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Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

CABINET: 4TH FEBRUARY, 2013

 

REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH) - 14TH JANUARY, 2013

 

 

"           REVENUE AND CAPITAL MONITORING FOR THE PERIOD 1ST APRIL 2012 TO 30TH NOVEMBER 2012 AND UPDATE ON THE SOCIAL SERVICES BUDGET PROGRAMME (DSS) –

 

Committee received a report which:

 

-               advised of the position in respect of revenue and capital expenditure for the period 1st April 2012 to 30th November 2012 regarding those revenue and capital budgets within the Committee’s remit

-               requested a change to the Capital Programme

-               updated Committee on the progress made in delivering the Social Services Budget Programme.

 

The Revenue Budget and projected outturn for 2012/13 were shown at Appendix 1 to the report.

 

The current forecast for Social Services at year end was an underspend of £403k.  This was as a result of the savings identified for the year and anticipated to be achieved, being £403k in excess of the actual savings required for the year, set as part of the Social Services Budget Programme.  Whilst this was an achievement for the Directorate, it was noted that this was only a short term gain as the total savings target for the whole of the Budget Programme over the four year period had not yet been finalised.

 

Children and Young People’s Services – the year end projected outturn was an overspend of £123k.  An underspend in the Social Services Business Management and Innovation Division would reduce the recharge to Children and Young People’s Services and thus reduce the overspend.   The Service itself was actually projected to overspend by £177k.  There continued to be pressure on the Children’s Placements budget, specifically from children with especially complex needs.  There was also pressure on the budget in respect of accommodation costs for homeless young people and on the adoption budget due to a high cost post adoption support package.

 

Adult Services – the year end projected outturn was an underspend of £526k.  An underspend in the Social Services Business Management and Innovation Division would reduce the recharge to Adult Services and thus increase the underspend.  The Service itself was actually projecting to underspend by £391lk.  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 residential 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. 

 

Business Management and Innovation – the year end projected outturn was an underspend of £189k although this would be recharged to other areas of Social Services.  The reason for the underspend was mainly due to staff vacancies being held under the Protection and Policy heading pending a review of service provision.

 

Appendix 2 to the report detailed financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 30th November 2012. 

 

Day Care Re-configuration, Hen Goleg – refurbishment works commenced last year but were not completed by the end of March 2012.  As a significant proportion of the works were related to disabled access issues, it was proposed to transfer £37k to this budget to cover the remaining works from the Disabled Adaptations capital budget held within the Resources Directorate.

 

With regard to the Social Services Budget Programme Update, Committee were advised that the Directorate was currently required to find savings totalling £8.5m by the of 2015/16.  Progress in identifying these savings had been made and the current position can be seen below.  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 requested to finalise actions for these periods by no later than January 2013 and the results would be reported to the next meeting of the Scrutiny Committee. 

 

Year

Savings Required

£000

Savings Identified

£000

In Year (Surplus)/Shortfall

£000

Cumulative (Surplus)/Shortfall

£000

2012/13

1,430

1,833

(403)

(403)

2013/14

2,150

2,040

110

(293)

2014/15

2,150

675

1,475

1,182

2015/16

2,757

25

2,732

3,914

TOTAL

8,487

4,573

3,914

 

           

Appendix 4 to the report provided the latest details of progress for each project currently identified.

 

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.

 

It was 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.

 

Members, in referring to Project Reference C8 of Appendix 4 to the report “Revocation of Care Orders” felt that Committee should be periodically advised of the outcomes. 

 

RECOMMENDED –

 

(1)       T H A T the position with regard to the 2012/13 Revenue and Capital Monitoring be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the proposed amendment to the Hen Goleg Day Care Re-configuration Scheme, to include a budget of £37k, funded from a transfer from the Disabled Access Improvements Budget be endorsed and referred to Cabinet for approval.

 

(3)       T H A T the progress made on the Social Services Budget Programme be endorsed and referred to Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) and Cabinet for information.

 

(4)       T H A T Committee be advised periodically of the outcome of the Revocation of Care Orders as referred to in Reference C8 of Appendix 4 to the report.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       That Members are aware of the position with regard to the 2012/13 Revenue and Capital Monitoring.

 

(2)       That Cabinet approves the proposed amendment to the Capital Programme.

 

(3)       That Scrutiny and Cabinet Members are aware of the progress made to date on the Social Services Budget Programme.

 

(4)       To advise Committee."

 

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 14th January, 2013

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