Councillors are to consider the latest revenue budget monitoring report up to the end of July 2013.
The report, to go before the Policy and Resources Committee on Thursday, September 19,, forecasts this year’s spending to be within budget by just over £2 million, which accounts for less than 0.5% of the council’s £519 million budget.
This means the council’s expenditure looks likely to be more closely aligned to the budget this year than the previous two financial years.
Work between the Housing and Social Work and Education, Learning and Leisure services to reduce the number of Out of Authority Placements being taken up has resulted in a £1.5 million saving for the council.
This has been achieved by keeping young people who have disabilities or complex needs in their local communities, where they receive care which is individually tailored to meet their needs, resulting in a better solution for young people and lower costs for the council.
Recruitment issues continue to be an issue affecting many services and a strategy is being developed to increase staffing levels.
The council continues to use the approach adopted in 2012, of managing resources from a service delivery point of view.