Agenda and draft minutes

The Charter Trustees for Bournemouth - Monday, 25th October, 2021 6.00 pm, NEW

Venue: Council Chamber, BCP Civic Centre, Bournemouth BH2 6DY. View directions

Contact: Karen Tompkins  Email: democratic.services@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

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19.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence from Charter Trustees.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors H Allen, L Allison, J Beesley, N Decent, B Dunlop, G Farquhar, M Haines, M Iyengar, C Johnson, A Jones, L Lewis, L Northover, T Trent and K Wilson.

 

20.

Declarations of Interests

Charter Trustees are requested to declare any interests on items included in this agenda. Please refer to the workflow on the preceding page for guidance.

Declarations received will be reported at the meeting.

Minutes:

The Honorary Clerk reported that no declarations of interest had been received for this meeting.

 

21.

Confirmation of Minutes and Matters arising pdf icon PDF 289 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 24 June 2021 and to consider any matters arising.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 24 June 2021 were confirmed as a correct record.

22.

Charter Mayor's Report

The Charter Mayor will report on his recent activities and any associated issues.

Minutes:

The Mayor reported on his activities since the last meeting of the Charter Trustees.  Charter Trustees were advised that he had attended 69 engagements ranging from swimming events to judging competitions.  In particular he referred to engagements at schools and engagement with the children.

 

23.

Responsible Financial Officer

The Charter Trustees are advised that Matthew Filmer, Acting Assistant Chief Financial Officer will undertake the role of Responsible Financial Officer replacing Nicola Webb. This change took effect from 1 July 2021.

 

Minutes:

The Charter Trustees were advised that Matthew Filmer, Acting Assistant Chief Financial Officer will undertake the role of Responsible Financial Officer replacing Nicola Webb with effect from 1 July 2021.

 

RESOLVED that the above report be noted.

 

24.

Budget Monitoring Update Report pdf icon PDF 135 KB

The forecast for the 2021/22 financial year is that the Charter Trustees of Bournemouth will underspend against the budget set. This is due to reduced activity caused by Covid-19 restrictions and ongoing caution as restrictions are lifted. The forecast surplus for the year is £13,325.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Matthew Filmer, Responsible Financial Officer (RFO), presented a budget monitoring report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and which appears as Appendix 'A' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

 

The RFO reported that the forecast for the 2021/22 financial year was that the Charter Trustees of Bournemouth would underspend against the budget set.  He explained that this was due to reduced activity caused by Covid-19 restrictions and ongoing caution as restrictions were lifted. The RFO reported that the forecast surplus for the year was £13,325.  Charter Trustees were advised that the reserves were forecast to increase to a closing position of £53,390.  The RFO reported that this represented approximately 33% of the overall budget and explained that a more prudent level would be 20%

 

The RFO reported that to facilitate the budget setting process for next year it was recommended, like last year, that a budget workshop was held this would look to provide clarity and direction in respect of levels of budget required for 2022/23, the Charter Trustees ambitions with regards to precept levels and therefore implications for council tax, a review of the tax base for the Charter Trustees of Bournemouth, a review of recharges made to the Charter Trustees which would include agreeing a charge for the use of vehicles from BCP Council and an appropriate level of reserves for the Charter Trustees to maintain.

 

RESOLVED that the Charter Trustees note the in-year budget position for 2021/22 and the proposed arrangements for a budget workshop.

 

Voting: Agreed


 

25.

Appointment of Charter Trustee for Bank Statement Verification

The Charter Trustees are advised that the Financial Regulations state:

 

2.2 On a regular basis, at least once in each quarter, and at each financial year end, a member other than the Mayor shall be appointed to verify bank reconciliations (for all 6 accounts) produced by the RFO. The member shall sign the reconciliations and the original bank statements (or similar document) as evidence of verification. This activity shall on conclusion be reported, including any exceptions, to and noted by the Charter Trustees at the next appropriate meeting.

 

The Charter Trustees are asked to confirm an appointment.  

 

Minutes:

The Charter Trustees were advised that the Financial Regulations state as follows:

 

2.2 On a regular basis, at least once in each quarter, and at each financial year end, a member other than the Mayor shall be appointed to verify bank reconciliations (for all 6 accounts) produced by the RFO. The member shall sign the reconciliations and the original bank statements (or similar document) as evidence of verification. This activity shall on conclusion be reported, including any exceptions, to and noted by the Charter Trustees at the next appropriate meeting.

 

The Charter Trustees were asked to confirm an appointment to fulfil the above role.

 

RESOLVED that Councillor John Beesley be appointed to fulfil this role.

 

Voting: Agreed

 

26.

Outcome of External Audit for 2020/21

At the meeting of the 24 June the Charter Trustees approved the Annual Governance Statement and Accountability Return which includes the statement of accounts 2020/21. Following an external audit by PKF Littlejohn LLP the accounts were certified on 28 September 2021 and both the final submission and audit certificate can be found on the Charter Trustees website.

 

Minutes:

The RFO reported that at the meeting on 24 June 2021 the Charter Trustees approved the Annual Governance Statement and Accountability Return which included the statement of accounts for 2020/21. Following an external audit by PKF Littlejohn LLP the accounts were certified on 28 September 2021 and both the final submission and audit certificate can be found on the Charter Trustees website.

 

RESOLVED that the above report be noted.

 

27.

Future Banking Arrangements

In accordance with the Charter Trustees Financial Regulations which state:

 

“The Charter Trustees’ banking arrangements, including the bank mandate, shall be made by the RFO and approved by the Charter Trustees. They shall be regularly reviewed for control and efficiency.”

 

Charter Trustees are advised of the future banking arrangements whereby from 1 April 2022 all 3 current suppliers to BCP have been combined into one and in accordance with the Financial Regulations are asked to approve these arrangements.  

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Charter Trustees were advised that the Financial Regulations state: “The Charter Trustees’ banking arrangements, including the bank mandate, shall be made by the RFO and approved by the Charter Trustees. They shall be regularly reviewed for control and efficiency.”

 

The RFO reported on the future banking arrangements whereby from 1 April 2022 all 3 current suppliers to BCP have been combined into one and Barclays would be the Council’s supplier. The RFO outlined the potential advantages for the Charter Trustees in using BCP Council’s banking supplier.

 

In accordance with the Financial Regulations the Charter Trustees were asked to approve these arrangements.

 

RESOLVED that the Charter Trustees approve the above arrangements.

 

Voting: Agreed

 

28.

Feedback from Civic Working Group

The Charter Trustees will be updated on any feedback from the Civic Working Group held on 24 September 2021.

Minutes:

The Mayor provided feedback from the Civic Working Group held on 24 September 2021 which included updating the Charter Trustees on the requirements of the Bournemouth mayoralty from the BCP civic centre.

 

RESOLVED that the update be received and noted.

 

29.

Proposed Rifles Freedom Parades 2022

The Charter Trustees will be updated on proposed arrangements for the above.

Minutes:

The Mayor reported that the Rifles had approached the Charter Trustees to request the opportunity to exercise their Freedom Rights and parade in Bournemouth in 2022.

 

He explained that this was the first opportunity to formally report this to the Charter Trustees and that the Civic Team was working with the BCP Council Events Team on the proposed arrangements and associated costs and wouldfeedback to the Charter Trustees at the earliestopportunity. 

 

The Mayor, at this stage, asked the Charter Trustees if they were supportive of the parade taking place if it was financially viable.

 

RESOLVED that the Charter Trustees were supportive of the parade taking place subject to the outcome of the issues raised above.

 

Voting: Agreed

 

30.

Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations - City Status Bid

The Charter Trustees will be updated on the above.

 

Minutes:

The Mayor reported that he had received a letter from Councillor Drew Mellor, the Leader of BCP Council, to ask him to consider at the next meeting of the Charter Trustees, whether Bournemouth as a town would like to put forward a bid for city status.

 

The Honorary Clerk reported that there was no funding associated with achieving city status.

 

The Charter Trustees discussed the implications of submitting a bid for Bournemouth, including the potential prestige for the town, the affect for Poole and Christchurch and the wider BCP area, comments on the timing for the submission of the bid, that achieving the status could be divisive, the opportunity to champion areas and highlighting if residents wanted city status.

 

RESOLVED that the Charter Trustees support the submission of a City Status Bid for Bournemouth.

 

Voting: Majority decision – For – 20, Against – 4, Abstentions – 4 

 

Prior to concluding the meeting, the Mayor referred to the following:

 

  • The Poppy Collection which had recently been launched
  • The proposals for hanging a portrait of Councillor Susan Phillips in the parlour.
  • Thanking the Democratic Services team and in particular Carolyne Suter, Hazel Randall, Gary Richards, Karl Hopton and Jeff Brown for their support to the Mayor.