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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 3rd December 2012

 

Report of the Director of Social Services

 

Update on the Social Services Budget Programme

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To update Scrutiny Committee on the progress made in delivering the Social Services Budget Programme.

Recommendation

It is recommended that:-

 

1.             The progress made in delivering the Social Services Budget Programme is noted and referred to Cabinet for information.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             That Scrutiny and Cabinet members are aware of the progress made to date in delivering the Social Services Budget Programme and endorse the proposed amendments.

Background

2.             On 30th July 2012 (minute no. C1790), Cabinet endorsed the Social Service Budget Programme and requested that Cabinet and Scrutiny Committee receive monthly progress updates in order to exercise proper oversight and scrutiny.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             A report to Scrutiny Committee on 8th October 2012 updated progress on the Social Services Budget Programme; the proposed amendments were endorsed by Scrutiny Committee and it included details of the proposed projects to deliver savings in 2013/14.

4.             The Directorate is currently required to find savings totalling £8.5m by the end of 2015/16.  Progress in identifying these savings has been made and the following table shows the current position.  Sufficient savings have been identified to meet the targets for 2012/13 and 2013/14.  However, there still remains £3.9m to be identified for 2014/15 and 2015/16. The Director of Social Services has been asked to finalise actions for these periods no later than January 2013.

Year

Savings Required

£000

Savings Identified

£000

In Year (Surplus)/Shortfall

£000

Cumulative (Surplus)/Shortfall

£000

2012/13

1,430

1,833

(403)

(403)

2013/14

2,150

2,040

110

(293)

2014/15

2,150

675

1,475

1,182

2015/16

2,757

25

2,732

3,914

TOTAL

8,487

4,573

3,914

 

5.             Appendix 1 provides details of progress for each project currently identified.

6.             The following table shows the current financial position on each of the identified Social Services savings for 2012/13.

 

Project

Target Saving (£000)

Projected Saving (£000)

Position

Delete CAMHS Social Worker Post

58

58

Achieved

Contract with Atal Y Fro

67

67

Achieved

Contract with First Opportunities

25

25

Achieved

Continuing Health Care

110

110

Achieved

Managed Budget Reductions

200

200

Achieved

TOTAL CHILDRENS

460

460

Reconfigure VCRS

45

45

Reorganisation will not be complete until February 2013; however, staff vacancies will contribute to achieving the saving

Care Packages Budget Reduction

618

618

While expenditure on community care packages is greater than anticipated, an increase in income is offsetting this position

Managed Budget Reduction

300

300

Achieved

Supported Accom Learning Disabilities

100

100

Achieved

Residential Services

100

100

Expenditure is projected to reduce at Bryneithin and additional client contributions have been received in excess of budget

Service level agreement with Cardiff Council - Emergency Duty Team

25

25

Achieved

TOTAL ADULTS

1,188

1,188

 

 

 

Child Protection Conferencing & Review

35

35

Review has not yet been  completed; however, staff vacancies will contribute to achieving the saving

Managed Budget Reduction

90

90

Reorganisation is only partially complete; however, staff vacancies will contribute to achieving the saving

Delete ICT Budget

60

60

Achieved

TOTAL BUSINESS, MGT & INNOVATION

185

185

 

 

 

TOTAL SOCIAL SERVICES

1,833

1,833

 

 

7.             The Social Services Directorate is committed to achieving a balanced budget.  The corporate programme board and project teams overseeing the plan will continue to develop it further and ensure delivery and progress.  Progress updates will be reported on a monthly basis as part of the overall financial monitoring report for the Directorate.

8.             It should be noted that the initial revenue budget proposals for 2013/14 predict a worsening financial position for the Council and include increased savings targets for the Directorate.  Directors have been requested to formulate additional options for savings, additional income, etc. over the next 4 years.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

9.             As detailed in the body of the report.  Changes in future service provision may have an impact upon staffing levels and due consideration will be given to the Council's employment policies and procedures.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

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

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

11.        There are no legal implications

Crime and Disorder Implications

12.        There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

13.        There are no equal opportunity implications

Corporate/Service Objectives

14.        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

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

16.        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 Social Services

Responsible Officer

Phil Evans, Director of Social Services

 

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