arrive by noon on the Tuesday two weeks before the meeting.
Terms of Reference
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Strategy & Resources Committee
Terms of Reference:
2. To provide strategic direction to the operation of the Council, determining policies in the areas set out below and any cross-cutting policies that impact on other Committee areas;
3. To make decisions regarding land and property including acquisition, disposal and appropriation, not within the purview of any other Committee;
4. To provide strategic oversight of the Corporate Risk Register;
5. To be responsible for all policy matters not otherwise allocated to any other Committee and to determine any disputes or differences between Committees;
6. The annual budget preparation process and consideration of overall Committee budgets, including the setting of Council Tax and prudential indicators.
7. Civic and Ceremonial matters (including the appointment of representatives on Outside Bodies with the exception of the list considered at the Annual Meeting of the Council; Members' Allowances and Regalia).
8. The appointment of, and disciplinary action against, Chief and Statutory Officers.
Areas of responsibility:
a. Lead on the Corporate Governance Framework (jointly with the Chairs of Standards & Constitution and Audit & Scrutiny Committees) incorporating Strategic Planning, Corporate Risk and Performance Management;
b. Council compliance with Financial Regulations;
c. All matters relating to the oversight of the approved Council Budget and Policy Framework (including the setting of staff pay);
d. Medium Term Financial Strategy to include, though not exclusively, Capital Investment Strategy, Council tax support scheme, Business Rates and use of Council reserves;
e. Implementation and monitoring of Treasury management policies;
f. Asset management Strategy including the purchase, management and disposal of real property owned or held by the Council (note other committees may have responsibilities for service provision, venues or activities);
g. Community right to Challenge and Community Right to bid for Assets of Community Value;
h. Exercise the Council’s functions as Shareholder and consider recommendations from the Shareholders Sub Committee, making decisions as required;
i. Exercise of the Council’s powers as Trustee of any land or money held by the Council in trust
j. Administration of Council Tax & Housing benefits;
l. Electoral matters including polling stations, ward boundaries, ballots and referendums;
m. Procurement strategy and those matters that have budget or procurement implications for more than one committee;
n. The local economy and regeneration;
o. Emergency planning, resilience and business continuity;
p. Agreeing, recommending and reviewing key Corporate and Financial strategies (including but not limited to those relating to Workforce matters; ICT; Information Management, Information Governance and Data Protection; Communication and Engagement) which do not fall within the remit of other Committees.
q. Dealing (in the first instance) with any matters of general policy which do not fall within the terms of reference of any other committee and are not reserved to the Full Council.
In carrying out its responsibilities the Committee will:
1. Work in partnership with other Policy Committees and Sub Committees;
2. Develop, make decisions about and keep under review the Committee’s budget ensuring any decisions about spend are made within the allocated budget envelope;
3. Ensure any decisions about additional spend to the Committee’s agreed budget are in accordance with the Financial Regulations;
4. Have consideration to the Risk Management Strategy, Key Performance indicators and any action relevant to the Committee’s remit;
5. Have oversight of any matters of interest or concern relevant to this Committees remit.
To make recommendations regarding:
a. New policies or changes in policy within the remit of the Committee which would require resources beyond those allocated to the Committee;
b. Financial programmes for overall revenue and capital expenditure, including the Medium Term Financial Strategy and, as part of the annual budget setting process, the level of Council Tax and Prudential Indicators, subject to consultation with other Policy Committees;
c. Changes of use of Council owned (General Fund) land, subject to consultation with other Policy Committees who may be responsible for services currently operating from the land in question;
d. Annual pay policy statements;
e. Civic and ceremonial matters as detailed in 1 (7) above;
f. Polling District and Ward Reviews, ballots and referendums;
g. Changes to this Committee’s Terms of Reference;
h. Other matters under the Committee’s jurisdiction which, by virtue of statutory provision, must be determined by full Council.
1. New policies or changes in policy within the remit of the Committee which can be accommodated within the Committee’s overall allocation of resources;
2. The formation of other subsidiary companies and special purpose vehicles as deemed necessary to support property projects;
3. Determination of applications by community organisations for rental subsidies in respect of their use of Council owned land;
4. Determination of the tax base for Council Tax purposes;
5. Rents and charges for services, accommodation and land which are outside of the purview of other Committees;
6. Responses to consultations from the Government, other authorities and external agencies where there is a potentially significant impact upon the delivery of services falling under the remit of the Committee.
Delegation to Officers:
1. To the Chief Executive and Directors, the power to implement Council/Committee policies and deal with the day-to-day management of services relevant to this Committee, including the discharge of all functions of the Council, except for those which are identified above as reserved for determination by the Council, Committee or Sub-Committee.
2. The officers referred to in 1. above have the power in turn to delegate to other officers of their choice, the power to deal on their behalf and in their name with any of the above functions. Such delegation shall be in writing and signed by the relevant SMT Member and may contain such limitations or be subject to such conditions as that Officer shall decide.
3. Where committee delegated action has been taken by officers in 1. and 2. above, or the use of urgency powers has been exercised by the Chief Executive or Director this must be reported back to the Chair and Vice Chair at the next available meeting.
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