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Agenda Item No. 12

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

AUDIT COMMITTEE: 6TH FEBRUARY, 2014

 

REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH): 2ND DECEMBER, 2013

 

 

'623    UPDATE ON THE SOCIAL SERVICES BUDGET PROGRAMME (DSS) –

 

Committee received an update on the progress made in delivering the Social Services Budget Programme. 

 

The Directorate was currently required to find savings totalling £6.0m by the end of 2016/17.  Savings totalling £6.189m had currently been identified and the surplus would be used to mitigate any additional savings to be found in future years.

 

The approved savings targets and the savings identified as shown below, including the £403,000 identified in 2012/13 in excess of the saving target for that year;

 

Year

Savings Required

£000

Savings Identified

£000

In Year Surplus/ (Shortfall)

£000

Cumulative Surplus/   (Shortfall)

£000

Additional 2012/13 savings

 

403

403

403

2013/14

2,150

2,040

(110)

293

2014/15

838

579

(259)

34

2015/16

1,700

1,776

76

110

2016/17

1,315

1,391

76

186

TOTAL

6,003

6,189

 

 

 

Progress for each project currently identified was shown in Appendix 1 to the report. 

 

The current financial position for each of the identified Social Services savings for 2013/14 were as follows: 

 

Project

Target Saving (£000)

Projected Saving (£000)

Position

CHILDREN'S

 

 

 

LAC Residential Care Placements

200

0

Jointly funded budget is currently overspending

Reduction in Contract Spend to fund SLAs

80

80

Achieved

Managed Budget Reduction

190

190

Achieved

Administrative Support

 

20

20

Achieved

TOTAL CHILDREN'S

490

290

 

Project

Target Saving (£000)

Projected Saving (£000)

Position

ADULTS

 

 

 

Reconfigure VCRS

40

40

Achieved

 

Meals on Wheels

 

32

20

Price have increased but budget currently overspending by £12k

Care Packages Budget Reduction

685

0

Budget is currently overspending

Managed Budget Reduction

183

183

Achieved

Supported Accom Learning Disabilities

150

150

Achieved

Residential Services

 

200

25

Negotiations still on-going with Hafod, however partly offset by savings on Council homes

Service Level Agreement

40

40

Achieved

Income Generation

 

100

100

Achieved

Provision of Food to Trinity

 

13

13

Achieved

Office Accommodation

 

7

7

Achieved

TOTAL ADULTS

1,450

578

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUSINESS MGT & INNOVATION

 

 

 

Managed Budget Reduction

75

75

Reorganisation is only partially complete; however, staff vacancies will contribute to achieving the saving

Funding to Carers Support Services

 

25

25

Achieved

TOTAL BUSINESS, MGT & INNOVATION

100

100

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL SOCIAL SERVICES

2,040

968

 

 

Whilst the majority of identified savings had been achieved this year, Community Care packages continued to be a volatile budget.  It was noted that the identified savings were currently £293,000 more than the required target for the budget programme as a whole at this stage, as additional savings were realised in 2012/13.  There were, however, areas of underspends elsewhere in the budget which could be used to offset this position.  In Children’s Services, the overspend on residential placements for Looked After Children was offset by an underspend in other areas where children were previously receiving a provision prior to their transfer into a residential setting.  In Adult Services, planning was already underway for the savings required for 2014/15 and, where possible were being achieved ahead of target.  An overspend of £140,000 was therefore currently being projected for the Directorate, however, work was being undertaken to address this position and overall a balanced budget was anticipated by year end. 

 

The Social Services Directorate was committed to achieving a balanced budget.  The Corporate Programme Board and Project Teams overseeing the plan would continue to develop it further and ensure delivery and progress.  Progress updates would be reported as part of the overall financial monitoring report for the Directorate.

 

In noting the targets saving of £200,000 for Residential Services and that negotiations were still on-going with Hafod, a Member enquired as to the Council’s current position and was informed that the Council should conclude its negotiations with Hafod by Christmas. 

 

In noting the overall targeted savings of £2,040,000 as compared with the projected savings of £968,000, Members recognised the level of the challenge facing the Directorate. 

 

A Member commented that the Meals on Wheels service had been reviewed recently but the service was still overspending.  The question was asked if the Service would be the subject of a further review. 

 

Members were advised that the reason for the review had been to reduce the level of subsidy.  Prices had been increased last April, and would increase again in the near future.

 

Having considered the report, it was

 

RECOMMENDED – T H A T the progress made in delivering the Social Services Budget Programme be noted and that the report be referred to Cabinet and Audit Committee for information.

 

Reason for recommendation

 

That Members are aware of the progress made to date in delivering the Social Services Budget Programme and endorse the proposed amendments.'

 

 

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 2nd December, 2013

 

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