(TAKE IN REPORT)
The report was introduced by Graham Smith, Group Accountant.
Councillor Wood noted that the new administration had inherited this budget however in his view the budget figure for placements has not been adequately serviced. He was pleased that the placement costs had been broken down in table 2 as the issue is mainly in the placements. He felt it was important to understand the principle of each of these units so they can be delivered at the best rate. This will continue to be monitored.
In response to a question from Councillor Brent, Mrs Newman, Deputy Director Children and Families Services said that in relation to the work that Newton Consultants undertook it was clear that Portsmouth is spending significantly less on children than other authorities, but still achieving good results. Portsmouth is one of the lower spending authorities in the UK. Councillor Wood said the council needed to be careful that the low spend does not drift into not spending enough and this would be a fine balance.
The Cabinet Member:
(1) Noted the Children and Families Portfolio financial outturn position for 2017/18 of £3.383m in excess of the approved cash limit position.
the current expectation that overspends represent a first call
against the following year cash limit allocation.
the ongoing budget pressures within the portfolio, as highlighted
in the report, and supports the ongoing process of budget review
and realignment designed to reduce the projected overspend position
within the area of Children's Social Care and
(4) Noted that the capital programme spending is line with the approved capital budget.