Agenda and draft minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Monday, 12th February, 2024 5.30 pm

Venue: Hurstwood Room, Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, Hampshire PO9 2AX. View directions

Contact: Mark Gregory  Senior Democratic Services Officer


No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence





Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Kennett.


Declarations of Interest

To receive and record any declarations of interests from Members present.



There were no declarations of interests relating to matters on the agenda.



Havant Borough Council Budget 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 116 KB

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The Committee was given an opportunity to scrutinise the Council budget for 2024/25.


Members asked questions of clarification from the Cabinet Lead for Finance and the officers and raised points in relation to:


·                     Guidance on how VAT was charged.


·                     The impact of the budget on the Council’s Reserves.


·                     The proposed percentage increase to be applied to fees and charges.


·                     The limitations placed on fees and charges.


·                     The Council’s investment strategy.


·                     The strategies that informed the Council’s Budget.


·                     How the Council would determine cuts to services, if deemed necessary.


·                     The proposed Capital Budget.


·                     The provision made for mayoral duties.


·                     The amount of money spent on external consultants.


In response to questions raised, the officers agreed to supply details of expenditure on external consultants to members of the Committee.


RESOLVED that the information, evidence and data presented be noted.