Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 14TH JANUARY, 2013
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH): 3RD DECEMBER, 2012
“593 UPDATE ON THE SOCIAL SERVICES BUDGET PROGRAMME (DSS) –
Committee were updated on the progress being made in delivering the Social Services Budget Programme.
On 30th July 2012, Cabinet endorsed the Social Services Budget Programme and requested that Cabinet and Scrutiny Committee receive monthly progress updates in order to exercise proper oversight and scrutiny.
The Directorate was currently required to find savings totalling £8.5m by the end of 2015/16. Progress in identifying the 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. However, 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 by no later than January 2013.
Detailed in Appendix 1 to the report were details of progress for each project currently identified, and the report showed the current financial position on each of the identified Social Services savings for 2012/13.
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.
Committee noted that the initial revenue budget proposals for 2013/14 predicted a worsening financial position for the Council and included increased savings targets for the Directorate. Directors had been requested to formulate additional options for savings, additional income, etc. over the next four years.
A Member enquired what the phrase “Managed Budget Reduction” involved and was advised that all of the Teams within the Directorate had been given reduction targets.
A further Member enquired as to the deletion of the ICT Budget, and enquired as to the consequences.
The Member was advised that this was a limited opportunity to make savings but did not represent the whole of the ICT Budget.
RECOMMENDED – T H A T the progress in delivering the Social Services Budget Programme be noted and that the report be referred to Cabinet for information.
Reason for recommendation
That Scrutiny and Cabinet 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): 3rd December, 2012