Agenda Item No.











Committee received a report which:


-               brought to the attention of Committee the position in respect of revenue and capital expenditure for the period 1st April 2013 to 31st May 2013 regarding those revenue and capital budgets which formed this Committee’s remit

-               updated Committee on the progress made in delivering the Social Services Budget Programme.


The current forecast was for a balanced budget.  In addition to increased demand for services, there was pressure on the Directorate to achieve its savings targets for 2013/14 onwards. 


Children and Young People’s Services – the major ongoing issue concerning this service was the continued pressure to manage the Children’s Placements budget.  Whilst the number of Looked After Children had been decreasing, the children had increasingly complex needs and this could result in high cost placements being required. 


Cabinet, on 17th June 2013, had approved the proposal to set up a jointly funded budget for Residential Placements for Looked After Children.  The costs incurred were currently funded by Education and Social Services, with contributions from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board where Continuing Health Care was required.  The process for determining the allocation of costs to each funder could be difficult and time consuming, so it was felt that a joint budget would be a more efficient and effective means of financial management.  The budget for 2013/14 had been set at £3,150,000 with a £2,830,000 (90%) contribution from Social Services and a £320,000 contribution from Education (10%).  The joint budget would be held by Social Services and therefore a virement of £320,000 from Education to Social Services had been actioned.  This was shown in Appendix 1 to the report.  University Health Board contributions, via Continuing Health Care arrangements, would continue unchanged.  There would be great pressure on this budget as the year progressed but the current projected year end position for the joint budget was a break even position.


Adult Service – the major issue concerning this service was the continuing pressure on Community Care Packages, which was an extremely volatile budget.  At present, the projected year end position was an overspend of £995,000 which included the savings target for the year of £685,000.  Work was ongoing to ensure that the savings were implemented and the shortfall addressed.  There was a projected increase in income received under the Deferred Payment Scheme which could partially offset this position.  It was considered that the eventual year end position would be a balanced budget.


Appendix 2 to the report detailed financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 31st May 2013.


With regard to the Social Services Budget Programme Update, the Directorate was currently required to find savings totalling £6,000,000 by the end of 2016/17.  Savings totalling £6,189,000 had currently been identified.  The surplus would be used to mitigate any additional savings to be found in future years.


The Social Services Directorate was committed to achieving a balanced budget.  The Corporate programme Board and Project Teams overseeing the plan would continue to develop it further and ensure delivery and progress. 


In response to a question regarding Project Reference A3 as contained in Appendix 4 to the report, Committee were advised that there was an increasing number of people suffering from frailty and / or dementia.


In referring to Project Reference A6 as detailed in Appendix 4, entitled “Residential Services”, Committee were advised that a report would be presented to Cabinet in September. 


In referring to Appendix 1 to the report, the Chairman expressed the view that expenditure on Community Care Packages should be identified separately, to be listed under the heading “Adult Services”.




(1)       T H A T the position with regard to the 2013/14 Revenue and Capital Monitoring be noted.


(2)       T H A T the progress made on the Social Services Budget Programme be noted and referred to Cabinet for information.


(3)       T H A T future reports of this nature include information, as a separate line, on expenditure on Community Care Packages in view of the cost pressures in this area.


Reasons for recommendations


(1)       That Members are aware of the position with regard to the 2013/14 revenue and capital monitoring relevant to the Scrutiny Committee.


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


(3)       To identify expenditure on Community Care Packages.




Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 15th July, 2013