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Agenda Item No. 6

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 2nd December 2013

 

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 be referred to Cabinet for information.

Reason for the Recommendation

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

Background

2.             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.  In setting the Social Services budget for 2013/14, the use of £2.241m from the Social Services Fund was also approved.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             A report to Scrutiny Committee on 7th October 2013 updated progress on the Social Services Budget Programme. 

4.             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.

5.             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

 

 

  

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

7.             The following table shows the current financial position for each of the identified Social Services savings for 2013/14.

Project

Target Saving (£000)

Projected Saving (£000)

Position

CHILDREN'S

 

 

 

LAC Residential Care Placements

200

0

Jointly funded budget is currently overspending

Reduction in Contract Spend to fund SLAs

80

80

Achieved

Managed Budget Reduction

190

190

Achieved

Administrative Support

 

20

20

Achieved

TOTAL CHILDREN'S

490

290

 


 

Project

Target Saving (£000)

Projected Saving (£000)

Position

ADULTS

 

 

 

Reconfigure VCRS

40

40

Achieved

 

Meals on Wheels

 

32

20

Price have increased but budget currently overspending by £12k

Care Packages Budget Reduction

685

0

Budget is currently overspending

Managed Budget Reduction

183

183

Achieved

Supported Accom Learning Disabilities

150

150

Achieved

Residential Services

 

200

25

Negotiations still ongoing with Hafod, however partly offset by savings on Council homes

Service Level Agreement

40

40

Achieved

Income Generation

 

100

100

Achieved

Provision of Food to Trinity

 

13

13

Achieved

Office Accommodation

 

7

7

Achieved

TOTAL ADULTS

1,450

578

 

 

 

 

 

BUSINESS MGT & INNOVATION

 

 

 

Managed Budget Reduction

75

75

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

Funding to Carers Support Services

 

25

25

Achieved

TOTAL BUSINESS, MGT & INNOVATION

100

100

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL SOCIAL SERVICES

2,040

968

 

 

8.             Whilst the majority of identified savings have been achieved this year, community care packages continue to be a volatile budget.  It should also be noted that the identified savings are currently £293k more than the required target for the budget programme as a whole at this stage, as additional savings were realised in 2012/13.   There are, however, areas of underspends elsewhere in the budget which can be used to offset this position.  In Children's Services, the overspend on residential placements for Looked After Children is offset by an underspend in other areas where the children were previously receiving a provision prior to their transfer into a residential setting.  In Adult Services, planning is already underway for the savings required for 2014/15 and if possible they are being achieved ahead of target.  An overspend of £140k is therefore currently being projected for the Directorate, however, work is being undertaken to address this position and overall a balanced budget is anticipated by year end.

9.             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 as part of the overall financial monitoring report for the Directorate.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

10.        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

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

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

12.        There are no legal implications

Crime and Disorder Implications

13.        There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

14.        There are no equal opportunity implications

Corporate/Service Objectives

15.        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

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

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

Background Papers

None

 

Contact Officer

Carolyn Michael (Principal Accountant) (01446 709778)

 

Officers Consulted

Director of Social Services

 

Responsible Officer

Phil Evans, Director of Social Services