Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

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Apologies for Absence

To receive and note any apologies for absence.


There were no apologies received.


Declarations of Interest

Under the Code of Conduct members are reminded that in declaring interests you should make clear the nature of that interest and whether it is a disclosable pecuniary interest, registerable interest or other interest.



There were no interests declared.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 200 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 20 January 2022


Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 20 January 2022


It was moved by Councillor P Dann, seconded by Councillor R D Bayliss and




The minutes of the meeting held on 20 January 2022 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.



Financial Performance to February 2022 pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Report of the Section 151 Officer


Mr A Wilson presented the report to members. He advised that there was an underspend of just under £47k at the end of February and that as the back dated pay rise had had been applied the salaries were overspent. It was expected that there would be a year end saving of £32k as at 31 March 2022.


In response to a question from Councillor R D Bayliss, Mr Wilson advised that some of the savings had arisen due to Covid, such as car allowance etc. and as the partnership returned to normality, the budgets would be spent.


By affirmation of the meeting it was




The financial performance of the Partnership be received and noted.


Performance Summary Report February 2022 pdf icon PDF 861 KB

Report of the Head of Partnership


Mrs J Kenny presented the report to members. She noted that the partnership had been very busy with the annual billing. In terms of the performance it was noted that recovery collection for both Council Tax and Business Rates was improving, but it was not quite back up to the normal pre-covid levels. It was reported that both HBBC and NWLDC were just shy of their targets and that Harborough had met theirs. In terms of Benefits performance, not all targets had been hit, but all were in a sound tolerance level.


Members were advised that there had been a good take up of the Test & Trace scheme payments, which had now closed, as with the payments for the Omicron Leisure and Hospitality grant. The team was now working towards delivering the new Covid 19 Additional Relief Fund and gearing up for the Energy Rebate Scheme for properties in bands A-D.


Officers provided an update on how residents, who did not pay their Council Tax by direct debt, would be able to claim their refund.


Mr A Wilson updated members on the discretionary relief funding and the amounts each authority had been received. It was noted that it was for households in E-H where residents were facing financial difficulty and bands A-D if top ups were required. He noted some residential dwellings would not be eligible such as student residences, and that work was being carried out to finalise the policies.




The Performance Summary Report February 2022 be noted.



Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To note the Joint Committee’s Forward Plan


Consideration was given to the Joint Committee’s forward plan.


It was noted that there would be reports coming froward from the new internal auditors and the work that had been carried out in relation to the Grant Fraud Work.


Mrs J Kenny updated members on discussions that had taken place with other authorities in relation to joining the partnership with an update to come to a future meeting.




The Joint Committee’s forward plan be noted.



Date of The Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held at 3.30pm on Thursday, 23 June 2022 at North West Leicestershire District Council.


Members noted the dates and venues of the future meetings.