The Executive Director - Commercial and Corporate Services submitted a report, the purpose of which was to present the second review of the estimated revenue outturn position for 2014/2015.
On 3 March 2014 the Council had set its revenue budget for 2014/2015 at £130.6 million and a Council Tax increase of 1.82% had been approved. In setting the 2014/2015 budget, reductions of approximately £14.8 million had been identified and £1.8 million of demand mitigation for Wellbeing Care & Learning.
The Council had approved additional gross investment in key areas of £7 million (before any budget reductions) including the following:-
£3.400 million for care for children and young people;
£2.400 million for care for older people and vulnerable adults
£1.165 million for income shortfalls.
A net revenue saving of £1,737,200 was projected for 2014/15. This represented a 1.3% pressure against the 2014/15 revenue budget.
The report provided explanations for the major variations from budget for each service area and a full analysis was given in Appendices A and B of the submitted report.
Overall savings of (-£4,080,200) were forecast across the Council on key service area budgets. This was however offset by a predicted net pressure of (+£2,343,000) on budgeted savings targets resulting in a net projected saving of (-£1,737,200).
The savings generated in 2014/15 would be used to help mitigate future budget reduction requirements over the medium term.
Reference was made to the projected pressure of (+£244,000) as a result of legislative changes following on from the Cheshire West Supreme Court judgement regarding Deprivation of Liberty safeguards. Members requested further clarification in respect of this figure. The Board was advised that the Assistant Director of Social Care had produced a briefing paper in respect of this issue and a copy would be circulated to all Members of the Board.
Reference was made to the £1million estimated surplus of Public Health funding that was to be ring fenced and carried forward for future Public Health expenditure over the Medium Term. Members sought further clarification with regard to why the funding had not been utilised. The Board was advised that the Assistant Director Improving Public Health and Director of Public Health would be requested to provide a report in respect of this issue.
A Member sought clarification with regard to the total amount of the Troubled Families Grant. The Accounting Services Manager advised that he would email the figure to the Member concerned.
Reference was made to the predicted pressure of (+£1,008,000) in respect of the savings targets for Legal, Performance & Policy and Marketing and Communications. Clarification was sought in respect of the reasons for the predicted pressure.
ORDERED as follows:
1. That the information provided be noted.
2. That a copy of the briefing paper produced by the Assistant Director of Social Care in respect of the projected budget pressure of (+£244,000) as a result of legislative changes following on from the Cheshire West Supreme Court judgement regarding Deprivation of Liberty safeguards, be circulated to all Members of the Board.
3. That the Assistant Director Improving Public Health and Director of Public Health be requested to provide a report in respect of the £1million estimated surplus of Public Health funding and the reasons for the surplus.
4. That the Accounting Services Manager email the figure for the total amount of the Troubled Families Grant to the Member of the Board that requested the information.
5. That a breakdown of the reasons in respect of the predicted pressure of (+£1,008,000) with regard to the savings targets for Legal, Performance & Policy and Marketing and Communications be provided for Members of the Overview and Scrutiny Board.