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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room 5, Guildhall, Swansea. View directions

Contact: Scrutiny 636292 

No. Item


Disclosure of Personal and Prejudicial Interests.


·         None


Notes, Conveners Letter and Response pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To approve & sign the Notes of the previous meeting(s) as a correct record.

Additional documents:


·         Approved, some print/format issues on one page - feedback


Public Questions


·         None


Quarter 2 2018/19 Performance Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 152 KB

·         Richard Rowlands – Corporate Performance Report

Additional documents:


  • Summary chart – 64% of indicators met and 53% showing improvement compared to Q2 last year.



  • AS8 historical data shows a declining trend since Q4 16/17, second lowest since records going back to 2016/17.
  • AS9 first quarter showing improvement (compared to Q1) since 16/17
  • CFS18 increased number of looked after children – highest since records 16/17, 14% increase since the same time last year
  • CFS19/20 both improving trends



  • Majority of indicators have improved their target
  • BBMA4 new PI, below the number of starts for the same period as last year
  • Q2 primary school attendance figure lowest Q2 figure since records 2014/15.


Tackling Poverty

  • Improved time of processing new Housing and Council Tax Benefit claims but HBCT101B (time to process Housing benefit changes in circumstances) still high against historical data


Transformation and Future Council

  • CHR002 staff sickness has the highest Q2 result since records 2015/16 (CMT changed sickness target to make it more realistic)
  • FINA6 there are risks in relation to balancing the budget



Sustainable Swansea - Fit For The Future: Budget Proposals 2019/20 – 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

·         Ben Smith - Head of Financial Services & Service Centre


Additional documents:


·         The budget is out for consultation at present

·         There is 1.5m extra revenue and some extra benefits on capital

·         Teachers pay award is still a pressure

·         Some concerns around teachers’ pension funding

·         The overspend is still ‘sticky’

·         General reserves are at the minimum considered safe

·         Departments will have to meet some of their own costs

·         Overspending risks are material

·         Budget scrutiny set for 12th February 2019

·         Long term costs of capital financing will continue to grow

·         Total known pressures will increase

·         Still awaiting amount of money for social services announced by Chancellor

·         Split money between NHS and local authorities

·         Important to recognise the consequences of continuing austerity on the future purpose and shape of local authorities - substantial

·         Need to look at how we maintain core services

·         Need more clarity on how we get to a sustainable budget

·         Savings should be realistic and achievable




Work Plan 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 67 KB


·         Discussed remainder of work plan

·         Budget meetings next

Letter to Cabinet Member pdf icon PDF 244 KB

Response from Cabinet Member pdf icon PDF 494 KB


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