Performance and Financial Monitoring for 2018/19 - Quarter 1
- Meeting of Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Tuesday, 4th September, 2018 6.00 pm (Item 36.)
- View the background to item 36.
Coral Harding, Senior Continuous Improvement and Democratic Services Officer presented a report on the performance and financial monitoring for 2018/19 in quarter 1. She stated that the performance indicators for some topics had been changed so that they displayed more information.
Councillors raised a question about the figures in paragraph three of the report, and whether they were incorrect. The response was that there would be an amendment to the figures, in that Corporate Services Outturn should be £3.7 million, with the variant being £3679.
The committee asked about the reasons behind the variations in the report and requested some elaboration as to what they mean. Simon Hubbard, Director of Operational Services stated that the Quarter 1 figures are the projected view over the entire year. However, he stated that certain things are to be taken in to mind, such as high levels of homelessness affecting statistics such as the overspend of £97,000 for example on homelessness.
Social Lettings overspend £25,000
The Local Land charge register was shown to have an adverse variance of £31,000, which was down to the fact that private sector housing seems to be cheaper, whilst the Council prioritises reliability of housing, however it is unknown whether this trend will remain permanent.
It was stated furthermore that there was a £98,000 deficit on energy generation, as there has been delays on getting on-shore wind generation set up due to government policy, however the council was now looking in to getting photovoltaic cells.
He further stated that Democratic Services had an underspend of £17,000 whilst Internal Audit had an underspend of £16,000.
The group discussed performance indicators. It was stated that the street cleaning service had not accomplished the targets, but on the other hand, the bin collection target had been exceeded, with over 100 bin collections. Furthermore, the recycled household waste target had been achieved.
A discussion was had around the state of emergency placement, and it was suggested to perhaps invite colleagues from housing to talk on the matter. This had increased, as well as the amount of complex needs individuals in the town.
Jane Hartnell, Director of Corporate Services & Governance went on to speak about the targets for benefits claims being increased, and then that there had been a change of circumstance in regards to the work that the council was doing as an organisation.
She stated that a lot more generic working was taking place, which was different to how the organisation had operated before, but was worthwhile to provide resilience for vacancies and sickness absence.
1. That the committees comments on 2018/19 performance be addressed by the relevant Lead Member(s) with appropriate action and report back
2. That staff be thanked for their hard work and achievements
The reason for this recommendation was:
To assist the council to undertake performance management arrangements