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Cabinet to review the council’s projected performance for 2018/19

Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet will today (Thursday 27 September 2018) review the first quarter corporate budget and performance report for 2018/19. As part of the review, Cabinet will monitor achievement of the agreed revenue and service delivery targets and determine any additional actions needed to achieve improvement.

By the end of June 2018, the revenue outturn was projected to be a £1.422m overspend by the end of the 2018/19 financial year.

The forecast overspend comes as Herefordshire Council strives to meet its corporate priorities ‘to keep children and young people safe’ and ‘to enable residents to live safe, healthy and independent lives’. The council continues to experience significant pressure on the costs of placements for looked after children, which is being driven up by the lack of placement options available. The projected overspend reflects an increase in looked after children in residential placement, and additional residential placements for people with learning disabilities.

From the 2018/19 capital budget, there is currently a forecast underspend of £83.3m against a budget of £145.3m. This is expected to change as the year progresses and decisions for capital spending are approved. Planned capital spending for 2018/19 includes:

  • £1.253m for pothole repair in response to last winter’s severe weather (a total of £12.8m for highways management);
  • £4.9m for the expansion of Marlbrook Primary School; and
  • £1.5m to support the conversion of the Hillside rehabilitation centre to provide a nursing home facility for older people with complex mental health needs (such as dementia) in response to rising demand for this type of care

Published: Thursday, 27th September 2018