Scrutiny Board, Monday 19 December 2016
This meeting will be held in the Council Chamber, Mendip District Council, Shepton Mallet at 6.30 pm.
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 28 November 2016.
The purpose of this report is to update Members on the Council's Corporate Policies and Procedures on RIPA following the last audit by the Surveillance Commissioners in November 2015.
7 COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION REVIEW AND PLANS FOR 2017/18
Each year Central Government (DCLG) requires local authorities to approve a Policy for helping those in need to claim a reduction in council tax. Whilst central government determine the level for pension age claimants, the Policy for working age claimants is discretionary. Since this Policy started in April 2013 Mendip has retained the same Policy, currently helping 6,712 households and reducing council tax by over £5.5m. Following a review by the Council Tax Reduction Members Panel in August 2016, it is recommended that the Policy remain unchanged for 2017/18
8 GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL SUMMARY REPORT 2016
This is a de-brief report on Glastonbury Festival 2016 in relation to statutory duties of Mendip District Council and matters covered by the Premises Licence issued by the Council.
9 FORWARD PLANs
The council's Forward Plan is attached for information
The Scrutiny Forward Plan is attached for discussion
10 URGENT BUSINESS
To consider any other business which the Chair decides is urgent.