William Eichler 16 August 2018

Unitary council stops all non-urgent spending in face of £2.8m overspend

Unitary council stops all non-urgent spending in face of £2.8m overspend image

Torbay Council has been forced to announce an ‘immediate moratorium’ on all non-urgent expenditure.

The council’s first quarter budget monitoring report has forecast an in-year overspend of more than £2.8m due to a ‘substantial increase’ in the number of looked-after children.

Chief executive Steve Parrock said the number of Children Looked After (CLA) has increased by 20% since November 2017 and 10% since the beginning of the financial year.

The council is now responsible for 357 children.

There are a number of other pressures on the council’s budget, including larger than expected numbers of agency staff in key services such as planning which are required to cover staff shortages.

‘In order to protect our reserves we have put in place the moratorium,’ said Mr Parrock.

‘This means that even if an activity or contract is budgeted for, it may be postponed or cancelled if it isn’t urgent or required to meet our statutory duties.

‘Every effort continues to be made to bring forward further efficiency savings and deliver our current transformation projects at pace.’

Mr Parrock stressed that Torbay Council has not run out of money or been forced to use reserves.

‘We have delivered the planned 'year on year' savings and made the necessary cuts as agreed in previous budgets,’ he said.

‘More difficult decisions will need to be made and we will continue to identify options, priorities and solutions to try to meet the expected future financial challenges.’

Participatory budgeting image

Participatory budgeting

Evgeny Barkov explains what participatory budgeting means and how it can reveal what citizens need.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Head of Looked After Children and Vulnerable Young People

Enfield London Borough Council
Up to £89,319
 This is an exciting opportunity to lead all the services that support Enfield’s children in care and care leavers. Enfield (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Enfield London Borough Council

Head of Communities

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
to £61,751 (pay award pending)
We are looking for an innovative and knowledgeable senior professional to join our leadership team with strong experience of working in communities... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Economic Development Officer (Town Centres)

North West Leicestershire District Council
Band F, £29,636 - £32,878 per annum
The Economic Development Officer (Town Centres) post forms part of the Council’s Business Focus team who provide help directly to businesses. Coalville, Leicestershire
Recuriter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Educational Psychologist

Camden London Borough Council
£44,131 - £53,34
The ideal candidates will have an excellent understanding of psychological frameworks and their application in... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Economic Development Officer

North West Leicestershire District Council
Band F, £29,636 - £32,878
Are you interested in a challenge and want to help shape the future of North West Leicestershire? Coalville, Leicestershire
Recuriter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue