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Agenda Item No.

 

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

CABINET: 14TH JULY, 2014

 

REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH): 16TH JUNE, 2014

 

 

“66      UPDATE ON THE SOCIAL SERVICES BUDGET PROGRAMME 2013/14 (DSS) –

 

Committee was updated on the progress made in delivering the Social Services Budget Programme for 2013/14. 

 

During 2013/14, the Directorate was required to find savings totalling £2.15m.  In order to progress the savings programme and to reduce the savings required in future years, the Directorate had set itself a savings target for 2012/13 which was £403k in excess of the figure required.  £110k of these savings were allocated against the 2013/14 target, with the remaining £293k being allocated against the 2014/15 target.  The actual saving to be achieved during 2013/14 was therefore £2.040m. The table below summarises the Budget Programme for 2013/14 to 2016/17 as approved during 2013/14.

 

 

Year

Savings

Required

£000

Savings

Identified

£000

In Year

Surplus/

(Shortfall)

£000

Cumulative

Surplus/

(Shortfall)

£000

Additional 2012/13

savings

 

403

403

403

2013/14

2,150

2,040

(110)

293

2014/15

838

579

(259)

34

2015/16

1,700

1,776

76

110

2016/17

1,315

1,391

76

186

TOTAL

6,003

6,189

 

 

 

 

The following table shows the progress made during 2013/14 for each of the identified Social Services savings.


 

Project

Target Saving £000

Actual Saving £000

Position

LAC Residential Care Placements

200

0

Jointly funded budget overspent by £429k

Reduction in Contract Spend to fund SLAs

80

80

Achieved

Managed Budget Reduction

 

190

190

Achieved

Administrative Support

 

20

20

Achieved

TOTAL CHILDREN’S

490

290

 

 

 

Project

Target Saving (£000)

Actual Saving (£000)

Position

 

 

 

 

Reconfigure VCRS

40

40

Achieved

 

Meals on Wheels

 

32

15

Budget overspent by £17k.  Price rise in 2014/15 will achieve saving

Care Packages Budget Reduction

685

685

Achieved. Budget underspent by £19k

Managed Budget Reduction

 

183

183

Achieved

Supported Accom Learning Disabilities

150

150

Achieved

Residential Services

 

200

0

Negotiations still ongoing with Hafod

Service Level Agreement

 

40

40

Achieved

Income Generation

 

100

100

Achieved

Provision of Food to Trinity

 

13

13

Achieved

Office Accommodation

 

7

7

Achieved

TOTAL ADULTS

 

1,450

1,233

 

Managed Budget Reduction

75

75

Reorganisation is only partially complete; however, staff vacancies contributed to achieving the saving

Funding to Carers Support Services

 

25

25

Achieved

TOTAL BUSINESS, MGT & INNOVATION

100

100

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL SOCIAL SERVICES

2,040

1,623

 

 

The Operational Manager – Accountancy advised Members that the £200,000 target savings for residential services was not achieved but negotiations were still ongoing with Hafod regarding Ty Dewi Sant and Ty Dyfan. 

 

A Committee Member sought clarification regarding the care packages budget and asked the Operational Manager – Accountancy to comment on how the budget position had suddenly shown a £19,000 underspend which was in contrast to regular updates which showed a significant overspend.  In response Members were advised that the Council was able to achieve an underspend in the service area as a result of deferred payments which related to charges on properties of people within residential care.  The timing of money received related to the sale of property and it was therefore difficult to predict the level of income being received.  Further to this point the Director commented that the level of income received demonstrated good foresight by the Council in relation to the deferred payment scheme that was introduced a few years ago.  The deferred payment scheme gave service users assistance in regard to payments for their care packages and the Council recognised the unpredictable nature of when income can be received.  The Committee agreed that it would be necessary for future reports to include reference to the deferred payments in order to allow proper scrutiny of the profiled budget during the course of the financial year. 

 

In response to a query regarding the increased level of savings achieved during 2012/13 and if this money was carried forward into financial year 2013/14, Members were advised that the service budgets for 2012/13 had been reduced by £403,000 and this saving had been moved to central Social Services.  £110,000 of these savings was allocated against the 2013/14 savings target and was transferred to the Corporate centre in that year and the remaining £283,000 was allocated against the 2014/15 savings target and was transferred to the Corporate Centre as part of this year’s budget setting. 

 

A Member, referring to the £17,000 budget overspend within the Meals on Wheels service, queried as to how a balanced budget for this year would be achieved.  The Committee in response were advised that the charges for meals had gone up from £3.30 to £4.10 which represented over a 20% increase and that the increased level of income would cover any shortfall.  The Committee went on to query if the Council had received any complaints following the increase in charges.  The Head of Adult Services informed the Committee that a small number of people had indicated that they were not happy with the changes but Members should be aware that the service was previously heavily subsidised and that this would no longer be the case.

 

RECOMMENDED – T H A T the progress made in delivering the Social Services Budget Programme during 2013/14 be noted and the report referred to Cabinet for information.

 

Reason for recommendation

 

That Members were aware of the progress made to date in delivering the Social Services Budget Programme.â€

 

 

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 16th June, 2014

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