'Bradford Council spending £3.7m less than budgeted for'

'Bradford Council spending £3.7m less than budgeted for'

'Bradford Council spending £3.7m less than budgeted for'

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

Bradford Council will have spent £3.7 million less than it budgeted at the end of this financial year, its latest forecast suggests.

Predicted underspendings in the overall budget of £454.4 million budget, include £2.2 million in the regeneration and culture department and £1.9 million in children’s services.

The figures have been revealed as the Council released its third quarter financial statement for 2013-14 – during which it had to make £28.5 million of savings compared to the previous 112 months.

But, despite the underspendings, the report shows the authority still faces huge financial pressures, as income from leisure centres, school dinners and theatres declines.

The corporate overview and scrutiny committee will be told on Thursday that the underspendings include £600,000 of wages that were not paid due to vacancies in the children’s service “access and Inclusion” service and an £200,000 from the youth offending team staff.

A vacancy in the role of assistant director for waste services has saved the taxpayer £100,000 in 2013-14.

The Council also saw an unexpected boost in the amount of Council Tax it generated – £2.8 million more than it predicted at the start of the financial year.

The report says this is down to a number of people having to pay Council Tax for the first time has increased, partly because of the Government replacing Council Tax Benefit with Council Tax Reduction. Although the report shows the Council has more money to use in the coming year, it adds: “There is a high risk that a number of services pressures are recurring.

“These either need to be managed out, or compensated for in the future.”

These pressures include an increase of almost £3m in what the Council has to pay for adult home support because of a rising number of users and £1.9m in extra costs due to the increase in adults entering residential homes.

There is a £600,000 shortfall in income from school catering and £200,000 reduction in income from sports facilities.

The committee will also hear ways the Council aims to increase income in under pressure areas in the next few years. Sports centres face a hit, with Nab Wood Sports Centre suffering from “local competition with better facilities” and income at both Keighley and Manningham Leisure Centres falling in the past year.

The Council proposes to “review the sports sessions offered to re-align that to the customer demand” as well as increase income from gym and football facility hire.

Income from the district’s theatres is also down, and the Council blames a reduction in demand and “customers being more selective.”

The committee meets at City Hall from 5pm on Thursday.

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8:12am Fri 28 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Yet they refused a £1.7m grant for freezing council tax deciding to charge the public a rise to bring in £2.2m, only £500k more.
Why aren't questions been asked to how this decision was made?
Yet they refused a £1.7m grant for freezing council tax deciding to charge the public a rise to bring in £2.2m, only £500k more. Why aren't questions been asked to how this decision was made? Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 7

8:28am Fri 28 Feb 14

collos25 says...

Purely for political reasons,I wonder if the tax payer will ever see again the 200k given to a director of BBs I wonder how many more of these deals have gone on.In a correct running of the cities finances there would be no increases in any tax but we as tax payers will never see this happen .
Purely for political reasons,I wonder if the tax payer will ever see again the 200k given to a director of BBs I wonder how many more of these deals have gone on.In a correct running of the cities finances there would be no increases in any tax but we as tax payers will never see this happen . collos25
  • Score: 8

10:34am Fri 28 Feb 14

Albion. says...

Well it shows it CAN be done.
Well it shows it CAN be done. Albion.
  • Score: 3

2:28pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Bantambhoy says...

They've found £3.6m to save PCSO jobs in a later story?
They've found £3.6m to save PCSO jobs in a later story? Bantambhoy
  • Score: 1

6:16pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Whatthejuice says...

£100,000 for an assistant! That they obviously do not need. The whole management of the budget seems to be amateurish. I have no faith or trust in this administration, lumbering from one disaster or problem all the time.
£100,000 for an assistant! That they obviously do not need. The whole management of the budget seems to be amateurish. I have no faith or trust in this administration, lumbering from one disaster or problem all the time. Whatthejuice
  • Score: 2

7:33pm Fri 28 Feb 14

steve10 says...

They have not had to pay very much for road salt this year that's for sure
They have not had to pay very much for road salt this year that's for sure steve10
  • Score: 5

8:45pm Fri 28 Feb 14

micela22 says...

losing money at theatres???? why not sell tickets for same day performance at lower price: it works in New York, London & Manchester, generates income - travel, parking, drinks, food & saves `empty` seats, maybe too forward thinking for Bradford Council
losing money at theatres???? why not sell tickets for same day performance at lower price: it works in New York, London & Manchester, generates income - travel, parking, drinks, food & saves `empty` seats, maybe too forward thinking for Bradford Council micela22
  • Score: 0

9:45pm Fri 28 Feb 14

BertSanders says...

Bradford is multi million business -they now know they have a surplus and may well use it - perhaps the audit is recent. Thats why thet have highly paid staff -its not a shop where you have a reasonable idea of of how you are going weekly or even daily. It is less than 1% of budget!
There is plenty to grumble about at the Council but this is a least good news on the right side.
Bradford is multi million business -they now know they have a surplus and may well use it - perhaps the audit is recent. Thats why thet have highly paid staff -its not a shop where you have a reasonable idea of of how you are going weekly or even daily. It is less than 1% of budget! There is plenty to grumble about at the Council but this is a least good news on the right side. BertSanders
  • Score: 0

7:55am Sat 1 Mar 14

Whatthejuice says...

BertSanders wrote:
Bradford is multi million business -they now know they have a surplus and may well use it - perhaps the audit is recent. Thats why thet have highly paid staff -its not a shop where you have a reasonable idea of of how you are going weekly or even daily. It is less than 1% of budget!
There is plenty to grumble about at the Council but this is a least good news on the right side.
I'd like to see the council run a shop in the town centre,bet it wouldn't last long!
[quote][p][bold]BertSanders[/bold] wrote: Bradford is multi million business -they now know they have a surplus and may well use it - perhaps the audit is recent. Thats why thet have highly paid staff -its not a shop where you have a reasonable idea of of how you are going weekly or even daily. It is less than 1% of budget! There is plenty to grumble about at the Council but this is a least good news on the right side.[/p][/quote]I'd like to see the council run a shop in the town centre,bet it wouldn't last long! Whatthejuice
  • Score: 1

7:57am Sat 1 Mar 14

G_Firth says...

How on earth is underspending £1.9 million in children’s services a good thing and where exactly has it been underspent.
Why on earth is it always the most vulnerable that have to suffer.
If this council did away or just put on hold for now all the vanity projects it would save over 70m overnight.
Now is not the time for Vanity projects we just can not afford to put vanity over the well being of the most vulnerable and essential services.
How on earth is underspending £1.9 million in children’s services a good thing and where exactly has it been underspent. Why on earth is it always the most vulnerable that have to suffer. If this council did away or just put on hold for now all the vanity projects it would save over 70m overnight. Now is not the time for Vanity projects we just can not afford to put vanity over the well being of the most vulnerable and essential services. G_Firth
  • Score: 2

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