Agenda and decisions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

2.

Minutes from the 6 March 2024 & 12 March 2024 meetings pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To approve the minutes from:

Executive 6 March 2024

Executive 12 March 2024

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3.

Declarations of Interest

To receive and note any declarations of interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.

(The other registrable interests of Councillors of Somerset Council, arising from membership of City, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes: City, Town & Parish Twin Hatters - Somerset Councillors 2023 )

4.

Public Question Time pdf icon PDF 360 KB

The Chair to advise the Committee of any items on which members of the public have requested to speak and advise those members of the public present of the details of the Council’s public participation scheme.

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5.

Executive Forward Plan

To note the latest Executive Forward Plan of planned key decisions that have been published on the Council’s website.

 

Click here to access - Executive Forward Plan

6.

Developing the Approach to Transformation – Future Council pdf icon PDF 229 KB

To consider the report.

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Decision:

Following consideration of the officer report, appendices and discussion, the Executive:

 

1.      Approved the proposed scope of the Improvement and Transformation Programme.

2.     Noted the emerging programme timeline.

3.     Noted the progress made since February 2024 and the intention to provide regular update reports to Executive.

 

7.

Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) 2025/26 to 2029/30 pdf icon PDF 4 MB

To consider the report.

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Decision:

Following consideration of the officer report, appendices and discussion, the Executive:

 

1.      Recommends approval of the Medium-Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) for 2025/26 to 2029/30 and the savings targets for 2025/26 to Council.

 

2.     Recommends that the Council continues with the aim of avoiding a section 114 notice by taking all of the necessary actions and continuing to operate as if one had been issued. 

 

3.     Agreed to receive an updated Medium-Term Financial Plan in September 2024 which sets out the latest forecasts of future service costs, income and funding from 2025/26 to 2029/30.

 

4.    Recommends to continue actively campaigning for the reform of funding of councils and greater local freedoms.

 

5.     Approved that the Financial Control Boards continue to operate in 2024/25 as set out in Appendix 3 of the report. 

8.

Asset Rationalisation Programme: Yeovil and West Somerset Customer Facing Accommodation pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To consider the report.

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Decision:

Following consideration of the officer report, appendices and discussion, the Executive agreed:

 

1.        To relocate services from Petters House Yeovil to Yeovil Library.

 

2.        To relocate services from Williton Childrens Centre, Williton Library and Beckett House to West Somerset House.

 

3.        To delegate authority to Service Director, Strategic Asset Management in consultation with the Lead Member for Economy, Planning and Assets to appoint professional services as required, go to tender, evaluate, and award contracts up to £700k in line with approved capital bids, to make layout changes to Yeovil library and West Somerset House to facilitate the co-location of services.

 

4.       The case for Appendix B of the report to be regarded as exempt information and to be treated in confidence, as the case for the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing that information.