“Throughout the last quarter of the financial year we have seen continued successes in working towards a more prosperous county where more people are living independently.
Staffordshire has had near full employment for some time now with our claimant count below both regional and national averages. Our efforts are now focused on the creation of higher value jobs. We are also working with our partners to support the growth of much-needed housebuilding throughout the county with planned infrastructure developments.
Work to improve health and independent living for Staffordshire residents goes on and we have focused efforts on preventing people from going into hospital if not absolutely necessary. We are also doing more to ensure our young people are in a family environment whilst improving the lives of care leavers.
It remains priority to people that Staffordshire is a safe place to live and initiatives like our trading standards’ responsible knife sales operation helps to provide reassurance.”
Philip Atkins, Leader of the County Council.
“As we reach the end of the current financial year we have seen a reduction in our forecast overspend thanks to continued careful management throughout 2017/18.
Our latest forecast outturn for quarter four shows a £2m overspend which represents just 0.4 per cent of our overall budget. This compares to the quarter three forecast of £4.6million.
We have continued to drive efficiencies which have included working smarter across the organisation and rationalising our property portfolio whilst investing where it matters to secure long-term economic growth.
Like councils across the country, our main pressures come from adult social care and looked after children. Measures to address such pressures include increased ‘edge of care’ services to help children to remain in and return to the care of their families.”
Mike Sutherland, Cabinet Member for Finance
Reasons for the Decision – To provide Cabinet with an overview of the county council’s performance (including the delivery of the Medium Term Financial Strategy) and the progress being made in delivering the three priority outcomes –
· The people of Staffordshire will be able to access more good jobs and feel the benefits of economic growth.
· The people of Staffordshire will be healthier and more independent.
· The people of Staffordshire will feel safer, happier and more supported in and by their Community.
Decision – (a) That the Fourth Quarter Budget Monitoring Report 2017/18 be received and the finance position be noted.
(b) That the Quarter 4 Performance Report January – March 2018 be received.