Decision details

First Quarter Budget Monitoring Report 2017/18

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To update Cabinet with the first quarter progress against the 2017/18 budget.


Philip Atkins


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“The county council continues to focus on growing the economy and investing in what is important for Staffordshire families, including improving roads, creating schools and ensuring people have the skills to share in this prosperity. In this first quarter we also confirmed an extra £5 million will be spent tackling the historic backlog of lower category potholes in the county.


Philip Atkins, Leader of the County Council.


“Funding adult social care for an increasing ageing population continues to be a huge challenge and this year we will be spending a record £300m on the care of the elderly, supporting people with learning disabilities and looking after children in our care.


Robust financial management is absolutely key if we are able to protect services and balance the books. By taking proactive steps to address financial pressures we are managing the potential overspend, which at £8.6m equates to 1.7 per cent of overall budget.”


Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategy, Finance and Corporate Issues


Reasons for the Decision – To inform the Cabinet of the financial position of the county council (including the delivery of the Medium Term Financial Strategy) at the end of the first quarter 2017/18.



Decision – (a) That the first quarter finance position be noted.


(b) That the allocation of £0.504m from the contingency budget to support the costs of the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017/18 be agreed.


(c) That the additional investment of £5m for repairing potholes, to be funded from borrowing, be approved.  (The revenue implications of this approval are to be included in the 2018/19 MTFS process).


(d) That the progress made in the Capital Receipts Programme and the revision to the County Farms Strategy be noted.

Report author: Nicola Lycett

Publication date: 20/07/2017

Date of decision: 19/07/2017

Decided at meeting: 19/07/2017 - Cabinet

Effective from: 26/07/2017

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