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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 7th September 2011

 

Report of the Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services

 

Revenue and Capital Monitoring for the Period 1st April 2011 to 31st July 2011

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To bring to the attention of this Scrutiny Committee, the position in respect of revenue and capital expenditure for the period 1st April 2011 to 31st July 2011 regarding those revenue and capital budgets, which form this Committee’s remit.

Recommendation

1.             It is recommended that the Scrutiny Committee note the position with regard to the 2011/12 revenue and capital monitoring.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             That Members are aware of the position with regard to the 2011/12 revenue and capital monitoring relevant to this Scrutiny Committee.

Background

2.             Council on the 28th February 2011 (minute nos. 957, 956 and 955 respectively) approved the Revenue, Capital and Housing Revenue Account budgets for 2011/12.  Reports monitoring expenditure are brought to this Committee on a regular basis.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             The Revenue Budget and projected outturn for 2011/12 are shown in Appendix 1.

4.             Public Sector Housing (HRA) - The Housing Revenue Account is predicted to outturn on target. There is a current favourable variance of £239k mainly due to a recharge of £121k of employee costs involved in the Housing Stock Transfer pre-ballot. Further favourable variances are £64k employee vacancies, £72 supplies and services - primarily legal and consultancy fees, 23k for premises costs and £4k for transport costs. These are partially offset by a reduction in external income of £49k due to higher than expected void properties, mainly due to the delayed re-opening of Ty Iolo hostel.

5.             Private Sector/General Fund Housing and Community Safety - The Housing General Fund is predicted to outturn on target. There is a current favourable variance of £7k due mainly to an under spend on supplies and services. There is a current adverse variance of £1k for third party accommodation payments (on the Bed and Breakfast budget) which has been partly contributed to by the delayed re-opening at the start of the year of Ty Iolo hostel, as well as the general increased pressure in homelessness.  It is however envisaged that B&B payments will slowly reduce due to the re-opening of Ty Iolo hostel.

6.             Capital Programme 2011/2012

7.             Appendix 2 details financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 31st July 2011.

8.             Budgets for 2011/12 have been profiled on a monthly basis and where there is a significant under/over spending of the profiled budget an explanation will be provided and the scheme will be re-profiled if necessary. This arrangement will apply to all individual schemes over £500,000 in value that have a variance of 20% or more on their profiled budget.

9.             For all schemes where it is evident that the full year's budget will not be spent during the year, the relevant officers will be required to provide an explanation for the shortfall and this shall be taken to earliest available Cabinet.

10.        Housing Improvement Programme - Cabinet on 22nd June 2011 (minute no. C1350) approved an increase of £2,000,000 to this year's Capital Programme in order to achieve the significant improvements needed in the Council's housing stock.  The revised budgets following this increased sum are indicated in Appendix 2.

11.        Appendix 3 provides non-financial information on capital schemes with a budget of over £100,000.   Where a budget shown in Appendix 2 is more than £100,000 but is made up of several schemes that individually are less than £100,000, the scheme is not included in Appendix 3.

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

12.        As detailed in the body of the report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

13.        None.

Crime and Disorder Implications

14.        It has been suggested that the services provided within the Committee's remit will assist in reducing the incidence of crime.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

15.        Good budget monitoring information assists managers in ensuring that available funds are target at those in greatest need.

Corporate/Service Objectives

16.        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

17.        Report is in accordance with the Policy Framework and Budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

18.        The appropriate Chief Officer has been consulted. This report does not require Ward Member consultation.

Background Papers

None.

 

Contact Officer

Carolyn Michael (Senior Group Accountant) (01446 709778)

 

Officers Consulted

Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services

 

Responsible Officer:

Peter Evans, Director of Legal, Public Protection and Housing Services