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Contact: Wyn Richards, Scrutiny Manager and Head of Democratic Services
To receive apologies for absence.
There were no apologies for absence.
Declarations of interest
To receive declarations of interest from Members.
There were no declarations of interest from Members relating to items for consideration on the agenda.
Declarations of Party Whip
To receive disclosures of prohibited party whips which a Member has been given in relation to the meeting in accordance with Section 78(3) of the Local Government Measure 2011.
(NB: Members are reminded that under Section 78 Members having been given a prohibited party whip cannot vote on a matter before the Committee.)
The Committee did not receive any disclosures of prohibited party whips which a Member has been given in relation to the meeting in accordance with Section 78(3) of the Local Government Measure 2011.
To scrutinise the Revenue Outturn report and Capital Position for 31 March 2020 in relation to the Education Service and Schools.
· Revenue Outturn Report and the Capital Position for 31st March 2020 in relation to the Education Service and Schools
· The revenue outturn position for 2019/20 is an underspend of £1.46m against the working budget (excluding schools and the HRA). The figure includes cost reductions delivered of £15.79m, 73% of the £21.20m target. The Education Service budget had an overspend of £172k whilst the Schools Delegated budget had an underspend of £1.3m.
· School budgets were set with an expected £3.17m call on reserves. However at year end the call on reserves was only £0.99m. School balances have moved from a surplus position in April 2019 to a deficit of £0.91m in April 2020.
· The primary sector has a surplus of £2.6m with deficits in the secondary and special sectors of £3.5m. This is a risk in term of school budgets and forward projections are of concern. Schools have been given additional time to submit their budget plans for 2020-21. Not all schools are reporting their budgets as effectively as they could be during the year and more work needs to be done on managing budget and forecasting.
· Education Service budget (overspend of £172k). ALN had a further underspend due to a reduction in out of county placement costs and increased income. There were revenue costs relating to feasibility studies for capital projects which are no longer feasible which amounted to £266k.The effects of responding to the PIAP and transformation also had an effect on the budget such as moving ahead with the staffing re-structure.
· Schools delegated budget – there had been work between the Finance and Education Service staff to identify areas for efficiency savings with individual school leadership teams. However, there is further work in reducing school deficits and training school business managers so that predictions for year end and coding is undertaken appropriately.
The next meeting of the Committee will be on:
Further meetings will be held on:
(To be advised)
The Committee noted that the next meeting will be on:
It was suggested that the meeting be extended by half an hour to give sufficient time to discuss the report fully.