Scottish Borders Council

Agenda

Venue: Via MS Teams

Contact: Louise McGeoch Tel 01835 825005  email  lmcgeoch@scotborders.gov.uk

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Items
Note No. Item

1.

Convener's Remarks.

2.

Apologies for Absence.

3.

Order of Business.

4.

Declarations of Interest.

2 mins

5.

Minute pdf icon PDF 161 KB

Consider Minute of Scottish Borders Council held on 28 January 2021 for approval and signing by the Convener.  (Copy attached.)

 

5 mins

6.

Committee Minutes pdf icon PDF 28 KB

Consider Minutes of the following Committees:-

 

(a)     Teviot & Liddesdale Area Partnership               12 January 2021

(b)     Audit & Scrutiny                                                 14 January 2021

(c)     Local Review Body                                            18 January 2021

(d)     Executive Committee                                         19 January 2021       

(e)     Civic Government Licensing                              22 January 2021

(f)      Chambers Institution Trust                                 27 January 2021

(g)     Eildon Area Partnership                                     28 January 2021

(h)     Planning & Building Standards                          1 February 2021

(i)      Lauder Common Good Fund                             2 February 2021

(j)      Executive                                                           9 February 2021

(k)     Peebles Common Good Fund                           10 February 2021

 

(Please see separate Supplement containing the public Committee Minutes.)

 

Additional documents:

10 mins

7.

Budget Communication Strategy 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 170 KB

Consider report by Executive Director, Finance and Regulatory.  (Copy attached.)

 

Additional documents:

10 mins

8.

Council Tax 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 188 KB

Consider report by Executive Director, Finance and Regulatory.  (Copy attached.)

15 mins

9.

Digital Strategy pdf icon PDF 167 KB

Consider report by Executive Director, Finance and Regulatory.  (Copy attached.)

Additional documents:

20 mins

10.

Draft Anti-Poverty Strategy pdf icon PDF 147 KB

Consider report by Service Director Customer & Communities.  (Copy attached.)

 

Additional documents:

15 mins

11.

Proposed Place Making Approach pdf icon PDF 334 KB

Consider report by Service Director Assets and Infrastructure.  (Copy attached.)

10 mins

12.

Emergency Powers Reporting pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Consider report by Executive Director, Finance & Regulatory.  (Copy attached.)

5 mins

13.

Motion by Councillor Greenwell

Consider Motion by Councillor Greenwell in the following terms:-

 

This council notes the Scottish Government’s recent announcement of "a package of financial flexibilities and extra funding for councils to address the financial pressures caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic over the next two years".

Whilst we welcome the recognition of the financial crises local government is in, we remain concerned that this ‘financial package’ does not solve the problem.  

Only £139m of this package was ‘new’ money (£49m of which had already been announced).  The remainder of the package is only be available if local authorities make full use of the complicated set of ‘fiscal flexibilities’ set out.

But these fiscal flexibilities are no substitute for a fair funding settlement.  This council still faces a perfect financial storm of extra demand for services at a time of substantial loss of income which means impossible choices about the funding of services going forward.

This council notes that £2bn of ‘efficiencies’ have already been taken out of local government over the last decade.    We also know that the financial impact of COVID-19 will not be confined to the next few months and with Brexit looming the effects of both on the wider economy are going to make the crises in Local Government much worse.

This Council therefore pledges its support for UNISON’s campaign and calls on the Scottish Government to Plug the Gap in Local Government finance in the 2021/22 budget to:

        Reward Local Government Workers - Local Government workers have been the hidden heroes of this pandemic.  Their invaluable contribution to the COVID-19 response should be recognised and rewarded.

        Secure the long-term financial stability of Local Government – Local Government needs long term stability to protect essential jobs and services for the future.  The salami slicing of services needs to stop.

        Shape Local Government Fit for the Post-Pandemic Future – It is a matter of fact that a number of roles undertaken by local government workers have changed as a result of the pandemic.  These need to be recognised and their job evaluation reviewed as a result. 

        Fully Consolidate the Living Wage – Deliver on the existing commitment to fully consolidating the living wage for all local government workers across Scotland as committed to through our last pay deal.”

 

15 mins

14.

Open Questions pdf icon PDF 54 KB

15.

Any Other Items Previously Circulated

16.

Any Other Items Which the Convener Decides Are Urgent

17.

Private Business

Before proceeding with the private business, the following motion should be approved:-

 

“That under Section 50A(4) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the relevant paragraphs of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the aforementioned Act.”

2 mins

18.

Committee Minutes

Consider private Sections of the Minutes of the following Committees:-

 

(a)     Civic Government Licensing                              22 January 2021

(b)     Chambers Institution Trust                                 27 January 2021

(c)     Lauder Common Good Fund                             2 February 2021

(d)     Executive                                                           9 February 2021

(e)     Peebles Common Good Fund                           10 February 2021

 

(Please see separate Supplement containing private Committee Minutes.)

15 mins

19.

Borderlands

Consider report by Executive Director, Corporate Improvement & Economy.  (Copy attached.)

 

 

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