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Agenda Item No

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 7th  October 2015

 

Report of the Director of Environment and Housing Services

 

Revenue and Capital Monitoring for the Period 1st April to 31st  August 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 August 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. The lack of staff resource has impacted on the supplies and services budgets to date, however, now that the Housing Management is almost fully staffed, budgets set aside for, Environmental Improvements, for example are likely to fully spend by the end of the financial year. Any underspends this year will be offset by additional contributions to Capital expenditure 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 staffing and the Temporary Accommodation budget. Whilst the introduction of the Universal Credit in February 2016 will have an adverse effect, it is possible that the Council Fund Housing budget may outturn with a favourable variance at year end, however, the position will continue to be assessed and Committee will be updated on any further change as the year progresses.
  4. Private Housing - There is currently a favourable variance of £6k to profiled budget.  The fee income on the Renewal Areas continues to be behind profile but it is possible that this position will improve towards the end of the year. At this stage it is anticipated that this service will outturn on target.
  5. Public Protection - As Members are aware, the management positions within the Shared Regulatory Service have now been appointed and the staffing structure has now been finalised. Appointments to the lower tiers of staff should all be completed by Christmas. 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.

Capital

  1. Appendix 2 details financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 31st August 2015.
  2. Gibbonsdown 2 Project Arbed Funding - Emergency Powers have been used to approve the inclusion of £2.069m for the above scheme in the Capital Programme for external wall improvements and other fuel poverty measures. This scheme will be funded by a grant from Welsh Government
  3. Housing Improvement Programme - Delegated Authority has been used to amend the Housing Improvement Programme budget. The 2015/16 budgets have been reassessed and the changes are now reflected in Appendix 2.
  4. Appendix 3 provides non-financial information on capital construction schemes.
  5. 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.

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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