Decision Maker: Cabinet, Council
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Report providing information on the regulation
and management of the Council's borrowing, investments and
cash-flow and requesting approval of the Prudential
The Cabinet Member with the Resources Portfolio introduced the report of the Group Director of Operations (previously circulated) providing important information regarding the regulation and management of the Council’s borrowing, investments and cash-flow; treasury activity for 2020/21; and seeking approval of the Prudential Indicator results for 2020/21 in accordance with the Prudential Code.
It was reported that the financial year 2020/21 was an unprecedented year with regard to treasury management due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic; the cost of borrowing remained low throughout 2020/21 and due to the pandemic the cost of shorter term borrowing was anticipated to remain low for a number of years; and that due to recent low returns for cash investments new ways to improve investment returns were continually being sought.
The submitted report summarised the capital expenditure and financing for 2020/21; the Council’s underlying borrowing need; the Treasury position as at 31 March 2021; prudential indicators and compliance issues; the economic background for 2020/21; treasury management activity during 2020/21; investment position; and performance and risk benchmarking.
It was also reported that the Council’s treasury management activity during 2020/21 had been carried out in accordance with the Council policy and within legal limits; financing costs had been reduced during the year; and a saving of £0.265m had been achieved from the original Medium-Term Financial Plan.
In presenting the report the Cabinet Member with the Resources Portfolio thanked the Treasury Management Team for their hard work and commitment during the pandemic.
RESOLVED - (a) That the outturn 2020/201 Prudential Indicators, as detailed within the submitted report and in Appendix 1, be noted.
(b) That the Treasury Management Annual Report for 2020/21, as detailed in the submitted report, be noted.
(c) That the report be forwarded to Council, in order for the 2020/21 Prudential Indicators to be noted.
REASONS - (a) In order to comply with the Prudential Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities.
(b) To inform Members of the Performance of the Treasury Management function.
(c) To comply with the requirements of the Local Government Act 2003.
Report author: Gail Banyard
Publication date: 11/10/2021
Date of decision: 05/10/2021
Decided at meeting: 05/10/2021 - Cabinet
Effective from: 19/10/2021