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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting 29th February 2012

 

Report of the Leader

 

Final Proposals for the Revenue Budget 2012/2013

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             The purpose of this report is to set out proposals for Cabinet members to consider, before making their final recommendation to Council, in respect of the budget for the financial year 2012/2013.  It also sets out the savings targets for the years 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Recommendations

That Cabinet recommend to Council the following:

 

1.             Fix the budget for 2012/13 at £203.056 million including a provision of £150,000 for discretionary rate relief to rural shops and post offices and charitable organisations.

2.             Approve the budgets for 2012/13 as set out in Appendix B, the totals as follows:

 

£’000

Education and Schools

90,941

Libraries

2,656

Lifelong Learning

1,344

Catering

1,010

Children & Young People

13,969

Adult Services

33,634

Business Management & Innovation

264

Planning and Transportation

4,972

Economic Development and Leisure

5,235

Visible Services

20,850

Legal, Democratic & Registrars

164

Public Protection

2,395

Private Housing/Community Safety

2,631

Finance, ICT & Property

136

Human Resources

15

Building Services

11

General Policy

22,419

Chief Executive

233

Youth Offending Services

677

General Fund Reserve

-500

3.             Approve the recommendations regarding Net Growth set out in Appendix C.

4.             Set the Council Tax for 2012/13 for its own purposes (excluding police and town and community council precepts) at the following levels:

Band

Council Tax

          £

A

626.70

B

731.15

C

835.60

D

940.05

E

1,148.95

F

1,357.85

G

1,566.75

H

1,880.10

I

2,193.45

5.             The proposed draft report on Education Budget and IBA at Appendix A be endorsed and the Director of Learning and Development make arrangements for it to be forwarded to the School Budget Forum and Welsh Government (WG).

6.             The Director of Learning and Development be given delegated powers to determine the amount of money to be allocated to the schools’ delegated budgets after consultation with the Schools Budget Forum, subject to the Individual Schools Budget (ISB) being no less than the Welsh Government’s  target.

7.             The Director of Social Services produces a Social Services Budget Plan and takes the necessary action to achieve the level of savings required in accordance with the approved timeframe.

8.             The minimum savings targets for 2013/14 and 2014/15 as set out in the 2011/12 Medium Term Financial Plan, adjusted for the Social Services Budget Plan, be approved as follows: 

 




Minimum Savings Targets

2013/14

2014/15

TOTAL

 

£000

     £000

    £000

Learning & Development (excl. schools)

244

257

501

Social Services

1,847

1,333

3,180

Social Services Budget Plan

303

817

1,120

Environmental & Economic Regeneration

725

297

1,022

Legal, Public Protection & Private Housing

18

83

101

Finance, ICT, Property, HR

0

101

101

Chief Executive (inc. YOS)

38

62

100

Minimum Required for the Year

3,175

2,950

6,125

9.             The exact level of savings required together with their impact from 2013/14 onwards to be considered as part of a Budget Review to be undertaken following the Council elections in May 2012.

10.        The reclassification of reserves as set out at Appendix D be approved.

 

That Cabinet approve the following:

 

11.        The Director of Learning and Development update his medium term financial and service plan report for the Schools Budget Forum including details of the support he will give to schools in keeping within their budgets.

12.        The increased employee costs for the period to 31st March 2013 (first year plus one month) of implementing job evaluation in schools be funded from the Single Status Reserve.

13.        The costs of equal pay claims be met by the individual schools with the Single Status Reserve being used to assist schools in spreading the cost where necessary, as determined by the Director of Learning and Development.

14.        The Director of Learning and Development report to Cabinet at the earliest opportunity with the details of the transfer of the School Improvement Service to the Central South Consortium Joint Education Service including a comprehensive assessment of the financial, human resource and risk implications for this Council.

15.        Equality Impact Assessments for each proposed area of saving be undertaken by the relevant chief officer.

16.        The Director of Social Services approaches the Welsh Government to ensure that additional funding is received to fully finance the First Steps Initiative.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             Set 2012/13 budget in line with statutory requirements.

2.             Allocation of budget to services.

3.             Reduce risk to services.

4.             Set Council Tax levels for 2012/13.

5.             So that the report can be presented to the Schools Budget Forum and Welsh Government.

6.             Set out delegated authority in relation to allocation of Education and Schools budget.

7.             To ensure that the Social Services Budget Plan is achieved.

8&9 To set minimum savings targets for achieving savings and to ensure that the impact of these savings are fully considered.

10     To ensure that reserves are both adequate in purpose and level.

11     To put in place a coherent service and financial strategy for future years for Education and to assist schools in meeting cost pressures.

12&13To assist schools in implementing single status pay structures.

14     So members are fully aware of the financial and risk  implications and mitigating action can be taken

15    To monitor the impact on relevant groups of people

16   To ensure full funding is received from the Welsh Government

Background

2.             For full report and appendices please follow the below link

·               Final Proposals for the Revenue Budget 2012/13

·               Appendix A - Reason for Difference between Education IBA and Budget

·               Appendix B - Base Budget 2012/13

·               Appendix C - Net Growth 2012/13

·               Appendix D - Analysis of Reserves

·               Appendix E - Equality Impact Assessment

 

 

 

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