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Section 151 Officer Update on the Financial Position of the Council – December 2023
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Urgent Decision - Not in Forward Plan
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Report of Director, Finance and S151 Officer (Interim)

Implementation Date (not before meeting on)
Tue 12 Dec 2023
To review service modification savings ideas for the 2023/24 financial year and seek Cabinet approval to enable these savings to be implemented.
Key Portfolio
OLD - Finance and Resources
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Chief Officer Decision Maker
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Reason For Key Decision

As part of the Council’s work on the Financial Recovery Plan, a range of savings for the current financial year (2023/24) have been developed.

In some cases, these savings involve service modification. As a result, the Monitoring Officer has determined that these savings require Cabinet review and approval

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Decision Outcome

On 12 December 2023, Cabinet:-


(i) Noted the update on the 2023/24 financial position;


(ii) Noted the current status of budget setting for the 2024/25 and 2025/26 financial years;


(iii) Delegated authority to the Corporate Leadership Team (CLT) to complete all preparatory work necessary to deliver the savings programme for the 2024/25 financial year. This is to include, but is not limited to, commencement of employment consultation, developing detail for the delivery of the proposed savings, and engaging with the public, stakeholders and

service users; This is with the acknowledgement that the proposed savings are subject to consideration as part of the Council Tax setting process, due to be presented to Cabinet on 13th February 2024 and City Council on 27th February 2024;


(iv) Approved the increase in garden waste charges from £50 to £60, with effect from 1st January 2024;


(v) Noted that the Chief Executive, as Head of Paid Service, will be issuing necessary statutory and non-statutory employment consultation in respect to the staffing implications of savings proposals for the 2024/25 financial year. This will include the issuance of Section 188 Notices under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992;


(vi) Approved the creation of a ‘Cabinet Committee – Property’ in order to expedite asset sales to support the delivery of the Council-wide strategy for the 2024/25 financial year, with the terms of reference set out in paragraphs 3.39 to 3.45 below;


(vii) Delegated authority to the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive, together with the Section 151 Officer, to submit a formal written request to the DLUHC for EFS to allow the Council to deliver a balanced budget for the 2024/25 financial year, as set out in paragraph 3.26, to include:


(a) Permission to increase the Council Tax level above the referendum limit, and to support this, the Council will review and revise the Council Tax Support Scheme to offset the potential impact to citizens;


(b) A formal application for a Capitalisation Direction (figure to be confirmed) and ‘minded to’ letter to cover the Equal Pay accounting liability, the costs involved in the redundancy scheme, and support to deliver a balanced budget for the 2024/25 financial year.





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Acocks Green; Allens Cross; Alum Rock; Aston; Balsall Heath West; Bartley Green; Billesley; Birchfield; Bordesely & Highgate; Bordesely Green; Bournbrook & Selly Park; Bournville & Cotteridge; Brandwood & Kings Heath; Bromford & Hodge Hill; Castle Vale; Druids Heath & Monyhull; Edgbaston; Erdington; Frankley Great Park; Garretts Green; Glebe Farm & Tile Cross; Gravelly Hill; Hall Green North; Hall Green South; Handsworth; Handsworth Wood; Harborne; Heartlands; Highter's Heath; Holyhead; Kings Norton North; Kings Norton South; Kingstanding; Ladywood; Longbridge & West Heath; Lozells; Moseley; Nechells; Newtown; North Edgbaston; Northfield; Oscott; Perry Barr; Perry Common; Pype Hayes; Quinton; Rubery & Rednall; Shard End; Sheldon; Small Heath; Soho & Jewellery Quarter; South Yardley; Sparkbrook & Balsall Heath East; Sparkhill; Stirchley; Stockland Green; Sutton Four Oaks; Sutton Mere Green; Sutton Reddicap; Sutton Roughley; Sutton Trinity; Sutton Vesey; Sutton Walmley & Minworth; Sutton Wylde Green; Tyseley & Hay Mills; Ward End; Weoley & Selly Oak; Yardley East; Yardley West & Stechford


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Decision History

Date & Time CreatedUser Full NameStatus DescriptionDetails
 Page 1 of 10, items 1 to 10 of 91.
07/11/2023 15:47:07Freya LaneBusiness Item Created 
07/11/2023 15:47:07Freya LaneCommittee AddedCabinet
07/11/2023 15:47:07Freya LaneMeeting Added16/01/2024 10:00AM
07/11/2023 15:47:41Freya LaneWard AddedAcocks Green
07/11/2023 15:47:41Freya LaneWard AddedAllens Cross
07/11/2023 15:47:41Freya LaneWard AddedAlum Rock
07/11/2023 15:47:41Freya LaneWard AddedAston
07/11/2023 15:47:41Freya LaneWard AddedBalsall Heath West
07/11/2023 15:47:41Freya LaneWard AddedBartley Green
07/11/2023 15:47:41Freya LaneWard AddedBillesley


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