Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To consider progress regarding the preparation
of the Strategic Plan
and to consider any recommendations from The Innovation and Efficiency Board and The Senior Leadership Team regarding the overall Budget Strategy and the detailed budget targets, including savings and investments options
“By focusing on what matters most to people in Staffordshire and finding new, more efficient and more effective ways of working, we have made a good start on the transformation of Staffordshire County Council and the county’s public sector to meet the needs of local people today and tomorrow.
However we know the job is nowhere near done. New challenges demand new thinking. We are working with residents, voluntary groups, partners and the private sector to find new ways to improve lives.
Our approach is about listening, creating the right conditions for Staffordshire’s people to flourish, and allowing people to get on with achieving their goals and aspirations.”
Philip Atkins, Leader of the Council
“Over the last 5 years we have made over £130m of savings whilst freezing council tax, invested in our economy to create more jobs, and worked closer with partners such as the NHS to make every pound of taxpayers’ money we spend have the most impact on our communities.
Further reductions in resources mean this work has to continue and we need to explore all opportunities. This will allow us to focus our efforts and limited resources on those who need us the most.”
Ian Parry, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Resources and Transformation.
Reasons for the Decision – To update Cabinet on the work to date in preparing the Strategic Plan (which will cover the period 2014 to 2018) and the Medium Term Financial Strategy (which provides details of how the Council’s operations will be funded over the period 2014 to 2019).
Alternative Options Considered – None
Decision – (a) That the progress made in developing the Strategic Plan 2014-18 be noted;
(b) That the financial outlook facing the county council be noted;
(c) That the work of the Innovation and Efficiency Board be noted;
(d) That the Innovation and Efficiency Board be requested to continue to work with services to identify additional savings needed to address the funding gap in 2014/15 and future years;
(e) That the Corporate Review Committee be requested to scrutinise the proposed pressures and savings against the principles of a good and balanced budget.
Report author: Rachel Spain
Publication date: 19/12/2013
Date of decision: 18/12/2013
Decided at meeting: 18/12/2013 - Cabinet
Effective from: 25/12/2013