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Agenda Item No. 10(b)

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

COUNCIL MEETING: 16 DECEMBER 2015

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET:  16 NOVEMBER 2015

 

C2974      INITIAL CAPITAL PROGRAMME PROPOSALS 2016/17 (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – CORPORATE RESOURCES) -

 

Cabinet approval was sought for the Initial Capital Programme Proposals for 2016/17 so that they could be submitted to Scrutiny Committees for consultation.

 

Appendix A detailed financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 30th September, 2015.  

 

Director of Learning and Skills

 

Colcot Primary Roof - The roof at Colcot Primary was in need of replacement as the underlying single ply roof was breaking down and causing ongoing leaks.  It was requested that £100k of the 2016/17 Schools Asset Renewal budget be brought forward into 2015/16 to enable the urgent works to the roof to commence this financial year.

 

Modular Building Resiting Ysgol Dewi Sant - Under this existing scheme the former Ysgol Dewi Sant modular building was being resited at Fairfield Primary.   A highways planning condition at Fairfield Primary had to be met before the building could be occupied.   It was therefore requested that £200k of the 2016/17 Schools Asset Renewal budget be brought forward into 2015/16 in order for the works to be carried out this financial year.

 

Barry Comprehensive School Works - At Cabinet on the 5 October, 2015 (minute C2931) it was resolved 'T H A T the development of a programme of work for Barry Comprehensive School be authorised to enable improvements to be made to the learning environment in the short term and that a further report on the proposed programme and estimated funding requirements be presented to Cabinet for further consideration in due course.'  Whilst a programme of works was still being compiled, it was requested that up to £1m be made available for these works to be carried out. This would be funded by a contribution from revenue into the School Investment Strategy reserve, as a result of a revenue underspend in 2015/16.  Further detail of the specific requirements would be presented to a future Cabinet as per the recommendation of Cabinet on 5 October, 2015 and the Capital Programme would then be amended accordingly.

 

St Cyres Lower School Marketing and Disposal - A budget of £85k was required for marketing agent's fees and Project Management Unit Fees for the above scheme.  It was requested that the Capital Programme be increased by £20k in 2015/16 and £65k in 2016/17 to be funded from capital receipts. This change would also require approval by Council.

 

Education Asset Renewal Contingency Budget - At Cabinet on 23 February, 2015, minute number C2650, recommendation 3 stated 'THAT the Managing Director or the Head of Finance, in consultation with the Cabinet Member responsible for Finance, be given delegated authority to make additions, deletions or transfers to or from the 2015/16 to 2019/20 Asset Renewal budget as appropriate'.  This Delegated Authority had been used to allocate £41,900 of the contingency budget to the schemes below: -

 

•           Romilly Primary School £25,500

•           Urgent Health and Safety Works £16,400

 

In order to complete the Urgent Health and Safety Works at various schools, it was requested that the Urgent Health and Safety Works budget be increased by £4,917, to be funded from a revenue contribution from the Schools budget.

 

Director of Social Services

 

Cartref Porthceri Lift Replacement - There was currently a £70k budget allocated for this scheme within the 2015/16 Capital Programme.  A survey had confirmed that the lift needed to be refurbished and not replaced.  It was therefore requested that this scheme be renamed 'Social Services Lift Refurbishments' and works would be extended to include refurbishment works to lifts in Cartref Porthceri, Southway and Ty Dyfan.

 

Southway Lift Replacement - There was currently a £70k budget allocated for this scheme within the 2015/16 Capital Programme.  This lift was now being refurbished as stated above.  The call and assistance systems within the four residential homes were in need of replacement and it was therefore requested to change the name of this scheme to 'Residential Homes Call and Assistance Systems' for these works to be carried out from this allocation.

 

Director of Environment and Housing

 

Weycock Cross to Barry Comprehensive Road Resurfacing - The road between Weycock Cross and Barry Comprehensive School required resurfacing and it was therefore requested that the 2015/16 Capital Programme be increased by £40k, to be funded from the Visible Services reserve.

 

Wick to Ewenny Highway Improvements - Highway Improvement works were required between Wick and Ewenny and it was therefore requested that the 2015/16 Capital Programme be increased by £40k, to be funded from the Visible Services Reserve.

 

Coast Protection and Land Drainage General - £50k had been allocated within this budget for works which were part of the Causeway Improvement Scheme.  In order to enable a more co-ordinated approach to the scheme, it was requested that £50k be vired to the Causeway Improvement Scheme.  The budget for this scheme would total £950k.

 

Jenner Park and Colcot Pitches - A grant of £100k had been awarded to the Council from The Sports Council for Wales.  The £853k budget for this scheme was currently fully funded from the Jenner Park reserve.  It was now requested that the contribution from the reserve be reduced and the scheme would now be funded by £753k from the reserve and £100k from The Sports Council for Wales grant.

 

Coldbrook Flood Risk Management - Emergency Powers, had been used for the inclusion of £2,959k for the construction phase and £257k for the design and development phase into the Capital Programme in order to complete the flood risk management works. This scheme would be funded as detailed below: -

 

Construction Phase

£'000

Design and Development Phase

£'000

WG Grant

2,151

WG Grant

218

ERDF Grant

114

Council Match Funding

39

Natural Resources Wales Grant

302

 

 

Council Match Funding

392

 

 

Total

2,959

Total

257

 

Managing Director and Resources

 

Penarth Renewal Area - The total estimated spend for the Penarth Renewal area had increased from £100k to £155k, due to the cost of an extra property being added to the contract and also due to unforeseen items of work that were identified during the contract period.  A virement of £55k was therefore requested from the Castleland Renewal Area budget to the Penarth Renewal Area budget.  

 

Barry Regeneration Partnership Scheme - At Cabinet on the 13 July, 2015, £600k was added to the Capital programme for the Barry Regeneration Partnership Scheme.  £361k of this sum had been allocated using Delegated Authority as set out below: -

 

Barry Island: Western Shelter Lighting £50k

Barry Island Interpretation, Tourist Information Centre and WIFI £50k

Victoria Gardens: area improvements (phase 3) £60k

George Street Play Area: resurface pedestrian links £41k

Cowbridge Street/Bridge Street Play Area: refurbishment £50k

Eastern Approach (Cardiff Road): gateway improvements £100k

Business Service Centre Improvements £10k

 

The £600k was allocated over financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17, it was therefore requested to re-profile these schemes as set out in the table below: -

 

Scheme

2015/16                    £'000

2016/17 £'000

Barry Island: Western Shelter Lighting

8

42

Barry Island Interpretation, Tourist Information Centre and WIFI

35

15

Victoria Gardens: area improvements (phase 3)

0

60

George Street Play Area: resurface pedestrian links

41

0

Cowbridge Street/Bridge Street Play Area: refurbishment

50

0

Eastern Approach (Cardiff Road): gateway improvements

0

100

Business Service Centre Improvements

10

0

 

 

Further assessment was being undertaken to allocate the remaining balance of £239k to priority schemes.

Barry Regeneration Partnership Scheme - It had been approved by delegated authority that £107k of the unallocated original budget in 2015/16 and £34k of the unallocated budget in 2016/17 for this scheme be allocated as follows:-

 

•           Project Management Unit £60k for 2015/16

•           Landscape Design Service £25k for 2015/16

•           Urban Regeneration Service £4k for 2015/16 and £28k for 2016/17

•           High Street (Springboard) £6k for 2015/16 and £6k for 2016/17

•           Gladstone Gardens £2k for 2015/16

•           Main Street Area Improvements £4k for 2015/16

•           Eastern Approach £6k for 2015/16

 

Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) - There was a predicted shortfall in the capital budget for DFG's.  It was envisaged that once the backlog of applications had been dealt with the number of applications being processed would reduce to normal throughput levels.  However, there had been a steady increase in the number of applications being received which was a trend that was likely to continue.  As a result, Emergency Powers had been used to approve an increase of £200k in the 2015/16 DFG budget, funded by a contribution from the Policy revenue budget.  This would ensure that there was sufficient funding to complete this year's applications without creating a new backlog.

 

Pedestrian Crossing across Ffordd Y Millennium and Improved Bus Access - Further studies had identified that the scheme was not attainable within the budget available, therefore, alternative schemes had been identified through active travel route assessments.  It was requested that the budget be increased by £52k to be funded from s106 monies and that the scheme be renamed 'Pedestrian/Cycle improvements at Ffordd Y Millennium'.  The total budget for this scheme would be £69k.  Member consultation had been undertaken under the s106 protocol and the contribution needed to be spent by January 2016.

 

Town Hall Library External Repairs - Property Services had reviewed this scheme and the funding was no longer required for external works.  Internal works to the Town Hall Library had been identified as part of the Space Project scheme, it was therefore requested that the budget of £12k be vired to the Space Project scheme.

 

Civic Offices Re-wire Scheme - In 2011 a Property Condition Survey for the Civic Offices identified that the building required re-wiring (to include general lighting, emergency lighting, power and distribution).  A fixed electrical installation test was undertaken during 2014/15 and identified that all floors in the building were "Unsatisfactory".  £283k had been allocated within the 2015/16 Space Project budget towards the scheme.  In order to enable a more co-ordinated approach to the scheme, it was requested to vire £225k in 2015/16 and £58k in 2016/17 to create a new scheme called the Civic Offices Re-wire.

 

Court Road Contaminated Land Issues - It was requested that the name of this scheme was changed to 'Court Road Depot - Survey, Feasibility and Infrastructure Budget'.  This would enable the Council to facilitate various survey and feasibility works for the circa 4 acre depot site and if required, identify and carry out any associated infrastructure works.  The budget for this scheme was £350k.

 

Variance between Actual Spend to date and Profiled Spend

 

Cabinet had previously agreed that further information would be provided where schemes had a value of over £500,000 and showed a variance of 20% or more between actual spend and the profile. The following schemes met this criteria:-

 

Llantwit Learning Community - Amendments to programming/sequencing of works had resulted in actual expenditure that was less than the initial spend profile.  This did not adversely affect the final cost of the project.

 

Modular Building Resiting Ysgol Dewi Sant - Amendments to programming/sequencing of works had resulted in actual expenditure that was more than the initial spend profile.  This did not adversely affect the final cost of the project.

 

It was proposed that the budget for these schemes be reprofiled for the remainder of the year and changes would be reported as part of the ongoing capital monitoring process.

 


 

2016/17 to 2020/21 Capital Programme

 

The Council’s Capital budget was determined largely by the General Capital Funding Settlement (GCF).  In previous years, the provisional GCF settlement was received from Welsh Government (WG) during October, with the final settlement being received during December. This year, however, the initial budget proposals had not yet been received.

 

A statement on the timing of the Welsh Government’s Budget for 2016/17 was released by the Minister for Finance and Government Business on 6 October, 2015.  It stated that the late timing of the UK Government’s Spending Review presented WG with significant challenges for the preparation and publication of the Draft Budget 2016/17.  WG would not know their Budget for 2016/17 until 25 November, 2015. WG was facing unprecedented levels of uncertainty and consequently would not publish the Draft Budget for 2016/17 until 8 December, 2015 and the Final Budget on 1 March, 2016.

 

A joint letter dated 26 October, 2015 had been received from the Minister for Public Services and the Leader of the Welsh Local Government Association, outlining the outcome of their joint discussions regarding the timing of the release of the settlement.  They provided a timetable which showed that local authorities would be advised of the Provisional Settlement on 9 December, 2015 and of the Final Settlement on 2 March, 2016, however, the Final Budget would be debated by WG on 9 March, 2016.  They considered that the proposed timetable did not result in any legal or financial impediment to the budget process, however, they acknowledged that the timetable did present challenges.

 

Even with a lack of clarity on the funding position for 2016/17 and these unprecedented circumstances, in order to be in a position to meet the statutory deadlines and the requirements for consultation set out in the Council’s Constitution, much of the work on quantifying the resource requirements for the Capital programme would still need to be carried out before the initial and final GCF settlement was notified to the Council.  Therefore, in line with the approach adopted in the current Medium Term Financial Plan, the proposals assumed a reduction of 10% for each year of the programme for 2016/17 and onwards. This had been reflected in the proposed Capital Programme 2016/17 to 2020/21 which was shown in the table in Appendix B attached to the report.

 

In line with the financial strategy, the Council would mitigate the deteriorating situation by looking to progress only those schemes which were deemed to be a key corporate priority, whilst also seeking to gain assurance that such schemes were delivered on time and within budget.

 

The Major Repairs Allowance (MRA), which was the grant that provided capital funding to the Housing Revenue Account (HRA), for 2016/17 had not yet been announced by the Welsh Government.  Cabinet would be advised once the announcement was made. An assumption had been made in Appendix B attached to the report that the grant would continue at the allocation reflected in the current business plan of £2.76m in 2016/17 and throughout the period of the Capital Programme.

 

In addition to external funding, the Council would finance part of the Capital Programme from its own resources, e.g. capital receipts and reserves. 

 

The table below detailed the General Capital Funding and internal resources required to fund the proposed schemes which were detailed in Appendix B as attached to the report.

 

Analysis of Net Funding Required for the Indicative 2016/17 Capital Programme

 

GENERAL FUND                                                                £’000               £’000

Welsh Government Resources    

Supported Borrowing                                                        3,058

General Capital Grant                                                       1,861

                                                                                                             4,919

Council Resources

Capital Receipts                                                               7,199

Reserves/Leasing                                                             9,135

Unsupported Borrowing                                                       528

                                                                                                            16,862           

Net Capital Resources                                                                             21,781                       

 

HOUSING REVENUE ACCOUNT                                      £’000                  £’000

Housing Reserves                                                        3,910

Housing Unsupported Borrowing                                  19,434

Net Capital Resources                                                                            23,344

 

The indicative 2016/17 Capital Programme outlined in Appendix B attached to the report included allocations already approved by Council. Appendix B, also reflected the amendments requested within the report.

 

Capital Bids 2016/17 to 2020/21

 

New capital bids were invited for return by 30th September 2015 and the number of bids received was low (3 from Learning and Skills, 12 from Social Services, 11 from Environment and Housing and 2 from Managing Director and Resources). Departments were requested to rank their own bids in order of importance before submission and bids from each Department were forwarded to the Corporate Asset Management Group (CAMG) for evaluation.

 

 

Education Capital Loan Scheme - These were internal loans which were initially funded from the School Rationalisation Reserve and schools then made repayments back into the reserve over a number of years.  In order to maintain a healthy balance within the reserve, it was proposed that the current yearly allocation of £300k was reduced to £200k between 2016/17 and 2020/21.

 

Llantwit Learning Community - In order to complete this scheme, an additional £650k was required.  The increased costs were due to construction inflation, a greater understanding of the works required for parking and the bus turning circle and works required to the drainage, which were identified in a survey.  It was requested that the 2016/17 Capital Programme be increased by £650k, funded from the School Investment Strategy Reserve which had been increased by this amount as a result of a revenue underspend in 2015/16.

 

Rhoose Primary New School - £500k had been ring-fenced for this scheme within the School Investment Strategy Reserve.  It was therefore proposed that the Capital Programme be increased by £500k in 2017/18 to include the allocation.

 

Social Services Asset Renewal - The condition of Social Services buildings were deteriorating.  To enable the maintenance of these properties, it was proposed that £100k be vired each year from 2016/17 to 2020/21 from the All Services Asset Renewal budget to create a Social Services Asset Renewal budget.  Social Services would be able to allocate the funding within year to priority works that were required.

 

As part of the Transport review the use of vehicles by the Authority had been extensively reviewed, which meant that the purchase of new vehicles under the scheme had been delayed. In addition, an amendment to the level of expenditure in the Capital Programme was required, to reflect the continuing need to replace vehicles across the Council. The proposed revised expenditure was set out in the table below;

 

           

 

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

 

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

Original Expenditure

2,375

1,596

694

1,818

962

0

Revised Expenditure

2,121

1,453

616

1,338

800

800

 

Vehicles could be funded from the Vehicle Renewals Fund or could be leased.  The level of and financing of this expenditure would be reviewed as a result of the outcome of the Transport review and the amended proposals would be brought as part of the Final Budget Proposals in February 2016.

 

Renewal Area - An award of specific grant funding had been received from WG to enable capital works to be undertaken in the Castleland Renewal Area during 2016/17.  It was requested that £677,981 be included in the 2016/17 Capital Programme for the grant.

 

Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) - A capital bid amendment form had been submitted to request additional funding in future years for DFG's.   This would ensure that there was sufficient funding to complete future year's applications without creating a new backlog. It was requested that the Capital Programme be increased by £400k in 2016/17 and £450k in 2017/18, to be funded from a reserve set up from a revenue underspend in 2015/16.

 

Carbon Management Fund - The Carbon Management Fund Scheme was an on-going scheme to assist with the Council's energy reduction measures.  To enable these works to continue, it was requested that a budget of £200k be included in the 2016/17 Capital Programme. This would be funded from the Energy Management Fund Reserve.

 

Civic Offices Re-wire - In 2011 a Property Condition Survey for the Civic Offices identified that the building required re-wiring (to include general lighting, emergency lighting, power and distribution).  A fixed electrical installation test was undertaken during 2014/15 and identified that all floors in the building were "Unsatisfactory".  It was requested that the 2016/17 Capital Programme be increased by £400k using funding which had already been ring fenced within the Project Fund for these works.  A capital bid for the Civic Offices Rewire had also been included in Appendix B as attached to the report.

 

Regeneration Fund - This scheme was funded from the Regeneration reserve.  £50k per annum of this budget had been ringfenced to matchfund the Rural Development grant.  Expenditure for this grant would now be incurred through revenue and therefore it was proposed that the budget be reduced by £50k each year between 2016/17 and 2020/21 and the use of the reserve would be redirected to the revenue budget. The changes detailed above had been reflected in Appendix B.

 

In addition to bids meeting the criteria for inclusion in the Capital Programme, there had been a number of changes approved by Cabinet since the final budget proposals 2015/16 to 2019/20 were approved in February 2015.  These changes included capital sums carried forward; changes to the School Investment Programme and Housing Improvement Plan.  These changes had been included in Appendix B.

 

School Investment Programme

 

The 21st Century Schools Programme was the Welsh Government's funding initiative for investment in schools. The first tranche of schemes under Band A of the funding were submitted prior to November 2011. Band A schemes ran between 2013/14 and 2018/19. Band B schemes were expected to commence in 2019/20.

 

The schemes included under the Band A submission for construction between 2013/14 and 2018/19 were; Ysgol Nant Talwg, Ysgol Dewi Sant, Ysgol Gwaun Y Nant and Oakfield, Colcot and Llantwit Learning Community.

 

In April 2014, WG notified the Council that some of the funding for Band A schemes would be in the form of unsupported borrowing instead of a revenue grant.  The Council would be expected to borrow, however, Welsh Government (WG) would provide revenue funding to cover the cost of the loan through the Revenue Support Grant.  This had no impact on the value of the Capital Programme, only the way in which it was funded.

 

In September 2014 the Vale of Glamorgan Council received notification from WG that the funding envelope for 21st Century Schools would be increased from £20.960m to £29.898m. As reported in the Final Capital Programme Proposals in February 2015, the Council had increased their contribution to the programme by a further £950k for the Llantwit Major Learning Community Scheme and this was approved by Cabinet on 12th January 2015 (Minute C2607), therefore, the total funding envelope was now £30.848m.  This excluded the £650k for Llantwit Learning Community requested as part of the report.

 

The Band A Programme was progressing well.  Phase one of the Penarth Learning Community scheme was complete and the Learning Community was occupied.  Works were on-going for phase two which consisted of external works and demolition. Ysgol Nant Talwg and Ysgol Dewi Sant were complete and the schools were occupied.  Phase one of Ysgol Gwaun Y Nant was complete and phase two works were on-going, the building works at Oak Field were now complete and both schools were occupied.  The Llantwit Learning Community scheme was underway and works started on site in August 2015.

 

The following table showed the planned spend on the Education capital programme from 2016/17 to 2020/21 incorporating expenditure under Band A schemes funded under 21st Century Schools Programme. Gross Expenditure totals £79.879m.

 

By Scheme

16/17

17/18

18/19

19/20

20/21

Total

 

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

Ysgol Dewi Sant

35

0

0

0

0

35

Llantwit Learning Community

13,052

1,240

29

0

0

14,321

Gwaun Y Nant &Oakfield

47

0

0

0

0

47

Barry Secondary Schools Transformation

750

0

0

0

0

750

Colcot Primary

250

250

0

0

0

       500

Asset Renewal

700

1,000

1,000

1,000

600

4,300

Asset Renewal Contingency

50

50

50

50

50

       250

St Cyres Lower School Marketing & Disposal

65

0

0

0

0

65

Rhoose Primary New School

0

1,500

1,762

0

0

3,262

Gwenfo Primary Extension

394

11

0

0

0

405

St Brides Expansion

346

10

0

0

0

356

Victorian Schools

1,200

800

0

0

0

2,000

Eagleswell Demolition

300

0

0

0

0

300

Band B Schemes

0

0

0

18,361

32,927

51,288

Schools ICT Loans

200

200

200

200

200

1,000

Schools Capital Loan Schemes

200

200

200

200

200

1,000

Total

17,589

5,261

3,241

19,811

33,977

79,879

 

The total allocation for Victorian Schools between 2015/16 and 2020/21 was £3.061m to support works across 21 Victorian Schools to address the existing issues with lath and plaster and masonry deterioration.  The £1.061m budget for 2015/16 had been allocated to the following schemes via emergency power £270k to Victoria Primary School External Refurbishment Works, £741k to Overboarding Lath and Plaster Ceilings and £50k to Sandstone Repairs.  Work was currently being carried out by Property Services to assess the works required between 2016/17 and 2017/18 and a full report would be brought to Cabinet with a strategy to address the problems.

 

There was an asset renewal budget of £900k in 2015/16, 200k of this budget had been vired to the Modular Building Resiting Ysgol Dewi Sant Scheme.  The asset renewal budget increased to £1m from 2016/17; however, £300k was being requested to be brought forward into 2015/16 as detailed earlier in the report.  In addition there was a £50k asset renewal contingency budget in each year.  From 2020/21 the asset renewal budget had to reduce to the original £600k allocation due to increasing constraints on resources and the 21st Century Schools Band B Programme.  Education in consultation with Property Services, allocated this budget in year to various schemes including rolling programmes of boiler and toilet renewal.

Band B Schemes were expected to commence in 2019/20 and in December 2014 the Council submitted proposals for a number of schemes to Welsh Government.  Based on latest indications, it had been assumed that 50% funding would be available from Welsh Government to fund the schemes.  However, there was no guarantee that this funding would be available from Welsh Government or what form it would take.

 

Indicative strategic projects for the Council under Band B funding would seek to address the following:

 

•           Expanding primary sector capacity and addressing the condition of school buildings in various areas across the Vale.

•           Rationalisation of school buildings currently situated on split sites.

 

The total cost for Band B schemes was projected to be in the region of £67.4m and of this total £18.361m and £32.927m had been included in Appendix B for 2019/20 and 2020/21 respectively.

 

The Education Capital programme was funded as follows;

 

By Funding Source

16/17

17/18

18/19

19/20

20/21

Total

 

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

£000's

General Capital Funding

4,593

1,800

1,189

1,160

1,050

9,792

Capital Receipts

4,491

0

0

1,404

7,686

13,581

Other Reserves and Revenue Contribution

0

0

0

1,000

0

1,000

School Investment Reserve

2,433

915

290

1,397

3,391

8,426

School Rationalisation and Improvements Reserve

200

200

    200

200

200

1,000

IT Fund

200

200

200

200

200

  1,000

Local Government Borrowing Initiative

528

0

0

0

0

528

Prudential Borrowing

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total Internal Funding

12,445

3,115

1,879

5,361

12,527

35,327

S106 Agreements

709

1,021

1,362

7,700

1,000

11,792

Welsh Government Grant

4,435

1,125

0

6,750

20,450

32,760

Total Funding

17,589

5,261

3,241

19,811

33,977

79,879

 

Housing Improvement Plan

 

The 2015/16 Housing Improvement Programme budget totalled £87.011m and £63.156m of this allocation related to the buy-out from the housing subsidy system.  The funding of the 2015/16 programme had been amended as set out in the table below: -

 

Funding

Current  2015/16 £'000

Amended  2015/16                  £'000

Major Repairs Allowance Grant

2,760

2,760

Other Grant

2,069

2,069

Housing Capital Receipt

754

897

Housing Reserves

2,676

5,334

Unsupported Borrowing   (Including HRA Buyout)

78,752

75,951

Total

87,011

87,011

 

Next Steps

 

The next stage was for the estimates to be submitted to Scrutiny Committees for consultation.  Corporate Resources Scrutiny Committee was the lead Scrutiny Committee and was tasked to consider both the Initial Budget Proposals and any recommendations that other Scrutiny Committees had made.  The responses of Scrutiny Committee must be made no later than 15 December, 2015.

 

Each Scrutiny Committee would be asked to first consider the Initial Capital Programme proposals as shown in Appendix B and to make any recommendations for changes.  If they wished to make a change, the reason for this needed to be recorded in order to assist the Cabinet and the Budget Working Group (BWG) draw up the final proposals.

 

Managers would be asked to revisit the schemes included in Appendix B and to confirm final costs and spend profile prior to the final proposals being presented to Cabinet.

 

Currently the approved timetable required Cabinet to approve the final budget proposals by no later than the 22 February, 2016 and that Cabinet’s final budget proposals would be considered by Council at a meeting to be held on 2 March, 2016.  As the Final Settlement would not be received from WG until 2 March, 2016, this timetable was now under review and would have to be revised.

 

Part of the report was required to be referred to Council for approval as it followed the procedure laid down in the Constitution for the making of the budget.

 

At the meeting the Leader made the following amendment to the report, he highlighted that paragraph 82 of the report made reference to “obligations of Council with regards to section 17’’, he confirmed for clarity that this referred to section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

 

This was a matter for Executive and Council decision

 

Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       …………….

 

(2)       …………….

 

(3)       …………….

 

(4)       T H A T Cabinet recommend to Council the following change to the 2015/16 and 2016/17 Capital Programmes:

 

•           St Cyres Lower School Marketing and Disposal - It is requested that the Capital Programme be increased by £20k in 2015/16 and £65k in 2016/17 to be funded from capital receipts.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       …………….

 

(2)       …………….

 

(3)       …………….

 

(4)       To amend the 2015/16 and future years Capital Programme and to seek approval from Cabinet and Council.

 

 

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