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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting 25th February 2013

 

Report of the Leader

 

Final Revenue Budget Proposals 2013/14 and Financial Strategy to 2016/17

 

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 revenue budget for the financial year 2013/14.  It also sets out the proposed financial strategy to 2016/17.

Recommendations

That Cabinet recommend to Council the following:

 

1.         Approve the Financial Strategy to 2016/17, incorporating individual funding proposals for Education and Schools and Social Services, as set out in the Financial Strategy section of the report.

2.         Fix the budget for 2013/14 at £218.734 million including a provision of £200,000 for discretionary rate relief to small businesses and other organisations.

3.         Approve the revenue budgets for 2013/14 as set out in Appendix C, the totals as follows:

 

£’000

Education and Schools

94,200

Libraries

2,608

Lifelong Learning

198

Youth Services

1,154

Catering

1,748

Children & Young People

14,255

Adult Services

36,044

Business Management & Innovation

379

Youth Offending Services

717

Environment and Visible Services

18,439

Parks and Grounds Maintenance

3,407

Building Services

(7)

General Fund Housing

1,142

Public Protection

2,447

Private Housing

11,213

Planning and Transportation

5,322

Leisure

4,190

Economic Development

830

Resources

203

Corporate and Customer Services

307

General Policy

21,438

General Fund Reserve

-1,500

4.         Approve the recommendations regarding Net Growth set out in Appendix B.

5.         Approve the savings targets set out in Appendix D on the basis that the targets for 2014/15 onwards will represent the minimum targets expected to be met by services.

6.         Set the Council Tax for 2013/14 for its own purposes (excluding police and town and community council precepts) at the following levels:

Band

Council Tax

          £

A

656.76

B

766.22

C

875.68

D

985.14

E

1,204.06

F

1,422.98

G

1,641.90

H

1,970.28

I

2,298.66

7.         The proposed draft report on Education Budget and IBA at Appendix E be endorsed and the Chief Learning and Skills Officer make arrangements for it to be forwarded to the Schools Budget Forum and Welsh Government.

8.         The Chief Learning and Skills Officer 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 being no less than the Welsh Government’s target.

That Cabinet approve the following:

9.         The Chief Learning and Skills Officer update her medium term financial and service plan report for the Schools Budget Forum including details of the support she will give to schools in keeping within their budgets.

10.      The Chief Learning & Skills Officer makes the required Council contribution of £653,275 for the 2013/14 financial year to the School Improvement Services Central South Consortium.

11.      The Director of Social Services produces a revised Budget Plan to 2016/17 outlining the actions necessary to meet the new financial strategy for Social Services.

12.      The Director of Resources bring a report on the details of the Council Tax Discount Scheme for the over 70s to a future meeting of Cabinet.

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

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To ensure that a viable and affordable financial strategy exists for the revenue budget.

2.         To set the 2013/14 revenue budget in line with statutory requirements

3.         To allocate budgets to services in accordance with the financial strategy.

4.         To reduce risks to services resulting from unavoidable cost pressures.

5.         To set savings targets for services.

6.         To set Council Tax levels for 2013/14.

7.         To ensure that the report is presented to the Schools Budget Forum and Welsh Government.

8.         To set out delegated authority in relation to allocation of the Education and Schools budget.

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

10.      To meet the required contribution to the School Improvement Service Central South Consortium for 2013/14.

11.      To ensure that a viable Budget Plan is put in place for Social Services in accordance with the financial strategy.

12.      To make arrangements for the implementation of the Council Tax Discount Scheme.

13.      To monitor the impact on relevant groups of people.

Background

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

Final Revenue Budget Proposals 2013/14 and Financial Strategy to 2016/17.

Appendix A - Analysis of Revenue Cost Pressures 2014/15 - 2016/17

Appendix B - Net Growth 2013/14

Appendix C - Base Budget 2013/14

Appendix D - Savings Proposals

Appendix E - Reasons for Difference between Education IBA and Budget

Appendix F - Analysis of Reserves

Appendix G - Equality Impact Assessment Form

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