Agenda Item No 5

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Learning and Culture Scrutiny Committee: 17th July 2018

 

Report of the Director of Learning and Skills

 

Revenue and Capital Monitoring for the Period 1st April to 31st May 2018

 

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 31st May 2018 regarding those revenue and capital budgets, which form this Committee's remit.

Recommendation

It is recommended that :-

  1. Scrutiny Committee consider the position with regard to the 2018/19 revenue and capital monitoring.

Reason for the Recommendation

  1. That Members are aware of the position with regard to the 2018/19 revenue and capital monitoring relevant to this Scrutiny Committee.

Background

  1. On 28th February 2018, Council approved the Revenue and Capital budgets for 2018/19 (minute nos. 746 and 745 respectively).  Reports monitoring expenditure are brought to this Committee on a regular basis.

Relevant Issues and Options

Revenue

  1. It is anticipated that the directorate will outturn on budget in the current financial year after a transfer from reserves.
  2. The Revenue Budget shown in the table below now includes the allocation of the Reshaping Tranche 3 Establishment Review savings to services which were previously held centrally as part of the Final Revenue Budget Proposals 2018/19.

Learning & Culture          

Amended Revenue Budget

Probable Outturn

Variance

(+ ) Favourable

(-) Adverse

 

£000

£000

£000

Schools

84,458

84,458

0

Strategy, Culture, Community Learning & Resources

11,555

11,555

0

Directors Office

232

232

0

Achievement for All

4,650

4,650

0

School Improvement

1,033

1,033

0

TOTAL

101,928

101,928

0

  1. Schools - The delegated budget relating to schools is expected to balance as any under/over spend is carried forward by schools.
  2. It is projected that a transfer of £212k will be required from the Schools Rationalisation reserve to fund one off costs in relation to the transformation of secondary schools in Barry.
  3. There is pressure on the school bus contracts. This is mainly due to an increase in price in certain contracts since a contractor had their licence revoked. These routes have therefore been retendered however there was a general increase in prices. It is anticipated that the overspend against the School Bus contracts could be in the region of £100k.
  4. The initial savings target for the year relating to the Reshaping Tranche 3 Procurement has been re-apportioned across the Directorate and therefore the following budget virement, which has not been included in the table above, is requested:-
 

Virement

£'000

School Improvement

+25

   

Strategy, Community Learning & Resources

-25

   

TOTAL

0

2018/19 Savings Targets

  1. As part of the Final Revenue Budget Proposals for 2018/19, a savings target of £6.298m was set for the Authority.  Attached at Appendix 1 is a statement detailing all savings targets relating to this Committee.  Updates on progress will be provided to Members during the year.

Capital

  1. Appendix 2 details financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 31st May 2018.
  2. Members should be aware that Appendix 2 includes requests for unspent committed expenditure to be slipped from the 2017/18 Capital Programme into 2018/19 as approved by Emergency Powers on 12th June 2018.
  3. Ty Deri - An Emergency Power was approved on 22nd May 2018 to bring forward £45k from the 2019/20 Capital Programme to the 2018/19 Capital Programme.  The total budget estimate of £555k is still considered to be sufficient however it has been requested that the split between phases is amended to £350k for phase 1 in 2018/19 and £205k for phase 2 in 2019/20.
  4. Barry Library Boilers - The current boilers at the Library have reached the end of their economic lives and need urgent replacement before the winter.  It has been requested that this scheme is included in the 2018/19 Capital Programme with a budget of £185k which will be funded by a £40k revenue contribution to capital from the Office Accommodation budget and £145k from the Council Buildings reserve.   This scheme will replace 3 boilers.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. As detailed in the body of the report.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. As detailed in the body of the report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. There are no legal implications.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. There are no crime and disorder implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. There are no equal opportunity implications.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. 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

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. 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

Officers Consulted

Head of Strategy, Community Learning & Resources

Responsible Officer:

Paula Ham

Director of Learning and Skills