Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 5TH OCTOBER, 2011
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (CORPORATE RESOURCES): 13TH SEPTEMBER, 2011
“371 CAPITAL MONITORING: 1ST APRIL - 31ST JULY, 2011 (DFICTP) -
Details pertaining to the financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 31st July, 2011 were appended to the report. Further details were contained within the report as outlined below:
(i) Director of Social Services:
· Community Equipment Grant - the scheme, to establish and run a joint community equipment store based in Cardiff was administered by Cardiff Council. Cardiff would take the lead on progressing the works carried out with the vale reimbursing a share of the costs. Cabinet had approved the inclusion of £335,809 in the Capital Programme for 2011/12.
(ii) Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services:
· Housing Improvement Programme - Cabinet had approved an increase of £2m. in the current year’s Capital Programme in order to fund the significant improvements needed in the Council’s housing stock.
(iii) Director of Environmental and Economic Regeneration:
· Visible Services Asset Renewal - Council was to be requested to transfer the sum of £150k. from the Highway Maintenance budget to the Visible Services Asset Renewal budget in order to proceed with refurbishment works at Harbour Road bridge.
· Barry Island Footbridge - the Council had in place £171k. of funding as matchfunding for a Department for Transport grant bid of £500k. Members noted that a decision as to the outcome of the grant bid was still awaited.
Concerns were expressed regarding the proposal to transfer £150k. from the Highway Maintenance budget given the scale of the maintenance works required in respect of highways within the Vale that remained. Attention was also drawn to the fact that the Budget Task and Finish Group had recommended that an additional “one-off” funding of £900,000 be made available for highways and the view expressed that there would likely be other budget heads within Visible Services from which the required funding could be transferred.
Details were also presented within the report of variances between the actual spend to date and profiled spend in respect of the following schemes:
· Welsh Medium School, Barry - expenditure slightly ahead of schedule at this stage
· Welsh Medium School, Llantwit Major - expenditure currently well ahead of the original profile
· Vehicle Replacement Programme - expenditure behind profile
· IT Equipment 2011/12 - budget ahead of profile.
Appendix 2 provided non financial information on capital schemes with a budget of over £100k.
(3) T H A T Cabinet be notified that this Committee would not support the proposed transfer of £150k. from the Highway Maintenance budget unless assurances were received that all necessary works would be carried out.
Reasons for recommendations
(3) To inform Cabinet of this Committee’s viewpoint.”