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Agenda Item No. 4

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee: 14th June 2016

 

Report of the Director of Environment and Housing Services

 

Revenue and Capital Monitoring for the period 1st April to 30th April 2016

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To bring to the attention of this Scrutiny Committee, the position in respect of revenue and capital expenditure for the period 1st April to 30th April 2016 regarding those revenue and capital budgets, which form this Committee's remit.

Recommendation

It is recommended that :-

  1. The position with regard to the 2016/17 revenue and capital monitoring is noted.

Reason for the Recommendation

That members are aware of the position with regard to the 2016/17 revenue and capital monitoring relevant to this scrutiny committee. 

Background

  1. Council on the 2nd March 2016 (minute no 885 and 884 respectively) approved the Revenue and Capital Budgets for 2016/17. Reports monitoring expenditure are brought to this committee on a regular basis.
  2. Following changes to the remit of Scrutiny Committees, Leisure, Parks, Sport and Play budgets are now included under the Healthy Living and Social Care Scrutiny Committee.

Relevant Issues and Options

Revenue

  1. The Revenue Budget and projected outturn for 2016/17 are shown in the table below. It is early in the financial year and it is currently projected that services under this Committee will outturn within target at year end.

Environment & Regeneration               

Revenue Budget

Probable Outturn

Variance

(+ ) Favourable

(-) Adverse

 

£000

£000

£000

Highways & Engineering

8,302

8,302

0

Waste Management

7,422

7,422

0

Building Services

0

0

0

Transportation

4,834

4,834

0

Regeneration

2,172

2,172

0

Development Management

958

958

0

Total Environment & Regeneration

23,688

23,688

                       0

  1. A graph and table setting out the variance between profiled budget and actual expenditure to date is attached at Appendix 1.
  2. Highways & Engineering - There is currently a £26k favourable variance against the profiled budget. The main reason is the vacant posts currently within the department. It is currently projected that the budget will out-turn on target.
  3. Waste Management - There is currently an adverse variance of £37k to the profiled budget. The variance to date is due to slight overspends on staffing, transportation costs and income being lower than anticipated. The 2016/17 budget included a further saving target of £253k for a review on transport. Plans are in place to shortly implement round changes within waste collections in order to reduce the resources required which should reduce the overspends above. In view of this, it is currently projected that the budget will outturn on target.
  4. Transportation - There is currently a favourable variance of £8k against the profiled budget. Staffing costs within the division are lower than budgeted to date and payments for the supported bus service are also lower than budgeted. It is currently anticipated that this service will outturn on budget.
  5. Regeneration - This budget covers the Countryside, Economic Development and Tourism & Events functions. As it is very early in the financial year there is currently no variance to the profiled budget and it is anticipated that this service will outturn on target.
  6. Development Management - As it is very early in the financial year there is currently no variance to the profiled budget and it is anticipated that this service will outturn on target. From 1st March 2016, the Drawing Office, which had formerly been included within the Development Management division, was transferred to the Performance and Development division within the Resources Directorate, in order to create an Authority-wide Graphics Unit. Cabinet has therefore been requested to approve the transfer of £62k from Development Management to Resources.

2016/17 Savings Targets

  1. Attached at Appendix 2 is a list of savings to be achieved this year for this Committee. At this early stage of the year, services are working towards fully achieving their savings targets however updates will be provided to members during the year.

Capital

  1. Appendix 3 details financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 30th April 2016.
  2. The monitoring report shows actual expenditure for the month of April 2016 and is matched by a similar figure in the profile to date column, thereby showing no variances. Profiled expenditure has been requested from Project Managers and will be updated in the next report.
  3. Members should be aware that Appendix 3 does not include requests for unspent committed expenditure to be slipped from 2015/16 into 2016/17. A request for this slippage will be included in the Closing Down report presented to a future Cabinet meeting.
  4. Appendix 4 provides non-financial information on capital construction schemes with a budget of over £100k
  5. For all schemes where it is evident that the full year's budget will not be spent during the year, the relevant officers are required to provide an explanation for the shortfall and this shall be taken to the earliest available Cabinet.
  6. Road Safety Grant - Emergency Powers have been approved for the inclusion of a £61k Welsh Government grant for Road Safety improvements at Court Road.
  7. Safer Routes in Communities - Emergency Powers have been approved for the inclusion of a £99k Welsh Government grant for works to Dinas Powys cycle way.
  8. Culverhouse Cross to St Athan via the Airport - Emergency Powers have been approved for the inclusion of a £600k Welsh Government grant for bus improvement schemes on Port Road.
  9. Causeway Improvement Scheme - Members have approved that a £30k sustainable transport s106 contribution from the conversion of the Marine Hotel, Barry Island, be spent towards the Harbour Road Causeway Improvement scheme. It has therefore been requested that the 2016/17 Capital Programme is increased by £30k to be funded from s106 monies.
  10. Causeway Improvement Scheme - Emergency Powers have been used to vire £60k to the scheme to cover increased construction, design and supervision costs. This is to be funded from £19k Drainage Asset Renewal and £41k Flood Risk Management budgets.
  11. Paget Road Open Space Play Facility - The Council is currently investigating opportunities for improvements at nearby public open spaces in the vicinity of Penarth Heights and as part of this process are considering a number of parks in North Penarth. As such the Council is in the process of devising public consultation for enhancements, which will be undertaken during 2016. It has therefore been requested to change the name of this scheme to 'North Penarth Open Space Improvements'.
  12. Right of Way Improvement (ROWIP) Grant - Emergency Powers have been approved for the inclusion of a £31k Natural Resources Wales grant for Rights of Way Improvement schemes.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. As detailed in the body of the report.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. There are no direct implications arising from this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. There are no legal implications.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. There are no equal opportunity implications.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. Effective monitoring assists in the provision of accurate and timely information to officers and members and in particular allows services to better manage their resources.

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. The report is in accordance with the Policy Framework and Budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. The appropriate Chief Officer has been consulted. This report does not require Ward Member consultation.

Background Papers

None

Contact Officer

Carolyn Michael (Operational Manager - Accountancy) (01446 709778)

Officers Consulted

Director of Environment and Housing Services

Responsible Officer:

Miles Punter

Director of Environment and Housing Services

 

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