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Poole Council. MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMERCE & INDUSTRY. Budget & Council Tax Setting 2014/15. Cllr Elaine Atkinson Leader of the Council . Agenda. Background – A new budget process Background – Peer Review National Context – Why Austerity Needed

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poole council

Poole Council

MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS

AND COMMERCE & INDUSTRY

Budget & Council Tax Setting 2014/15

Cllr Elaine Atkinson

Leader of the Council

agenda
Agenda
  • Background – A new budget process
  • Background – Peer Review
  • National Context – Why Austerity Needed
  • National Context – 2015 Spending Review
  • Local Context – Where the money comes from
  • Local Context – Impact of Austerity on Poole
  • Local Context – Where the money goes
  • MTFP 2014 to 2018 (Part 1)
  • MTFP 2014 to 2018 (Part 2)
  • Next Steps
background new budget process
Background - New Budget Process
  • Budget process changed for 2014/15 onwards to reflect;
    • No Overall Control
    • Overview & Scrutiny of MTFP not adding enough value
  • Changes
    • Cross Party Budget Steering Group established
    • Efficiency & Effectiveness O&SC responsible for overall scrutiny of the budget
  • Other Overview & Scrutiny Committees
    • Consider significant changes in policy or service levels

(E&E OSC considered Business Case to deliver revenue & benefit services in partnership with 3 other authorities)

background lga peer review
Background - LGA Peer Review
  • Bill Roots previous CX & Director Finance at Westminster City Council undertook Financial health check, conclusions;
  • Poole has managed to avoid full impact squeeze so far
    • Careful financial planning, effective management, prudent resource assumptions, use reserves.
  • Options are running out
    • Decisions will become more contentious
  • Financial gap is enormous particularly authority Poole’s size
  • We need to develop outline options to bridge gap
  • Suggests Budget Steering Group takes more responsibility
    • “Star Chamber“ clearing house for difficult decisions that lay ahead
  • Emphasised that Council can by local decision (to a limited extent)change its resource base associated with Council Tax, the chances of changing the national grant allocation is remote in the extreme
national context why austerity needed
National Context – Why Austerity Needed

National Debt at the end of 2012 = £1,390,000,000,000

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Local Context – Impact of Austerity on Poole55% Cumulative annual reduction in core Government funding since 2010
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Local Context – Where the money goesMajority of resources spent on minority residents (vulnerable Adults & Children)
next steps
Next Steps
  • Continue Cross Party Budget Steering Group (Star Chamber) through January/February and beyond with particular emphasis on developing plans for 2015 onwards..
  • Relentless pursuit of Value For Money (VFM)
    • Even greater levels of efficiency & productivity
  • Bring forward detailed proposals on financial and non financial implications of a number of options that the Cross Party Budget Steering Group requested be further explored.
  • Prioritised support towards economic growth and job creation

Aim remains to improve quality of life whilst protecting the most vulnerable

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Questions…?

Elaine Atkinson e-mail: elaine.atkinson@poole.gov.uk