Agenda and minutes

Cabinet - Tuesday, 16th August, 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Moorlands House, Leek, ST13 6HQ

Contact: Linden Vernon Email: or Tel: 01538 395613 


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Minutes of the previous meeting (previously circulated) pdf icon PDF 210 KB

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That the minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 21 June 2022 be approved as a correct record.



Declarations of Interest, if any

1.    Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

2.    Other Interests

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There were no declarations made.


Items requested by Cabinet and/or Non-Cabinet Members in accordance with Cabinet Procedure Rules 8.5(b) and (e), if any

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It was announced that following the passing of Councillor Hilda Sheldon the following appointments to outside bodies would be re-allocated as follows:


·         Moorlands Partnership Board – Councillor Andrew Hart

·         Conservation Liaison Panel – Councillor John Jones

·         Biddulph Arts Forum – Councillor Jim Davies


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 166 KB

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That the Forward Plan be approved for publication.



SMDC Refreshed Environment Enforcement Policy pdf icon PDF 224 KB

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The report presented an updated Corporate Enforcement Policy which set out the Council’s general approach to enforcement. It also presented a revised policy on enforcing environmental crimes.  The report was considered by the Community Overview and Scrutiny Panel on 11 July 2022.


Options considered:


There were no options to consider in the report because to be an effective regulator the Council needed to have a robust enforcement policies in place.




1.    That the revised Corporate Enforcement Policy at Appendix A of the report be approved.


2.    That the revised Policy on Enforcement of Environmental Crimes provided at Appendix B of the report be approved.



Fourth Quarter Financial, Procurement and Performance Review 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 493 KB

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The purpose of the report was to inform members of the Council’s overall performance and financial position for the period ended 31st March (“Fourth Quarter 2021/22”).  The report was considered by the Resources Overview and Scrutiny Panel on 20 July 2022.  The position was summarised as follows:






The Finance headlines for the Fourth Quarter were:

Performance against Budget

·           At the Fourth Quarter stage the General Fund projected outturn for 2021/22 was an underspend of £2,448,213.

Efficiency Programme

·           At Quarter Four £696,520 in savings had been taken against the 2021/22 general fund efficiency target of £830,430 - a shortfall of £133,910 in the year.

Capital Programme

·           The revised Capital Programme budget for 2021/22 was £13.96 million including the carry forward of capital underspends from 2020/21.  The provisional outturn for the year was £13.05 million; an underspend of £0.91million. 

Treasury Management

·           Cash investments held at 31 March 2022 totalled £27.3 million.

·           Council borrowing at 31 March 2022 totals £12.6 million

·           The Council’s net interest income receipts for the year exceeded the  budget by £4,002 in the year.

Revenue Collection

·           98.46% of Council Tax was collected by 31 March 2022 compared to 98.17% for the same period last year.

·           99.01% of Business Rates was collected by 31 March 2022 compared to 97.35% for the same period last year)

·           At the end of the Fourth Quarterdebt that was over 60 days old was £15,962 which compares with £65,090 at 31 March 2021.


Appendix A


The Procurement headlines for the Fourth Quarter were:

·         12 procurement activities were completed

·         The Procurement forward plan included 41 procurement activities for completion in 2021/22 (either SMDC only or joint)

·         At the 31 March 2022, 52% of procurement activity undertaken was on the forward plan.


Appendix B


The Performance headlines for the Fourth Quarter were:

·         68% of the key performance indicators met

·         The Council received 61 complaints, 200 comments and 42 compliments

·         Priority Actions - 12 green, 7 amber, 16 grey


Appendix C


Options considered:


Detailed Analysis is contained within the main body of the report.




1.    That the Fourth Quarter 2021/22 financial, procurement and performance position detailed in Appendices A, B and C and summarised at 3.3 of the covering report be noted.


2.    That the allocation of the surplus on the General Fund Revenue Account to reserves as explained in Appendix A (paragraph 2.11) be approved.


3.    That the proposal to carry forward unspent revenue budget as described in Appendix A of the report (paragraph 2.13) be approved.


4.    That the proposals to carry forward unspent capital budget as set out in Appendix A of the report (paragraph 5.6) be approved.