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Agenda Item No. 5

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee: 19th July 2016

 

Report of the Director of Environment and Housing

 

Revenue and Capital Monitoring for the period 1st April to 31st  May 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 31st May 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

  1. 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 nos 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

896

896

0

Total Environment & Regeneration

23,626

23,626

                       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 £96k favourable variance against the profiled budget. The main reason is the vacant posts currently within the department, however, as it is early in the financial year it is projected that the budget will outturn on target.
  3. Waste Management - There is currently an adverse variance of £76k to the profiled budget. The variance to date is due to slight overspends on staffing and transportation. The 2016/17 budget includes a further saving target of £253k for a review on transport. Plans are in place to shortly implement round changes within waste collection, which will reduce the resources required and therefore reduce the overspend. 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 budget to date and it is anticipated that this service will outturn on budget.
  5. Regeneration - This budget covers the Countryside, Economic Development and Tourism & Events functions. There is currently a favourable variance of £24k against the profiled budget for May, due in the main to staff vacancy savings being made whilst re-appointments are being pursued. At this stage it is anticipated that this service will outturn on target.
  6. Development Management - Cabinet on 6th June 2016 approved a £62k budget transfer for the Drawing Office in Development Management to Resources and this is duly reflected in the above table. As it is very early in the financial year there is very little variance to the profiled budget and it is anticipated that this service will outturn on target.

Capital

  1. Appendix 2 details financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 31st May 2016.
  2. Members should be aware that Appendix 2 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.
  3. Appendix 3 provides non-financial information on capital construction schemes with a budget of over £100k.
  4. 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.
  5. Boverton Flooding - An emergency power was approved on 17th June 2016 to apply for and accept a Welsh Government grant of £1.79m for this scheme and to amend the Capital Programme once the grant was accepted. The Council now needs to increase its matchfunding budget, which is already included in the Capital Programme, by £166k. It has therefore been requested that this amount is vired from the Additional Highways/Environmental Improvement scheme which is not currently fully committed. The grant will be included in the Capital Programme once it is formally accepted.
  6. Dimming of Street Lighting/Fitting of LED Lanterns - Cabinet on 6th June 2016 approved the inclusion of £1.2m in the 2016/17 Capital Programme, funded from the Visible Services reserve. This amendment also requires approval by Council, which will be requested at the next meeting.
  7. Llandough Sustainable Transport - It has been requested that additional s106 funding of £52k is included in the Capital Programme for this scheme. It is also considered appropriate that the name of this scheme is amended to "Penlan Cycle/Footway".
  8. Broad Street Crossing - The costs of this scheme are now anticipated to be £10k more than currently budgeted, due to the need to modify the surface finishes to comply with residents requirements. It has therefore been requested that the budget is increased by £10k funded from s106 monies.
  9. Tackling Poverty - Late additional grant funding was received from Welsh Government which was used to fund schemes at George Street and Cowbridge Street. These schemes were to be funded from Council sources and therefore budget is now available to be used for other purposes. It has been requested that £99k is vired to the Barry Regeneration scheme to be utilised for Main Street area improvement works.

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

Officers Consulted

Director of Environment and Housing

Responsible Officer:

Miles Punter

 

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