Venue: Multi-Location Meeting - Council Chamber, Port Talbot and Microsoft Teams
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Chair welcomed the Committee.
Declarations of Interests
To select appropriate items from the Cabinet agenda for pre-decision
scrutiny (cabinet reports enclosed for Scrutiny Members)
Committee chose to scrutinise the following item on the Cabinet agenda:
Budget Proposals for Consultation
were provided with information in relation to the sought approval to consult on
the draft budget proposals for 2023/24 from Cabinet. It was noted that due to
the timing of the provisional local government settlement, a short consultation
would take place up until the 10th February 2023. Responses following the
consultation would be reviewed prior to presenting a final budget for 2023/24
at Cabinet and Council on 1st and 2nd March respectively, as detailed within
the circulated report.
queried officers in relation to the following points as detailed within the
It was queried whether the 2.8 Million Renewable Energy Transition Fund
was specifically for renewable energy or whether this fund would cover other
areas. Officers explained that the proposal was to put aside 2.8 million as we
need to reach a net zero target over the next 7 years. It was noted that if
this proposal were to be accepted then members would receive further reports in
relation to any utilisation of that fund.
It was noted that within the risk register, waste delivery was marked as
a high risk due to fuel inflation costs. Members asked what mitigating measures
were being utilised to support this. Officers explained that fuel had decreased
following this risk being highlighted therefore there is no proposal to amend
waste delivery. Members asked that this risk be amended to reflect this within
the risk register.
Members discussed the impact of the pay award. Members required
assurance around the proposal of the schools Pay award. It was noted that
within this year’s budget it was agreed that the gap of 4% would be paid. For
the proposal detailed within next year’s budget it was discussed that the full
5% would be provided through School reserves.
Officers discussed the proposal around the saving costs of Cleaning
within schools. It was noted that the proposal was to cut the subsidy for school
cleaning as it was felt that this was a responsibility for the schools
themselves to cover.
It was noted that an analysis was being produced to provide detail
around the schools that may have difficulty balancing budgets with upcoming
budget pressures resulting in them being in a potential deficit. Members asked
that the analysis be circulated once completed.
· Members highlighted their frustration around the lateness of the consultation document being circulated in a timely manner. Officers apologised for any inconvenience however, explained that the document that would be presented to the public would be the main budget report that was attached. It was also noted that they would maximise public engagement to maximise consultation responses. It was clear during the discussion that members felt the importance of ensuring that the report was clear to ensure the public had a clear understanding of the outcomes of the budget proposals. Therefore officers also ensured that they would provide explanatory notes with the budget document when it is taken ... view the full minutes text for item 3.