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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 17th June 2013

 

Report of the Director of Social Services

 

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.

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

Recommendations

It is recommended that:-

 

1.             The position with regard to the 2013/14 revenue and capital monitoring is noted.

2.             The progress made on the Social Services Budget Programme is noted and referred to Cabinet for information.

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.             That Scrutiny and Cabinet Members are aware of the progress made to date on the Social Services Budget Programme. 

Background

3.             Council on the 6th March 2013 (minute nos. 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.

4.             Also as part of the Final Revenue Budget Proposals for 2013/14, Council on 6th March 2013 approved the savings targets for 2013/14 onwards.  These savings will represent the minimum targets expected to be met by services.

Relevant Issues and Options

Revenue

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

6.             As it is very early in the financial year, the current forecast for Social Services is a balanced budget.  In addition to increased demand for services, there is pressure on the Directorate to achieve its savings targets for 2013/14 onwards.

7.             Children and Young People's Services - The major issue concerning this service, is the continued pressure on the children’s placements budget.  Any increase in the number of children becoming looked after by the Council over the year could significantly impact on the service.

8.             Adult Services - The major issue concerning this service is the continued pressure on the Community Care Packages budget.  This budget is extremely volatile and can be adversely affected by outside influences.

9.             The Social Services Directorate is committed to achieving a balanced budget in 2013/14 while delivering the approved savings. 

Capital

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

11.        The monitoring report shows actual expenditure 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.

12.        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.

13.        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.

Social Services Budget Programme Update

14.        Scrutiny Committee on 20th May 2013 received a progress update report and also endorsed revision to the approved programme.  The proposed amendments did not alter the total savings to be found by year or overall throughout the programme.

15.        The Directorate is currently required to find savings totalling £6.0m by the end of 2016/17.  Savings totalling £6.189m have currently been identified.  The surplus will be used to mitigate any additional savings to be found in future years.

16.        The following table shows the approved savings targets and the savings identified by year.  It includes the £403,000 identified in 2012/13 in excess of the saving target for that year.

Year

Savings Required

£000

Savings Identified

£000

In Year Surplus/ (Shortfall)

£000

Cumulative Surplus/   (Shortfall)

£000

Additional 2012/13 savings

 -

403

403

403

2013/14

2,150

2,040

(110)

293

2014/15

838

579

(259)

34

2015/16

1,700

1,776

76

110

2016/17

1,315

1,391

76

186

TOTAL

6,003

6,189

 

 

 

17.        Appendix 3 details the latest progress for each project currently identified.

18.        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.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

19.        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

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

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

21.        There are no legal implications.

Crime and Disorder Implications

22.        There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

23.        There are no equal opportunity implications.

Corporate/Service Objectives

24.        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

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

26.        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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