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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 9th February 2012

 

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

 

Revenue and Capital Monitoring for the Period 1st April 2011 to 31st December 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 December 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.             On 16th November 2011, Cabinet approved the amended revenue budget for 2011/12 (Min No. C1511).  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 £278k mainly due to a recharge of £121k relating to backdated employee costs for those involved in the Housing Stock Transfer pre-ballot. Further favourable variances are £32k relating to employee vacancies, £126k for supplies and services, £66k for premises costs, external income of £45k and £7k for transport costs. These savings are partially offset by a current adverse variance of £119k for Housing Repairs.

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 £31k due to savings of £12k for third party accommodation payments (bed and breakfast), a favourable variance of £20k in housing benefits receipts and £15k for supplies and services.  The underspend is partially offset by an adverse variance of £7k in respect of employees costs due to agency cover and £9k of other budget costs.

Capital Programme 2011/2012

6.             Appendix 2 details financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 31st December 2011.

7.             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 the earliest available Cabinet.

8.             Castleland Renewal Area - As recently advised, there have been delays in obtaining homeowners' written agreement to the facelift scheme due to the large number of let properties in the Castleland ward. Works are indeed proceeding well on site now, but it is unlikely that the time lost can now be caught up and it has been requested that the sum of £165,000 be carried forward into 2012/13 in order to complete the works early in the next financial year.

Variance between Actual Spend to date and Profiled Spend

9.             Cabinet have previously agreed that further information would be provided where schemes have a value of over £500,000 and show a variance of 20% or more between actual spend and the profile. There are no schemes meeting this criterion this month.

10.        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)

11.        As detailed in the body of the report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

12.        None.

Crime and Disorder Implications

13.        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)

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

Corporate/Service Objectives

15.        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

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

17.        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

 

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