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Agenda item

Medium Term Financial Plan 2019-20 to 2022-23 and Detailed Budget and Council Tax 2019-20

To set out the proposed budget for 2019/20 to 2022/23 and the detailed information required to enable this Committee to make recommendations to inform the Finance and Contracts Committee’s recommendations to Budget Council on 26 February 2019.

 

Decision:

Resolved that the general fund proposals in the budget report regarding the 2019/20 budget for AfC Commissioning, Education and Skills, Schools and School Place Planning, Special Educational Needs, Children’s Centres, Pupil Referral Units, Youth Service, Safeguarding, Looked After Children, Adult Social Care, Public Health, Leisure Services, Mental Health, Equalities, Adult Education be RECOMMENDED to the Finance and Contracts Committee.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report which set out the proposed budget for 2019/20 to 2022/23 and the detailed information required to enable the Committee to make recommendations on the proposals relating to services within the remit of the Committee to inform the Finance and Contracts Committee’s recommendations to Budget Council on 26 February 2019.

The report referred to, and was considered in conjunction with, the Budget pack which had been circulated separately to all Members (‘Budget Report 2019/20 to 2022/23’) which set out the detailed budget proposals for all service areas.

This services within the remit of the Committee include: AfC Commissioning, Education and Skills, Schools and School Place Planning, Special Educational Needs, Children’s Centres, Pupil Referral Units, Youth Service, Safeguarding, Looked After Children, Adult Social Care, Public Health, Leisure Services, Mental Health, Equalities, Adult Education, being the services within its remit.  In relation to these services, Members’ attention was drawn in particular to the following items:

(a)          Budgetary growth proposals set out in Annex 5 of the pack which includes:

·      item 1 relating to Kingston Adult Education

·      items 24 to 27 relating to Adult Social Care

·      items 28 to 31 relating to Achieving for Children and

·      item 32 , relating to the Education Reserve

(b)       Budget reductions shown in Annex 6 of the report.  These include:

·      items 1, 11, 17, 29 to 30, 43 to 45, 63, 101 to 103, 105, 108 to 120 and 127 which relate to Adult Social Care,

·      items 33 to 35, 46 to 47, 104, 106 to 107, 121 to 126 and 128 to 129 which relate to Achieving for Children,

·      item 49 relating to the Leisure Contract

·      items 130 to 134 relating to public health - these are shown separately within Annex 5 as they are implemented to partially mitigate the reduction in public health grant funding received by the public health service and therefore do not contribute to closing the overall budget gap.

(c)          The Capital Strategy is set out in Annex 11 of the pack with the detailed programme provided in Enclosure 1, including item 2 relating to education and items 10 & 15 relating to adult social care.

The report made clear that some of the proposed savings will be subject to separate decision making processes (either by Officer, Strategic Committee or Council) and some require a consultation process to be undertaken from which the responses to the  consultation (together with the equality analysis) must be conscientiously taken into account in finalising any decisions.  (If, as a result of the consultation process, there are changes to proposed savings alternative arrangements will need to be made to deliver reductions in spend.)

 

Resolved that the general fund proposals in the budget report regarding the 2019/20 budget for AfC Commissioning, Education and Skills, Schools and School Place Planning, Special Educational Needs, Children’s Centres, Pupil Referral Units, Youth Service, Safeguarding, Looked After Children, Adult Social Care, Public Health, Leisure Services, Mental Health, Equalities, Adult Education be RECOMMENDED to the Finance and Contracts Committee.

 

Voting:

For: 9 Members (the Chair, Councillor Margaret Thompson, the Vice Chair Councillor Diane White, and Councillors Stephanie Archer, Mark Durrant, Sam Foulder-Hughes, Liz Green, Munir Ravalia, Anita Schaper and Annette Wookey)

Abstaining: 2 Members (Councillors Ed Fram and Maria Netley)

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