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Agenda Item No. 7

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 15th June 2015

 

Report of the Director of Social Services

 

Revenue and Capital Monitoring for the period 1st April to 30th April 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 30th April 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 monitoring is noted.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.         That Members are aware of the position with regard to the 2015/16 revenue and capital monitoring relevant to this Scrutiny Committee.  

Background

2.         On 4th March 2015, Council approved the Revenue and Capital Budgets for 2015/16 (minute no 941 and 940 respectively).  Reports monitoring expenditure are brought to this Committee on a regular basis.

3.         In setting the Social Services budget for 2015/16, the use of £2.075m from the Social Services Fund was also approved.

Relevant Issues and Options

Revenue

 

4.         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 2015/16 onwards.

5.         A table and graph setting out the variance between profiled budget and actual expenditure to date and the projected position at year end are attached at Appendix 1.

6.         Children and Young People's Services - The major issue concerning this service for the coming year will be 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 have a significant impact on the service.  The Joint Budget for Residential Placements for Looked After Children is set this year at £3.27m. 

7.         Adult Services - The major issue concerning this service for the coming year will continue to be the pressure on the Community Care Packages budget.  This budget is extremely volatile and can be adversely affected by outside influences.  The service will strive to manage demand, which will be supported by the continuation of changes, as a result of the initiatives funded via regional grants. Committee will be advised of changes as they arise throughout the year.  From April 2015, Welsh Government approved an increase in the weekly cap for charging for non-residential services from £55 to £60 per week.

8.         The Directorate will again this year receive funding from Welsh Government for regional initiatives.

9.         This year, the Intermediate Care Fund (ICF) grant has been allocated to the University Health Board.  For the first 3 months of the year, £136k of initial funding has been allocated for Vale schemes, to enable the continuation of the communication hub, accommodation solution team, third sector funding and extra care schemes.   A further funding request has been made to Health but confirmation has not yet been received.

10.      For 2015/16, the Welsh Government has allocated £533k of Regional Collaboration Funding (RCF) to the Vale.  This will be used to continue work to deliver transformational social care change projects across Cardiff and Vale and to ensure synergy with other grant funding streams such as ICF and to provide programme management support for integrating social care and health services in partnership with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

11.      Welsh Government has approved £415k Delivering Transformation grant for the Vale for the current year.  This will allow the regional consortium to continue the support for the regional implementation of the Sustainable Social Services for Wales Programme and, in particular, implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

12.      The Social Services Directorate is committed to achieving a balanced budget in 2015/16 while delivering the approved savings.

Capital

13.      Appendix 2 details financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 30th April 2015.

14.      The monitoring report shows that actual expenditure for the month of April 2015 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.

15.      Members should be aware that Appendix 2 does not include requests for unspent committed expenditure to be slipped from 2014/15 into 2015/16.  A request for this slippage will be included in the Closing Down report presented to a future Cabinet meeting.

16.      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)

17.      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

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

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

19.      There are no legal implications.

Crime and Disorder Implications

20.      There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

21.      There are no equal opportunity implications.

Corporate/Service Objectives

22.      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

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

24.      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 Social Services

 

Responsible Officer

Phil Evans, Director of Social Services

 

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