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Agenda Item No.

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

CABINET: 5TH NOVEMBER, 2012

 

REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH): 8TH OCTOBER, 2012

 

 

"396    REVENUE AND CAPITAL MONITORING FOR THE PERIOD 1ST APRIL, 2012 TO 31ST AUGUST, 2012 AND UPDATE ON THE SOCIAL SERVICES BUDGET PROGRAMME (DSS) -

 

Committee were advised of the position in respect of revenue and capital expenditure for the period 1st April, 2012 to 31st August, 2012 regarding those revenue and capital budgets within the Committee's remit, and were also requested to agree to a change to the Capital Programme. 

 

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

 

The current forecast for Social Services was for a balanced revenue budget. 

 

Children and Young People’s Services - there continued to be pressure on the Children's Placement Budget, specifically from children with especially complex needs.  There was also pressure on the budget in respect of accommodation costs for homeless young people.  Any increase in the number of children becoming looked after by the Council over the year could have a significant impact on the service. 

 

Adult Services - there was continuing pressure on the Community Care Packages budget.  This budget was extremely volatile and could be adversely affected by outside influences such as last year’s introduction of the First Steps Initiative by the Welsh Government which capped charging for non-essential services to £50 per week.  The impact of this change would continue to be monitored as the year progressed and discussions with the Welsh Government regarding the issue would continue.  Another issue to affect the year end position would be the 2012/13 fee set in respect of personal care costs for residents placed by the Council in residential and nursing homes provided by the independent sector.  A further pressure on the service was the need to achieve the savings targets, set as part of the Social Services Budget Programme.

 

Appendix 2 to the report detailed financial progress on the Capital Programme as of 31st August, 2012. 

 

Day Care Re-configuration, Rondel House - works were needed to transfer the servicing of the kitchens at Rondel House to a new electricity supply.  Works had been anticipated to cost £50,000 more than the existing budget.  It was proposed to fund £25,000 of the costs from a contribution from revenue budgets whilst it was proposed that the balance be transferred from the approved Capital Budget for the upgrade of Rhoose Road Residential Home, where it had been determined that it was not feasible to carry out extension work within the budget available due to complications with drainage. 

 

Gibbonsdown Community Centre - under the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee's remit, there was a proposed capital scheme to refurbish the Gibbonsdown Children's Centre.  It had been proposed that the scheme be funded partly from the Flying Start Capital Grant and also from the Barry Regeneration Area (BRA) Grant.  Neither grant offers had yet been formally received by the Council, although the BRA Grant had initially been approved for the Gibbonsdown Children's Centre, who had originally applied for the grant.  When grant offers had formally been received, Committee would be advised, and an amendment to the Capital Programme would be requested. 

 

Cabinet, on 30th July, 2012 had requested that further updates on progress with the Social Services Budget Programme be reported on a monthly basis. 

 

In order to meet corporate savings targets and to bring the budget back in line following the projected overspend in 2012/13, the Directorate was currently required to find savings totalling £8.5m by the end of 2015/16.

 

Progress in identifying these savings had been made, and the table included within the report showed the current position.  Sufficient savings had been identified to meet the targets for 2012/13 and 2013/14 but there still remained £3.9m to be identified for 2014/15 and 2015/16.  The Director of Social Services had been asked to finalise actions for these periods no later than January 2013.

 

The report to Cabinet on 30th July, 2012 had identified a shortfall in the savings of £4.5m.  Since this date, further savings of £588,000 had been identified by re-assessing saving targets for existing projects and by identifying new projects but, subject to approval, other projects would not be pursued. 

 

It was proposed that the following new projects be progressed:

 

·                    Residential Care Provision Tender (£50,000) - the Council would review the way in which it purchased residential provision for children and young people.

·                    Supported Lodgings (£20,000) - arrangements for the provision of supported lodgings for young people would be reviewed.

·                    Team Configuration (£20,000) - team budgets within the Children’s and Young People Service would be reviewed.

 

It was proposed that the following projects be not progressed further:

 

·                    Meals on Wheels (£10,000) - the relatively small level of saving was not commensurate with the high level of resource required to realise the changes.

·                    Learning Disabilities Day Services (£500,000) - the initial report from an external review of this service identified limited potential to make savings.

·                    Business Manager Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Council Funding (£27,000) - this saving would be achieved as part of the Business Management and Innovation Managed Budget Reduction Project and it had been transferred to that project.

 

The table included within paragraph 20 of the report showed the breakdown of the currently identified savings by Service Area.

 

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 continue to be reported on a monthly basis as part of the overall financial monitoring report for the Directorate.

 

Discussions ensued on the contents of the report, and the recommendations contained therein. 

 

RECOMMENDED -

 

(1)       T H A T the position with regard to the 2012/13 Revenue and Capital Monitoring be noted, and that the proposed amendment to the Day Care Re-Configuration Capital Scheme at Rondel House to increase the budget by £50,000 (funded from a transfer of £25,000 from the Rhoose Road Capital Budget and £25,000 contribution from revenue) be endorsed and referred to Cabinet for approval.

 

(Councillor Ms. R.F. Probert stated that she did not know enough about the proposed changes to the Capital Programme to express a view.)

 

(2)       T H A T the progress made on the Social Services Budget Programme be endorsed and referred to Cabinet for approval.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       That Scrutiny Members are aware of the position with regard to the 2012/13 Revenue and Capital Monitoring, and Cabinet approves the proposed amendment to the Capital Programme.

 

(2)       That Scrutiny and Cabinet Members are aware of the progress made to date on the Social Services Budget Programme and endorse the proposed amendments."

 

Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 8th October, 2012

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