It has been a very busy start to the year for me as a member of the Resources and Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee. This is the time of year when this committee looks at budgets and is able to ask Cabinet members questions about their plans and service delivery ambitions. During the course of two all day virtual meetings we have been able to pick apart issues relating to Reserves of £17million (with £4 million of that uncommitted,) and Projects/Initiatives totalling £12 million.
Covid measures have obviously had a massive impact upon budgets, with revenues disappearing in some cases (Rates, Leisure services) and some major balancing of budgets being necessary using help from government. The overall situation within TDC looks relatively positive, thanks to the large reserve funds and a ten year financial programme that governs all spending.
I must commend all the staff at TDC who have changed roles and worked tirelessly to maintain public services for residents through these extraordinarily difficult times. The finance staff in particular deserve credit for getting grants out quickly and providing support to many residents and businesses.
Last Wednesday All Members Briefing where an update was given on the numbers who had contracted COVID. Tendring had gone from one of the lowest to one of the highest.
Each District Councillor has again been given £1000 to donate towards organisations, charities and non charitable groups to help them through this latest lockdown. Each District Councillor can make their own mind up to what groups they help. There is strict criteria that has to be adhere to.
TDC sport centres were in use for testing but this has been withdrawn so now there are new pop up test centres.
As it stands at the moment the County and Police elections are still taking place in May with government stating it is too late to change legislation to an all postal vote but this is being challenged also local authority could be left with large bill. Many schools are saying they cant be used in election so places will have to be found.
13/1 and 20/1 Took part in briefings mainly Covid related.