Agenda and minutes

Executive Advisory Board - Thursday, 11th December, 2014 1.15 pm

Venue: Westminster Room, 8th Floor, 18 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HZ. View directions

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No. Item


Declarations of Interest


No declarations were made.


The Autumn Statement 2014 pdf icon PDF 157 KB

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Cllr Claire Kober (Resources Board Chair) introduced the report which summarised the announcements in the Chanellor’s Autumn Statement with implications for local government. In doing so, she highlighted the key issues outlined within the LGA’s on the day briefing and provided an update on a number of developments since the announcement on 3 December.


In the discussion that followed, Members asked for further details on the announcement that Government would seek to legislate to exempt Members’ travel expenses from income tax and National Insurance.  Serious concerns were expressed that the issue of deprivation of liberty was not included in the Autumn Statement and it was noted that the LGA would be pursuing this issue directly with Government.



The Executive noted the update.



Circulate an explanatory note on Government plans to exempt Members’ travel expenses from income tax and National Insurance.  Nicola Morton (Head of Local Government Finance).


Note of last LGA Executive meeting held on 23 October pdf icon PDF 98 KB



The Executive agreed the minutes of the previous Executive meeting held on 23 October 2014.  

Exclusion of Press and Public

The press and public were excluded for the consideration of the remaining confidential items.


Municipal Bonds Agency Next Steps


Paul Raynes (Head of Programmes, Environment, Localism and Welfare) introduced the item which outlined progress in the Bond Agency Project and asked for Executive’s approval to move into the launch phase of the Agency as recommended by the Bonds Agency Project Board. 


The Chair noted that Paul Rayne would be leaving the LGA in the New Year.  On behalf of the Executive, he expressed thanks to Paul for his contribution to the LGA during his eight years of service and wished him well for the future.


Members endorsed the report’s recommendations without further comment.




The Executive:


       i.          noted that the mobilisation phase objectives had been met to the satisfaction of the Project Board;


      ii.          authorise moving the Municipal Bond Agency into its launch phase as recommended by the Project Board;


     iii.          instructed officers to report the final total for the Agency’s equity raise, the LGA’s consequent shareholding  percentage, and any action recommended by the company’s directors as a consequence, to the March Leadership Board; and


    iv.          delegated the decision to confirm the Agency Board appointments to the LGA Chair and Group Leaders. 


Discussion on Devolution (Confidential)

Papers for this devolution themed workshop will follow on a supplemental agenda.