Budget Saving Proposals
January 2014

#MonmouthshireEngages
LGA Video
The reality
• Funding to councils has been cut.
• Situation is severe and deteriorating.

We need to find a way of deliver...
What does this mean for Monmouthshire?
1,700
1,600

£ per head

1,500
1,400

1,300
1,200
1,100
1,000

Authority

MCC gets ...
We need to make huge savings:
£9.3 million for 2014/15
plus £10.7 million over next 3 years

We need your help and ideas
What are our priorities?
• Education
• Vulnerable people
• Businesses and job opportunities
Feedback at the October events...
What do we spend money on?
Where do we get our income from?

Only 32% of our budget comes from Council Tax
October events:
What happened with your ideas?
• We met with you in October and you gave us lots
of ideas about how we can...
Some ideas we are working on
You said: “Charge to use the internet/computers in the library”
So: We are now charging for n...
What’s happened so far?
• We’ve have put together budget proposals
for next year
• We have some longer term ideas that nee...
Summary of savings for 2014/15
Savings proposed to come from:
• Employee costs £3.189 million
• Supplies and services £2.5...
Making money
We can make money from getting more
customers and/or increasing prices:
• Leisure services £125k
• Careline s...
Savings from reductions in services
• Reduced grants to community groups £200k
• Street lighting – dimming and turning off...
Savings from changing services
• Tourism and museums service £245k
• Working with individuals, families and
communities to...
Local Area Coordination Video
Savings from back office service
Efficiency savings
• Staff £2.479 million
• Premises £298k
• Transport £141k
• Supplies a...
What about Council Tax?
For next year:
3% increase would generate £1.145 million

Options to help fill the budget gap?
An ...
Council tax charges – MCC only
Bands
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I

Current
3%
4%
5%
2013/14 increase increase increase
669.13
20.07
2...
What does all this really mean?
• We have worked hard to minimise the
impact on services
• We still have a long way to go
...
Questions

• Views on council tax levels
• What do you think about the proposals?
• Any other issues, anything missing?
Important dates
• More events around the county this month
• 31st January - consultation ends
• 12th February- final budge...
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  • Total savings required over the 4 years is approx £20 million. (This has reduced from the £23 million we were quoting in October because the indicative settlement for 2015/16 from WG is slightly better than we were expecting. Originally projecting reduction of 4%, now projecting reduction of 2.8%.
  • SCH includes, community care for elderly, social services for vulnerable adults, children’s social servicesCYP includes £43 million budgets that get delegated to schools, responsibility of governing bodies at schoolsR & C includes Highways, Transport, street lighting, Waste management, Trading standards, property services, planning, public health, countryside, libraries, museums, Housing, CEX – Members expenses, HR, legal, finance, ICT, improvement and partnerships, Corporate costs and levies – Fire Authority levy, Drainage board, external audit fees
  • Staff – approx £2.5 million on staff, say 85 posts, some of these will be vacancies. Rest in payments to staff, travel, overtime, standby. Not funding incrementsSupplies and services – carbon reduction, energy, payments to 3rd parties eg for SCH services, using others to do work eg grounds maintenance, procurement savings (not fully funding inflation factor), grants reduction, street lightingPremises costs – relates to rationalisation of use of building in delivering adult education, reduced cost of property mtce, energy efficienies, Transport costs – reduced transport costs in highways and street scene from rationalising use, reduction in costs of transport sectionIncome generation – next slide
  • Reduced grants £100k from Social services contracts/SLAReduced grants to eg Gwent young farmers, Dance BlastStreet lighting – switch off ( midnight to 5 am) in main town residential areas where remote control systems have been installed, dimming all main road from 20:00 to 7:00ALN saving split between staff costs and actual payments on the ALN service
  • Tourism and museums - £97k relates to amalgamation of Museums and TICs which is still being worked on , rest relates to Shire Hall and Old Station Tintern
  • Examples are:Highways management structureSchools delegated budgetsSocial services restructuringChief Executives staffing structures ICTAdditional payments to staff eg travel expenses, overtime, standby, Not funding non pay inflation – procurement efficienciesOSS/Libraries restructure
  • Budget saving proposals - January 2014

    1. 1. Budget Saving Proposals January 2014 #MonmouthshireEngages
    2. 2. LGA Video
    3. 3. The reality • Funding to councils has been cut. • Situation is severe and deteriorating. We need to find a way of delivering public services with less money
    4. 4. What does this mean for Monmouthshire? 1,700 1,600 £ per head 1,500 1,400 1,300 1,200 1,100 1,000 Authority MCC gets the LEAST funding compared to the rest of Wales
    5. 5. We need to make huge savings: £9.3 million for 2014/15 plus £10.7 million over next 3 years We need your help and ideas
    6. 6. What are our priorities? • Education • Vulnerable people • Businesses and job opportunities Feedback at the October events showed that you agreed with this
    7. 7. What do we spend money on?
    8. 8. Where do we get our income from? Only 32% of our budget comes from Council Tax
    9. 9. October events: What happened with your ideas? • We met with you in October and you gave us lots of ideas about how we can do things ‘different, better, cheaper’ • We ranked them to determine which were the best ones. • 52 ideas were ranked in the top category – best • Of the 52: – 27 were something we already do – 25 are new
    10. 10. Some ideas we are working on You said: “Charge to use the internet/computers in the library” So: We are now charging for non-members in all libraries You said: “Grounds maintenance – give this over to town councils or community groups” So: We are in discussion with Caldicot Town Council, others to follow You said: “How about a Monmouthshire lottery?” So: We’re working on it. It looks positive.
    11. 11. What’s happened so far? • We’ve have put together budget proposals for next year • We have some longer term ideas that need further work Now, we need to know: What you think?
    12. 12. Summary of savings for 2014/15 Savings proposed to come from: • Employee costs £3.189 million • Supplies and services £2.561 million • Premises costs £322k • Transport costs £186k • Income generation £314k Cheaper, better, different
    13. 13. Making money We can make money from getting more customers and/or increasing prices: • Leisure services £125k • Careline services £30k • Community meals £30k • Schools meals take up and price increase £69K • Green waste charge increase £60k Cheaper, better, different
    14. 14. Savings from reductions in services • Reduced grants to community groups £200k • Street lighting – dimming and turning off at designated times £180k • Reduction in street sweeping and pest control services £195k • Remove the discretionary elements in post 16 and SEN college transport £95k • Reduce Additional Learning Needs budget £140k Cheaper, better, different
    15. 15. Savings from changing services • Tourism and museums service £245k • Working with individuals, families and communities to find other ways of supporting vulnerable people £400k • Changing day provision for people with learning disability £160k • Transfer maintenance of parks and public conveniences to other organisations £100k • Provide schools library service differently £30k Cheaper, better, different
    16. 16. Local Area Coordination Video
    17. 17. Savings from back office service Efficiency savings • Staff £2.479 million • Premises £298k • Transport £141k • Supplies and services £1.160 million Cheaper, better, different
    18. 18. What about Council Tax? For next year: 3% increase would generate £1.145 million Options to help fill the budget gap? An extra 1% generates an additional £382k An extra 2% generates an additional £764k
    19. 19. Council tax charges – MCC only Bands A B C D E F G H I Current 3% 4% 5% 2013/14 increase increase increase 669.13 20.07 26.77 33.46 780.65 23.42 31.23 39.03 892.17 26.77 35.69 44.61 1003.69 30.11 40.15 50.18 1226.73 36.80 49.07 61.34 1449.77 43.49 57.99 72.49 1672.82 50.18 66.91 83.64 2007.38 60.22 80.30 100.37 2341.94 70.26 93.68 117.10
    20. 20. What does all this really mean? • We have worked hard to minimise the impact on services • We still have a long way to go • We have no option – Council Tax will go up • We still need your help and ideas – it’s the only way we can succeed
    21. 21. Questions • Views on council tax levels • What do you think about the proposals? • Any other issues, anything missing?
    22. 22. Important dates • More events around the county this month • 31st January - consultation ends • 12th February- final budget proposals to cabinet • 27th February - Council Tax set at full council

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