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Scrutiny Board, Monday, 16 May 2016

This meeting will be held in the Council Chamber, Mendip District Council, Shepton Mallet at 6.30 pm.

Icon for pdf Approved Scrutiny Board Minutes 16.05.16 [152.46KB]
AGENDA
1          CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mobile phones should be switched to silent.  An induction loop is fitted in the Council Chamber.  Anyone who is a hearing aid user should switch their hearing aid to position 'T'.  The Chair will explain the evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency

2          APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
To receive apologies from Members who are unable to attend the meeting

3          DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
If a member of the Scrutiny Board or other member of the Council present at the meeting has a personal or prejudicial interest in any agenda item during this meeting they should declare its existence and nature publicly

4          PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
For items on the agenda
For items not on the agenda 

5          PREVIOUS MINUTES
To confirm the minutes of the Scrutiny Board meeting held on 25 April 2016.
Icon for pdf Item 05 Draft Scrutiny Board Minutes 25.04.16 [164.82KB]

6          CABINET MINUTES
There were none to report

7          FORWARD PLANS
The Council's Forward Plan is attached for information
Icon for pdf Item 07a Mendip District Council Forward Plan [277.67KB]

The Scrutiny Forward Plan is attached for discussion
Icon for pdf Item 07b Scrutiny Forward Plan [71.99KB]

8          A COUNCIL STRUCTURE FOR THE FUTURE
The Chief Executive will present a verbal report.

9          REVISED FEES FOR LOCAL LAND CHARGE SEARCHES
The corporate fees and charges report that came before Scrutiny Board in March 2016 recommended that due to a number of proposed national changes Local Land Charges Fees were held until 1 July 2016. Those changes are now confirmed so this report sets out the proposed Local Land Charges fees and charges for 2016/17 from 4 July onwards.
Icon for pdf Item 09a Revised Fees For Local Land Charge Searches [96.7KB]
Icon for pdf Item 09b Revised Fees For Local Land Charge Searches [393.72KB]

10        COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT GRANT FUNDING TO TOWN, CITY AND PARISH COUNCILS
The introduction of the Council Tax Support Scheme in 2013/14 had a significant impact on the tax base as it has to be applied as a discount and therefore reduced the tax base for each parish.

Town and Parish Councils have been compensated through a grant which is distributed through Mendip District Council.  Although allocation of the grant is not mandatory Mendip have distributed the full 2013/14 level of grant totalling £242k despite the significant reductions in Government funding to date and outlined for the future.  Continuing this grant therefore is not sustainable.
Icon for pdf Item 10 Council Tax Support Grant Funding to Town, City and Parish Councils [162.35KB]

11        URGENT BUSINESS
To consider any other business which the Chair decides is urgent.

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