Cabinet to review the council’s projected performance for 2017/18

Herefordshire Council has today (Friday 10 November 2017) published the mid-year corporate budget and performance report for 2017/18.

On Thursday 16 November, Cabinet will review the council’s performance for the first half of the 2017/18 financial year, monitor achievement of the agreed revenue and service delivery targets, and to address reasons for under-performance.

Herefordshire Council continues to face financial pressure, with a further £17.5m of savings to be made in the 2017/18 to 2020/21 financial years, contributing to a total of £87m of savings since 2010.

By the end of September 2017, the revenue outturn for 2017/18 was projected to be a £2.972m overspend, broken down into the following directorates:

  • Economy, Communities & Corporate (which delivers services such as waste management, highways and transport) is projected to perform to budget
  • Adult’s Wellbeing is projected to overspend by £641k due to the demands of adult social care provision. This includes the assumed allocation of £2.5m from the government’s Better Care Fund towards meeting the county’s adult social care needs
  • Children’s Wellbeing continues to face immense pressure and is projected to overspend by £2.33m. This is due to providing care for an unexpectedly high number of Looked After Children and meeting children’s safeguarding needs, including complex disability cases

From the 2017/18 capital budget, a net overspend of £342k has been forecast although measures have been identified to address this, especially in light of the unauthorised capital spend on the Blueschool House refurbishment. Herefordshire Council is working with the Local Government Association to review governance, and the Audit and Governance Committee will oversee measures to ensure the robustness of internal control processes and officer compliance with those processes.

Published: 10th November 2017