Agenda and draft minutes

Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, North West Leicestershire District Council Offices, Coalville

Contact: Democratic Services (01530 454512) 


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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 198 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 8 September 2022.


Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 8 September 2022.


It was agreed by affirmation of the meeting that the minutes were a correct record and




The minutes of the meeting held on 8 September 2022 be approved and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.



Financial Performance to September 2022 pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Report of the Section 151 Officer.


Mr A Wilson presented the report and noted that there had been a small underspend, however due to the recent pay rise there had been an overspend on salaries, which officers were unable to predict as the pay rise had not been known about when the budget was set. It was acknowledged that the impactwould increase financial pressures however that it would be reflected in next year’s budget.


The possibility of drawing on a small general fund which had been put aside previously was discussed, with suggestions that this could be topped back up, if possible, at a later date. However, it was agreed that it would be necessary to observe how finances unfolded before a decision was reached.




The financial performance of the Partnership be noted.



Performance Report September 2022 pdf icon PDF 880 KB

Report of the Head of Partnership


Mrs S O’Hanlon presented the report to members, outlining the loss of experienced staff at Hinckley and Bosworth and noting the impact that his had had on performance.


It was highlighted that Council tax and Business Rates had been continuing to recover.


The Cost of Living crisis was discussed, and it was noted that the Partnership had been working with other authorities in order to raise awareness in terms of making officers more informed with regards to potential discounts and exemptions. More vulnerable tenants and council tax payers were being considered in terms of what help could be extended to them.


The changes since the end of September were reviewed, and it was noted that the Energy Rebate scheme had since closed and that no monies had been returned to the government. The Covid Additional Relief Fund had also been paid out to Business Rates payers. 


A potential fund to help people with alternative energy was also discussed. A member raised concerns around how to verify who would be eligible for this fund, using the example of kerosene oil and was advised that officers were expecting a webinar to explore this. It was also noted that a working group would be set up and that there may be a form however there were still questions around how eligibility would be verified.


A member enquired whether, due to economy growth slowing down, would we have an indication of the number of new properties becoming liable for council tax. Officers directed members to the report, where it the number of banded council tax dwellings was highlighted.


A discussion was held around the controversial issue of the amount of new dwellings being built and whether this would see a downturn now that the cost of living crisis has impacted on the number of mortgages being taken out.


A member asked for clarification on the amount of vacant job roles and officers advised whilst it had been difficult to cope, temporary staff had been set in place to alleviate this somewhat. It was noted that staffing issues had been a problem across the board.


A member thanked officers for rolling out all of the packages of governmental financial help so quickly and efficiently and within a small amount of time.




The Performance Report of September 2022 be noted.


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To note the Joint Committee’s Forward Plan


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




The Joint Committee’s forward plan be noted.



Dates of Future Meetings

Thursday, 19 January 2023    3.30pm Harborough

Thursday, 30 March 2023       3.30pm Hinckley

Thursday, 6 July 2023            3.30pm NWLDC


Members discussed the dates and venues of the future meetings.




The dates and venues of the future meetings be noted.



Exclusion of Press and Public

The officers consider that the press and public should be excluded during consideration of the following items in accordance with Section 100(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 as publicity would be likely to result in disclosure of exempt or confidential information.  Members are reminded that they must have regard to the public interest test and must consider, for each item, whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption from disclosure outweighs the public interest in making the item available.




In pursuance of Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting on the grounds that the business to be transacted involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act and that the public interest in maintaining this exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.


Reason for decision: To enable the consideration of exempt information.



Future of the Partnership

Verbal report of the Head of Partnership

Additional documents:


The possibility of other authorities joining with the Partnership was discussed, which could potentially lead to a reduction in ICT expenditure.


A member asked whether it could be considered to function in a more hybrid fashion moving forward. Mrs J Kenny advised that there was still no provision in the existing legislation to allow members to attend and vote at meetings remotely and it was a statutory requirement for members to meet in person in order to be permitted to vote. It was noted that members could attend remotely, comment on reports, but would not be allowed to vote on any decision.


Members were keen to pursue the model of hybrid meetings as this would also be in keeping with the zero carbon targets.




The future of the Partnership joining with another authority be explored.