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Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

CABINET: 15TH JULY, 2013

 

REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH): 17TH JUNE, 2013

           

 

“           REVENUE AND CAPITAL MONITORING FOR THE PERIOD 1ST APRIL 2013 TO 30TH APRIL 2013 (DSS) –

 

Committee received a report which:

 

·               brought to the attention of Committee the position in respect of revenue and capital expenditure for the period 1st April 2013 to 30th April 2013 regarding those revenue and capital budgets which formed this Committee’s remit

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

 

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

 

In addition to increased demand for services, there was pressure on the Directorate to achieve its savings targets for 2013/14 onwards. 

 

Children and Young People’s Services – the major issue concerning this service was the continued pressure on the children’s placements budget.  Any increase in the number of children becoming looked after by the Council over the year could significantly impact on the service.

 

Adult Services – the major issue concerning this service was the continued pressure on the Community Care Package budget.  This budget was extremely volatile and could be adversely affected by outside influences.

 

The Social Services Directorate was committed to achieving a balanced budget in 2013/14 whilst delivering the approved savings.

 

Appendix 2 to the report detailed financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 30th April 2013. 

 

With regard to the Social Services Budget Programme Update, the Directorate was currently required to find savings totalling £6.0m. by the end of 2016/17.  Savings totalling £6.189m. had currently been identified.  The surplus would be used to mitigate any additional savings to be found in future years. 

 

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

 

The Chairman referred to a report that had been presented to Cabinet that afternoon entitled “Joint Funding of Residential Placements for Children Looked After by the Council†which had proposed that a joint budget be established for meeting the education and social care costs of placements in residential homes in respect of children with highly complex needs who were looked after by the Council and asked if this expenditure could be shown as a separate line in future reports. 

 

Members enquired as to the Care Packages Budget Reduction (p. 4 of Appendix 3) and were advised that the Care Package Reduction was being undertaken as part of a rolling programme which should result in the achievement of the required level of savings. 

 

The Director referred to the Regional Collaboration Fund and advised that this was a sizeable topic which justified a report on its own.  Committee were advised that a report would be presented to a Joint Cabinet meeting comprising Members of Cardiff Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council in July.  Members felt that they should be given an opportunity to speak on this matter in the Autumn. 

 

A Member asked if budgets could be delegated to individual social workers in an attempt to save money in accordance with findings of the Audit Commission.

 

In response, Members were advised that it is necessary to limit the potential for individual social workers to over-provide for their own clients, to the detriment of others.  Nevertheless, social workers had been given clear guidelines as to the costs of the provision of services and were now aware of the actual costs of services.  Furthermore, decision-making is delegated as far as possible, primarily to front-line managers.  The Directorate operated a dynamic system of assessment, care management and review. 

 

RECOMMENDED –

 

(1)       T H A T the position with regard to the 2013/14 revenue and capital monitoring be noted.

 

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

 

(3)       T H A T future reports of this nature include information, as a separate line, on expenditure of the joint budget established for meeting the educational and social care costs of placements in residential homes in respect of children with highly complex needs who are looked after by the Council.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       That Members are aware of the position with regard to the 2013/14 revenue and capital monitoring relevant to this Scrutiny Committee.

 

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

 

(3)       To inform Committee of expenditure on the joint budget.

 

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 17th June 2013

 

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