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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources) Meeting: 24th July 2012

 

Report of the Director of Finance ICT and Property

 

Revenue Monitoring for the period 1st April 2012 to 31st May 2012

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To advise Scrutiny Committee of the progress of revenue expenditure for the period 1st April, 2012 to 31st, May, 2012.

Recommendations

1.             That the position with regard to the Authority’s 2012/13 Revenue Budget be noted.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             That the Members are aware of the projected revenue outturn for 2012/13.        

Background

2.             Council on the 7h March 2012 (minute no 951 and 949 respectively) approved the Revenue Budget and Housing Revenue Account budget for 2012/13. The Budget information is subdivided by Cabinet Members’ portfolio within each Directorate. Reports monitoring expenditure are brought to this Committee on a regular basis.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             The projected out turn for the 2012/13 Revenue Budget is shown in comparison with the Revenue Budget at Appendix ‘1'. The forecast is for the Council to have a balanced Revenue Budget.

4.             The forecast is for an estimated balanced budget on the Housing Revenue Account.

Social Services

5.             It still remains early in the financial year and the current forecast for Social Services is a balanced budget. In addition to increased demand for services, the Directorate is working towards achieving its savings target for 2012/13.

6.             Children and Young People's Services - There continues to be 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.

7.             Adult Services - There is continuing pressure on the Community Care Packages budget.  This budget is extremely volatile and can 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. It has previously been reported that the impact of the £50 cap was approximately £1.4m.  The impact will continue to be monitored as the year progresses and discussions will continue with the Welsh Government regarding the issue.

8.             The Social Services Directorate is committed to achieving a balanced budget in 2012/13.  A report updating progress on the Social Services Budget Programme was presented to Cabinet on 11th June 2012.  The multi disciplinary project team and project board which has been set up to oversee the plan, will further develop it and oversee and facilitate its delivery.

9.             All Other Services may come under financial pressure during the year, however at this time they are expected to out turn on target.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

10.        As detailed in the body of the report

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

11.        There are no legal implications

Crime and Disorder Implications

12.        There are no crime and disorder implications

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

13.        There are no equal opportunity implications

Corporate/Service Objectives

14.        Effective monitoring assists in the provision of accurate and timely information to officers and members and in particular allows services to better manage their resources

Policy Framework and Budget

15.        This report is for executive decision by the Cabinet

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

16.        Each Scrutiny Committee will receive a monitoring report on their respective areas. This report does not require Ward Member consultation.

Background Papers

None

Contact Officer

Robert Ingram (Principal Accountant) (01446 709252)

Officers Consulted

The Head of Strategic, Planning and Performance (Learning and Development), Directors of Environment and Economic Regeneration and Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services and Social Services have been consulted on the contents of this report

Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies - Director of Finance ICT and Property

 

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