Decision details


Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


That Cabinet note the overall revenue budget deficit forecast at month 9 of £314k, a slight deterioration of £29k since the previous forecast.


That Cabinet note the forecast 85% delivery of the £12.3m required service savings for the year, resulting in a £1.86m deficit that is needing to be managed as part of the overall revenue budget. The overall level of required savings includes the additional in-year budget recovery measures of £2.1m instigated at Month 5.


That Cabinet note the budgetary risks included within the forecast, namely;

·       The volatility of demand for high-cost services, particularly in Adults & Childrens Social Care and Homelessness;

·       The risk of further non-delivery of the £12.3m of budgeted savings targets through to year-end;

·       The severely limited reserve cover available to the Council to cover any further deterioration in outturn position


That Cabinet note the forecast draw of £5.6m on schools delegated balances as outlined in Appendix 1 of this report, an increased draw of £1.85m since the previous forecast. Cumulative school balances are forecast to move into a deficit of £1.35m by the end of the financial year, with sixteen schools now forecast to be in a deficit balance.


That Cabinet note an overall forecast Capital budget under spend of £3.5m, alongside an indication of slippage in capital schemes of £11.9m. This consequently introduces £815k of useable capital funding that can assist in meeting forward capital pressures.

Publication date: 28/02/2024

Date of decision: 28/02/2024

Decided at meeting: 28/02/2024 - Cabinet

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