Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) 24th June 2013


Report of the Chief Learning and Skills Officer


Revenue and Capital Monitoring for the period 1st April 2013 to 30th April 2013


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 2013 to 30th April 2013 regarding those revenue and capital budgets which form this Committee’s remit.


1.             It is recommended that Scrutiny Committee note the position with regard to the 2013/14 revenue and capital monitoring.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             That members are aware of the position with regard to the 2013/14 revenue and capital monitoring relevant to this scrutiny committee.


2.             Council on the 6th March 2013 (minute no 943 and 942 respectively) approved the Revenue and Capital Budgets for 2013/14. Reports monitoring expenditure are brought to this committee on a regular basis.

Relevant Issues and Options


3.             The Revenue Budget and projected outturn for 2013/14 are shown in Appendix 1.

4.             Overall, the Education Budget is projected to balance as at the end of March 2014. Any savings identified between now and the end of the year will be available to re-direct into the School Investment Strategy or other reserves.

5.             Provision has been made within the budget for the annual cost of financing the School Investment Strategy of £600,000. This sum will be transferred to the School Investment Strategy Reserve.


6.             The delegated budget relating to schools is expected to balance as any under/over spend is carried forward by schools

Grant Related Expenditure

7.             Schools have access to the following Welsh Assembly funded grants:

8.             Pupil Deprivation Grant £1,018,800 is a grant to support the Welsh Government priority to reduce the impact of poverty upon educational attainment.

9.             Minority Ethnic Achievement Grant £263,838 is to support and improve standards of achievement for pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds.

10.        Grant for the Education of Gypsy and Traveller Children £21,449 (to be match funded by the LEA), funding is provided to improve Educational opportunities and standards of achievement for all eligible persons.

11.        Schools Effectiveness Grant (SEG) £1,526,580 (inclusive of match funding by the LEA), the purpose of the grant is to drive the three priority areas of literacy, numeracy and reducing the impact of child poverty on educational attainment.

12.        Welsh Education Grant (WEG) £288,170 (inclusive of match funding by the LEA), the grant is intended to be linked to the delivery of the Welsh in Education Strategic Plans.

13.        14-19 Learning Pathways £625,930 is to support activity as detailed in the Regional  Network Development Plan.  Additional sums have been delegated to the Central South Consortia to assist with transition to regional working.

14.        Language and Play £46,109 is available to support the continuing delivery of Language and Play approaches, assisting parents in developing language and number skills of their children.

15.        Foundation Phase Revenue funding £4,178,890 supports the continuing roll out of the scheme, ongoing training and assessment materials.

16.        School Uniform Grant Scheme to assist families on low incomes with the purchase of school uniform for children entering year 7 of secondary education. There is an allocated sum of £2,744 for administration costs and £19,320 indicative grant available for eligible pupils.

17.        National Reading and Numeracy Tests Support funding £25,150, the funding is to be disbursed to schools to support the introduction of the National Reading and Numeracy Tests in May 2013.

18.        Details of any other grants which have not yet been confirmed will be reported in subsequent monitoring reports.


19.        Appendix 2 details financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 30th April 2013.

20.        The monitoring report shows actual expenditure spent for the month of April 2013 and is matched by a similar figure in the profile to date column, thereby showing no variances. Profiled expenditure has been requested from Project Managers and will be updated in the next report.

21.        Members should be aware that Appendix 2 does not include requests for unspent committed expenditure to be slipped from 2012/13 into 2013/14. A request for this slippage will be included in the Closing Down report presented to a future Cabinet meeting.

22.        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)

23.        As detailed in the body of the report

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

24.        As detailed in the body of the report

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

25.        There are no legal implications

Crime and Disorder Implications

26.        There are no crime and disorder implications

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

27.        There are no equal opportunity implications

Corporate/Service Objectives

28.        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

29.        The report is in accordance with the Policy Framework and Budget

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

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

Background Papers



Contact Officer

Carolyn Michael (Senior Group Accountant) (01446 709778)


Officers Consulted

Chief Learning and Skills Officer

Head of Strategic Planning and Performance


Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill