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Agenda and decisions

Venue: Council Chamber - Town House. View directions

Contact: Allison Swanson, tel. 01224 522822 or email  aswanson@aberdeencity.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.1

There are no items of urgent business at this time

Decision:

No urgent business

2.1

There are no items of exempt business

Decision:

No exempt business

3.1

Members are requested to declare any interests pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Decision:

to note the declaration of interest by Councillor Mason MSP which will be recorded in the minute.

4.1

There are no deputations at this time

Decision:

No requests for deputations

5.1

Council Delivery Plan 2020/21 - COM/20/052 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(i)           note the content of the Council Delivery Plan 2020/21; and

(ii)          instruct the Chief Executive to realign any of the delivery commitments and performance reporting set out in the Plan that may be required, as a result of any potential Council budget decisions, to meet Council’s instructions.

5.2

General Fund Revenue Budget and Capital Programme 2020/2021 - RES/20/065 pdf icon PDF 809 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(i)           to note the significant reduction in capital funding announced by the Scottish Government;

(ii)          to note the increase in borrowing by the Scottish Government reducing resources available to the public sector;

 

Net Zero Transition

 

(iii)         to note that the Council was developing a new prioritised Strategic Infrastructure Plan and developing a Net Zero Transition Plan that could be used to support the business case for any future bids to anticipated investment funding from the UK Government and the Scottish Government;

(iv)         to instruct the Head of Commercial and Procurement to introduce a climate friendly weighting for contracts the Council procures and report back to the Strategic Commissioning Committee on the outcomes achieved annually;

(v)          to instruct the Chief Operating Officer to provide the City Growth and Resources Committee, by July 2020, with options on how Carbon Budgeting for Aberdeen City Council could be introduced to support the organisation’s climate transition plans;

(vi)         to instruct the Chief Officer - Operations and Protective Services to replace all fleet vehicles with alternative powered vehicles (where such vehicles were available in the open market) as part of the rolling programme and within the allocated budget for that programme;

(vii)       to instruct the Chief Officer - Operations and Protective Services to report back to the Operational Delivery Committee on 21 May 2020 with the Tree and Woodland Strategic Implementation Plan which would be incorporated into the Open Space Strategy to increase tree coverage within the city;

(viii)      to instruct the Chief Officer - Governance to report to the Licensing Committee on 1 September 2020 with proposals to consult with the taxi and private hire trade on options for transitioning to alternative powered vehicles;

(ix)         to note that the Council would take delivery of 15 hydrogen fuelled buses during 2020/21;

(x)          to note that the Council would take delivery of a hydrogen fuelled refuse vehicle, the first within the UK;

(xi)         to note the Council’s commitment to invest approximately £100 million towards achieving Net Zero emission targets;

 

Local Outcome Improvement Plan

 

People Outcomes

 

(xii)       to reaffirm the Administration’s commitment to no compulsory redundancies;

(xiii)      to instruct the Chief Officer - Integrated Children’s and Family Services, following consultation with the Chief Officer - Finance, to introduce a supported rent scheme for care experienced young people who were attending further education and report back to the Operational Delivery Committee on 21 May 2020 with details of the scheme;

(xiv)      to instruct the Chief Officer - People and Organisational Development to report to the Staff Governance Committee on 9 June 2020 with a guaranteed interview scheme for any care experienced young person seeking to gain employment with this Council;

(xv)       to instruct the Head of Commercial and Procurement, following consultation with the Chief Officer - Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership, to report back to the Strategic Commissioning Committee on 11 June 2020 on future operational delivery models for Bon Accord Care and Sport Aberdeen;

(xvi)      to instruct the Chief Officer - Finance to give notice to  ...  view the full decision text for item 5.2

5.3

Housing Revenue Account Budget 2020/2021 - RES/20/060 pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Revised page 247 - Heat with Rent calculations for 2020/21

Additional documents:

Decision:

Net Zero Transition

 

(i)           to approve expenditure of £198,000 on cavity wall and loft insulation to help reduce heat loss;

(ii)          to approve expenditure of £7.634 million on heating systems replacement, installing combined Heat and Power where feasible;

(iii)         to approve expenditure of £1.276 million on the creation of Combined Heat and Power Plants;

(iv)         to approve expenditure of £420,000 on energy efficient measures in extra care housing;

(v)          to approve expenditure of £1.2 million on solid wall insulation to help reduce heat loss;

(vi)         to approve expenditure of £500,000 on refurbishment of properties and environmental improvements;

(vii)       to approve expenditure of £200,000 (over 2 years) to undertake an options appraisal for retrofitting alternative heating provision;

 

New Council House Programme

 

(viii)      to approve expenditure of £1.5 million for the refurbishment of the properties purchased at 206 Union Street to provide an additional 28 units;

(ix)         to note expenditure of £13.495 million on new housing units at Summerhill for 2020/21;

(x)          to note expenditure of £9.363 million on new housing units at Wellheads for 2020/21;

(xi)         to note that the Council had to date received 15 expressions of interest since advertising Phase 2 of the New Council House Build Programme with the expectation that these would meet the Gold Standard;

(xii)       to approve the transfer of land at market value to the Housing Revenue Account (HRA), to deliver Council housing (subject to undertaking all necessary consultations) in respect of the following sites:

-       Greenferns and Greenferns Landward

-       Former Kaimhill Outdoor Centre;

(xiii)      to delegate authority to the Director of Resources, following consultation with the Chief Officer - Finance, Chief Officer - Capital, Head of Commercial and Procurement and the Conveners of the Capital Programme Committee and the City Growth and Resources Committee, to approve business cases and expenditure, undertake all necessary procurement exercises to procure the works referred to in those business cases in accordance with the ACC Procurement Regulations and authorise entering into contracts and development agreements related thereto, for Council housing at the following sites subject to them falling within the financial model for HRA:

-       Greenferns and Greenferns Landward

-       Former Kaimhill Outdoor Centre;

 

Operational Matters

 

(xiv)      to instruct the Chief Officer - Early Intervention and Community Empowerment to review the Council Housing Allocation Policy and report back to the Operational Delivery Committee;

 

HRA

 

(xv)       to approve the budget as circulated separately - HRA Appendix 1;

(xvi)      to approve the setting of the weekly unrebated rents for municipal houses taking account of the proposals outlined for a fixed rent policy, at 4% per annum for 4 years, as detailed in Appendix 1 of the report, to take effect from Monday 4 May 2020;

(xvii)     to approve the level of revenue contribution to the Housing Capital budget for 2020/21 and note the provisional contribution for the subsequent four financial years as detailed in HRA Appendix 1, circulated separately;

(xviii)    to approve the proposal to maintain the working balances at 10% to meet future contingencies as detailed in Appendix  ...  view the full decision text for item 5.3

5.4

Common Good Budget 2020/2021 - RES/20/061 pdf icon PDF 165 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

(i)           to approve the Common Good budget for 2020/21 as detailed in Appendix - Common Good, circulated separately;

(ii)          to instruct the Chief Officer - Finance to undertake a review of the investment options for the Common Good cash balances and to report back to the City Growth and Resources Committee no later than December 2020;

(iii)         to instruct the Chief Officer - Integrated Children’s and Family Services to organise a Mental Health Awareness Event for the citizens of Aberdeen with the provision of £3,150 and the use of Council facilities; and

(iv)         to instruct the Chief Officer - City Growth, following consultation with the Head of Commercial and Procurement, and in conjunction with Aberdeen Inspired to support the continued development of the Nuart Project with £125,000 per annum for the financial years 2021/22 to 2023/24.

6.1

There are no items of exempt/confidential business

Decision:

No exempt/confidential business