Agenda

Cheshire Fire Authority - Wednesday, 7th December, 2022 10.30 am

Venue: Lecture Theatre - Training Centre, Sadler Road, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 2FQ. View directions

Contact: Donna Linton  Governance and Corporate Planning Manager

Items
No. Item

PART 1 - BUSINESS TO BE DISCUSSED IN PUBLIC

1.

PROCEDURAL MATTERS

1A

Recording of Meeting

Members are reminded that this meeting will be audio-recorded.

1B

Apologies for Absence

1C

Chair's Announcements

To receive any announcements that the Chair wishes to make prior to the commencement of the formal business of the meeting.

1D

Declaration of Members' Interests

Members are reminded to disclose any interests that are relevant to any item on the Agenda.

1E

Questions from Members of the Public

To receive any questions submitted, in accordance with procedure rules 4.47 to 4.54 by members of the public within the area covered by the Fire Authority.

1F

Minutes of Fire Authority pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the Fire Authority Meeting held on 28th September 2022.

1G

Minutes of Brigade Managers' Pay and Performance Committee pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To receive, for information, the minutes of the Brigade Managers’ Pay and Performance Committee meeting held on 9th November 2022.

1H

Minutes of Staffing Committee pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To receive, for information, the minutes of the Staffing Committee meeting held on 9th November 2022.

1I

Minutes of Governance and Constitution Committee pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To receive, for information and decisions the minutes of the Governance and Constitution Committee meeting held on 16th November 2022.

 

Item 3 – Review of Financial Regulations

 

The Report and Appendix considered by the Committee are attached as Annex 1. There was a requirement to confirm the changes to the Financial Regulations to the Fire Authority. 

 

No decision is required.

 

Item 5 – Further Term for Independent Person (Handling of Complaints about Member Conduct)

 

The Report and Appendix considered by the Committee are attached as Annex 2. A decision is required.

 

Recommended that:

 

Mr Donald Clark be appointed as Independent Person for a further three year term (ending in February 2026).

 

Item 6 – Members’ Allowances Scheme Uplift 2022-23 and Members’ Allowances Scheme 2023-24

 

The Report and Appendix considered by the Committee are attached as Annex 3.  Three decisions are required.

 

Recommended that:

 

[1]       An uplift of 5% be applied to the Members’ Allowances Scheme 2022-23

 

Note: This effectively changes the way the Annual Increase is calculated and applied for 2022-23; instead of an across-the-board percentage pay award a lump sum pay award was given to Local Government employees and this could not be applied to the Members’ Allowances Scheme, as drafted.

 

[2]       The allowance payable to the Independent Audit Committee Member be added to the Members’ Allowances Scheme

 

Note: The Independent Audit Committee Member was appointed on 16th November 2022. The role attracts an allowance of £1,250 (subject to any Annual Increase).

 

[3]       The Members’ Allowance Scheme for 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024 be based on the 2022-23 Scheme once the uplift has been applied.

 

Note: The Members’ Allowance Scheme 2023-24 is attached to this Agenda as Annex 3 (see pages 55 to 58). This is the Scheme that Members are being asked to approve. This is the 2022-23 Scheme after the 5% uplift has been applied. It includes the addition to the Scheme that is recommended in [2], above.

Additional documents:

1J

Minutes of Audit Committee pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To receive, for information, the minutes of the Audit Committee held on 16th November 2022.

1K

Minutes of Performance and Overview Committee pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To receive, for information, the minutes of the Performance and Overview Committee meeting held on 23rd November 2022.

1L

Notes of the Member Training and Development Group pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To receive, for information, the notes of the Member Training and Development Group meeting held on 4th October 2022.

1M

Notes of the Risk Management Board pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To receive, for information, the notes of the Risk Management Board meeting held on 25th October 2022

1N

Programme of Member Meetings 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 64 KB

The Programme is similar to previous years, taking into account as far as possible the anticipated meeting arrangements of the constituent authorities. Members are asked to note the Programme.

ITEMS REQUIRING DISCUSSION / DECISION

2.

External Auditor's Annual Report 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Additional documents:

3.

Treasury Management - Mid Year Report 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 154 KB

4.

2023-24 Draft Budget, Council Tax and Medium-Term Financial Plan pdf icon PDF 117 KB

PART 2 - BUSINESS TO BE DISCUSSED IN PRIVATE

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