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Draft Revenue Budget 2010-11 to 2012-13

Meeting: 26/01/2010 - Employees' Consultative Forum (Item 190)

190 Consultation on the Draft Revenue Budget for 2010-11 and MTFS for 2010-11 to 2012-13 and Draft Capital Programme for 2010-11 to 2012-13 pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Report of the Corporate Director Finance.

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Minutes:

The Forum received a report and presentation from the Corporate Director Finance to enable consultation with the Trade Unions on the proposals in the Draft Revenue Budget for 2010-11 and MTFS (Medium Term Financial Strategy) for 2010-11 to 2012-13 and Draft Capital Programme for 2010-11 to 2012-13, agreed by Cabinet on 17 December 2009.  It was noted that the Leader of the Council would be meeting with the Trade Unions to discuss the budget the following week.

 

In response to questions from the Trade Unions, it was noted that:

 

·                    the costs of consultation cross-council were not quantified and would be difficult to identify.  The Corporate Director Finance undertook to determine whether a broad estimate could be captured;

 

·                    the Council Tax freeze for 2010-11 was as a result of the challenging situation faced by residents;

 

·                    the Council was investigating the optimisation of revenue where appropriate. Items considered by Cabinet as a response to a study on revenue raising opportunities two years previously, which had included looking at other authorities, were outlined.  It was proposed to revisit this framework and to explore other avenues.  This would include a future operating model to ascertain whether services could be offered to other authorities as part of a business case;

 

·                    the appointment of consultants took place where they added value to the organisation and provided costs were justified.  Any clawback of monies on performance would depend on the contractual arrangements.  The measure of delivery of individual consultants varied and was dependent on the outcome of a business case or the work they were expected to undertake.  Any concerns regarding consultants could be pursued through other established channels;

 

·                    with regard to investment in services, the composition of the £4.5m was detailed in the main report.  It was noted that the investment in services did not relate to the Transformation Programme (known publicly as the Better Deal for Residents), the results of which would not impact until 2011/12.

 

An Employee Representative suggested that the Council consider becoming a waste disposal authority.  The Corporate Director Finance stated that the Council could not opt out of the West London Waste Authority (WLWA).  However the WLWA was identifying the availability of disposal sites in the region.  In addition, the Council was working with the six Local Authorities in West Waste in bidding for new refuse disposal facilities.

 

It was suggested that consideration be given to renting surplus Council land to local businesses.  The Chairman stated that revenue implications would need to be considered in any business case.

 

The Chairman stated that any ideas regarding revenue raising opportunities would be welcomed.

 

RESOLVED:   That

 

(1)               the report be noted;

 

(2)               the comments of the Trades Unions be reported to Cabinet.


Meeting: 17/12/2009 - Cabinet (Item 728)

728 Key Decision - Draft Revenue Budget 2010/11 to 2012/13 pdf icon PDF 137 KB

Report of the Corporate Director Finance

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  • Draft Revenue Budget

Minutes:

The Corporate Director Finance submitted a report detailing the draft revenue budget for 2010?11 and medium term financial strategy (MTFS) for 2010?11 to 2012?13.

 

The Leader of the Council stressed that this was a draft budget and that the final budget would be submitted to the February meetings of Cabinet and Council for the setting of the Council Tax.

 

The Corporate Director Finance stated that the budget process had been challenging partly due to the recession and partly as a result of increasing costs in social care provision and additional landfill tax.  She highlighted the key aspects of the report such as the proposal to deliver a nil increase in Council Tax in 2010/11.  Savings of £7.3m had been identified and a further £1m was required to ensure a balanced budget.  Against this £4.5m would be invested in frontline services.  The schools would receive 4.1% increase in funding per pupil and this was ring?fenced.

 

The Corporate Director also referred to the proposal to amend the reserves policy, and confirmed that the Mayor of London had indicated that there would be no increase in the Greater London Authority (GLA) precept.  She informed Members that consultations on the draft budget would take place with various stakeholders.  The report to February 2010 Cabinet would additionally address public sector pay and other elements of the government’s recent pre-budget report, including the outlook for the future.

 

Cabinet was informed of the challenges that lay ahead with regard to a funding gap of £15m year on year.  In response, the Leader of the Council stated that it was an achievement during the adverse economic climate to hold off an increase in the Council Tax for 2010/11.  He also spoke on the potential implications for Council Tax for 2011/12 - 2012/13.  He noted that substantial investment had been made in Adults and Housing and that joint working arrangements with NHS Harrow (formerly known as Harrow PCT) in the provision of services had been valuable.  The Council would work to ensure that frontline services were protected and would continue to work with its partners to achieve this.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Adults and Housing highlighted the need for certainty in relation to financial planning from central government, in order to allow local government to plan ahead, noting the difficulties that had arisen earlier in the year in relation to rent rises.

 

It was noted that the Corporate Plan would be submitted to the February Cabinet, and would be considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee prior to that meeting.

 

RESOLVED:  That (1) the results of the consultation carried out on the draft corporate priorities set out in Appendix 1 be noted, and the priorities for 2010/11, as set out in paragraph 2, be approved;

 

(2)  the draft Revenue Budget 2010/11 of £171.587m and the draft Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) be agreed;

 

(3)  the Reserves Policy as set out in paragraph 48 of the report be agreed.

 

Reason for Decision:  To publish the draft  ...  view the full minutes text for item 728