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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) 2nd  September 2015

 

Report of the Director of Environment and Housing Services

 

Revenue and Capital Monitoring for the Period 1st April to 31st  July 2015

 

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 to 31st July 2015 regarding those revenue and capital budgets, which form this Committee's remit.

Recommendation

It is recommended that :

  1. The position with regard to the 2015/16 Revenue and Capital Budgets are noted.

Reason for the Recommendation

  1. That Scrutiny Committee note the position with regard to the 2015/16 revenue and capital monitoring.

Background

  1. Council on the 4th March 2015 (minute no 941, 940 and 939 respectively) approved the Revenue, Capital and Housing Revenue Budgets for 2015/16. Reports monitoring expenditure are brought to this committee on a regular basis.

Relevant Issues and Options

Revenue

  1. The Revenue Budget and projected outturn for 2015/16 are shown in the table below. As it is still early in the financial year, the current forecast is for a balanced budget.

Housing & Public Protection               

Revenue Budget

Probable Outturn

Variance

(+ ) Favourable

(-) Adverse

 

£000

£000

£000

Public Sector Housing (HRA)

(129)

(129)

0

Council Fund Housing

1,218

1,218

0

Private Sector Housing

11,047

11,047

0

Public Protection

2,326

2,326

0

Youth Offending Service

672

672

0

TOTAL

15,134

15,134

0

       

  

  1. A graph and table setting out the variance between profiled budget and actual expenditure to date is attached at Appendix 1.
  2. Public Sector Housing (HRA) - Whilst vacancies in the new structure still exist, there are some savings on salary costs and there are also underspends in the Premises budget particularly at Ty Iolo hostel. Any underspends this year will be offset by additional contributions to Capital expenditure in order to reduce the reliance on Unsupported Borrowing. The HRA is therefore expected to outturn on target.
  3. Council Fund Housing - There are some savings against profile on Supplies and Services and the Temporary Accommodation budget, however, the introduction of Universal Credit during this financial year is anticipated to increase the level of expenditure on Temporary Accommodation, therefore, currently it is anticipated that the Council Fund Housing budget will outturn on target.
  4. Private Housing - There is currently a favourable variance of £8k to profiled budget.  The fee income from the Renewal Areas continues to be below budget due to the transition from the Castleland facelifting scheme to the Upper Holton Road scheme which has less scope for management fees. However, this is more than offset by a higher than anticipated level of fees from the Disabled Facilities Grants. At this stage, therefore, it is anticipated that this service will outturn on target.
  5. Public Protection - The management positions within the Shared Regulatory Service have now been appointed and work is underway to populate the lower tiers of staff. Work is also on-going to apportion the costs of the service amongst the partner authorities, Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale. At this stage it is anticipated that the Shared Regulatory Service will outturn on target.
  6. Other services are anticipated to outturn on target by year end.
  7. Attached at Appendix 2 to this report is a statement showing the progress made to date against the 2015/16 savings targets. It is considered that one saving of £10k will not be achieved and the Directorate will identify an alternative saving.

Capital

  1. Appendix 3 details financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 31st July 2015.
  2. Appendix 4 provides non-financial information on capital construction schemes.
  3. For all schemes where it is evident that the full year's budget will not be spent during the year, the relevant officers are required to provide an explanation for the shortfall and this shall be taken to the earliest available Cabinet.

Variance between Actual Spend to date and Profiled Spend

  1. Cabinet have previously agreed that further information would be provided where schemes have a value of over £500k and show a variance of 20% or more between actual spend and the profile. The following scheme meets this criteria:-
  2. WHQS Works - There is always likely to be a variance in the WHQS expenditure as the extent of the works required in a property is not known until the works commence. The individual allocation to each of the schemes for this year is currently being reviewed and Delegated Authority will shortly be used to update the budgets for the programme.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. As detailed in the body of the report.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. There are no direct implications arising from this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. There are no legal implications.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. There are no equal opportunity implications.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. 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

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

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

Background Papers

None

Contact Officer

Carolyn Michael (Operational Manager - Accountancy) (01446 709778)

Officers Consulted

Director of Environment and Housing Services

Responsible Officer:

Miles Punter

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