A remarkable achievement

Yesterday at Suffolk County Council’s achievement cabinet meeting I presented the Quarter 2 outturn report, essentially it’s an assessment of the expenditure trends for the first 6 months (April to September) of the financial year showing just how the Council is managing within its overall limit of £484.8m for the year 2013/14. The projected outturn is £0.160m more than the approved budget, equivalent to 0.03% of the net budget.

As I said yesterday in my introduction to the paper such a performance is a testament to the staff to be able to do this, particularly at the same time as we been required by central government to make significant savings in the past 3 previous years and will continue to have to do even more over the next 4 years.

In this current year we are asking the staff and our partner organisations to make savings of £24.9m, this being the third tranche of a savings programme of about £100m since the Comprehensive Spending Review in 2010 told us just how much less money the Government would be providing to local Councils through formula grant funding.

At the same time we have not allowed the County’s Council Tax to rise at all for the last 3 years and we will keep to our election promise to freeze it for the next 4 years, good news for the hard-earned monies we have to cope with the other rising costs of life.

Over the same period we have to make further savings of £156m. A real challenge lies ahead about how to protect the front line services that the most vulnerable in our community rely on, on a daily basis, cope with less funding and freezing the council tax, but I know the Conservative controlled County Council is up for that challenge as demonstrated by the great mid-year figures yesterday.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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