Agenda item

Provisional Medium Term Financial Strategy 2021/22 to 2024/25.

(The appendices to this report have been circulated separately and are published on the County Council’s website).



The Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Corporate Resources concerning the Council’s proposed 2021/22 to 2024/25 Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS), following consideration of the draft MTFS by the Overview and Scrutiny bodies and receipt of the Local Government Finance Settlement.  A copy of the report, marked ‘Agenda Item 4’, is filed with these minutes.


It was noted that the Corporate Governance Committee at its meeting on 29 January had agreed the Risk Management and Treasury Management Strategies (Appendices I and N to the report).


The Director reported that the final Settlement had been received the previous day and would result in no significant changes to the proposals. 


Mr. Rhodes CC said that the Adult Social Care precept increase was essential to enable the Council to balance its budget in 2021/22 and 2022/23.  The Council was financially vulnerable and he was concerned that there was little room for manoeuvre if problems arose in the future, for example in connection with the funding of infrastructure. 




(i)         That the comments of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees and the Scrutiny Commission as set out in Appendix P to the report be noted;


(ii)         That the following be recommended to the County Council:


a)    That subject to the items below, approval be given to the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) which incorporates the recommended revenue budget for 2021/22 totalling £399m as set out in Appendices A, B and E of the report and includes the growth and savings for that year as set out in Appendix C;


b)    That approval be given to the projected provisional revenue budgets for 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25 set out in Appendix B to the report, including the growth and savings for those years as set out in Appendix C, allowing the undertaking of preliminary work, including business case development, consultation and equality and human rights impact assessments, as may be necessary towards achieving the savings specified for those years including savings under development, set out in Appendix D;


c)     That approval be given to the early achievement of savings that are included in the MTFS, as may be necessary, along with associated investment costs, subject to the Director of Corporate Resources agreeing to funding being available;


d)    That the level of the general fund and earmarked funds as set out in Appendix K be noted and the use of those earmarked funds as indicated in that appendix be approved;


e)    That the amounts of the County Council's Council Tax for each band of dwelling and the precept payable by each billing authority for 2021/22 be as set out in Appendix M (including 3% for the adult social care precept);


f)      That the Chief Executive be authorised to issue the necessary precepts to billing authorities in accordance with the budget requirement above and the tax base notified by the District Councils, and to take any other action which may be necessary to give effect to the precepts;


g)    That approval be given to the 2021/22 to 2024/25 capital programme as set out in Appendix F;


h)    That the Director of Corporate Resources following consultation with the Lead Member for Resources be authorised to approve new capital schemes, including revenue costs associated with their delivery, shown as future developments in the capital programme, to be funded from funding available;


i)      That the financial indicators required under the Prudential Code included in Appendix N, Annex 2 be noted and that the following limits be approved:


j)      That the Director of Corporate Resources be authorised to effect movement within the authorised limit for external debt between borrowing and other long-term liabilities;


k)     That the following borrowing limits be approved for the period 2021/22 to 2024/25:


(i)     Upper limit on fixed interest exposures 100%;

(ii)    Upper limit on variable rate exposures 50%;

(iii)    Maturity of borrowing:-





Upper Limit

Lower Limit




Under 12 months



12 months and within 24 months



24 months and within 5 years



5 years and within 10 years



10 years and above




(iv)   An upper limit for principal sums invested for periods longer than 364 days is 10% of the portfolio;


l)      That the Director of Corporate Resources be authorised to enter into such loans or undertake such arrangements as necessary to finance capital payments in 2021/22, subject to the prudential limits in Appendix N;


m)   That the Treasury Management Strategy Statement and the Annual Investment Strategy for 2021/22, as set out in Appendix N, be approved including:


(i)     The Treasury Management Policy Statement, Appendix N; Annex 4;

(ii)    The Annual Statement of the Annual Minimum Revenue Provision as set out in Appendix N, Annex 1; 


n)    That the Capital Strategy (Appendix G), Corporate Asset Investment Fund Strategy (Appendix H), Risk Management Policy and Strategy (Appendix I), Earmarked Funds Policy (Appendix J) and Insurance Policy (Appendix L) be approved;


o)    That it be noted that the Leicester and Leicestershire Business Rate Pool will continue for 2021/22;


p)    That the Director of Corporate Resources following consultation with the Lead Member for Resources be authorised to make any changes to the provisional MTFS which may be required as a result of changes arising between the Cabinet and County Council meetings, noting that any changes will be reported to the County Council on 17th February 2021;


q)    That it be noted that following the enactment of the relevant legislation a report will be presented to the Council’s Constitution Committee and thereafter to the County Council regarding the proposed addition to the County Council’s Constitution (Part 2, Article 12.04) to confirm that the Director of Corporate Resources, as the Chief Financial Officer, is the Responsible Officer for the Leicestershire County Council Local Government Pension Scheme;


r)      That the Leicestershire School Funding Formula remains unchanged and continues to reflect the National Funding Formula for 2021/22.






To enable the County Council to meet its statutory requirements with respect to setting a budget and Council Tax precept for 2021/22, to allow efficient financial administration during 2021/22, and to provide a basis for the planning of services over the next four years. 


Continuing an unchanged Leicestershire School Funding Formula for 2021/22 will ensure that it fully reflects the National Funding Formula.

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