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Worcestershire County Council Budget 2014-15

How the money is spent – summary of gross expenditure, income and staffing

The planned costs of services are shown below. You can also view our budget leaflet for 2014-15 (PDF 836 KB)

2013-14

Net Exp

£m

Services

2014-15

Gross Exp

£m

2014-15

Income

£m

2014-15

Net Exp

£m

Council Tax for

A band D property

£m

Staffing

0.0

Schools budget

250.2

250.2

0.0

0.00

5,534

77.5

Children’s Services excluding schools

93.9

16.8

77.1

244.11

855

150.9

Adults & Public Health

218.6

73.0

145.6

461.09

1,275

11.0

Cultural & Community

21.3

11.7

9.6

30.40

289

35.7

Highways & public transport

36.7

3.3

33.4

105.68

376

25.5

Waste disposal

42.2

15.0

27.2

86.27

10

3.0

Planning & economic development

9.2

6.0

3.2

10.29

65

30.9

Net cost of council borrowing

30.6

0.2

30.4

96.29

-

6.5

Other services

20.7

15.1

5.6

17.70

708

-2.2

Council Tax Freeze Grant

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.00

-

-0.7

Council Tax Transition Support Grant

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.00

-

338.1

Total cost of services

723.4

391.3

332.1

1,051.83

9,112

-2.2

Use of general reserve

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.00

-

-1.1

Addition to or use of earmarked reserves

2.3

0.0

2.3

7.39

-

334.8

Net budget requirement

725.7

391.3

334.4

1,059.22

9,112

Funded by:

0.6

Council Tax Surplus

1.8

195.4

Amount to be met by Council Tax payer

203.9

196.0

Council Tax Requirement

205.7

55.4

Business Rates

56.6

83.4

Revenue Support Grant

72.1

334.8

Total

334.4

 

Where the money comes from to pay for the 2014-15 Budget

This is the second year of the Business Rates Retention Scheme which enables more local control of income collected from business rates.  Since the introduction of this scheme in April 2013, the County area can keep up to 50% of the business rates growth collected in Worcestershire.  The Council continues to receive a Revenue Support Grant from Central Government and funding through specific grants.

Worcestershire’s funding from Government and through business rates in 2014-15 is £128.641 million or £227 per person, compared with the shire county average of £249 per person for comparable county councils (council's without responsibility for the Fire service).

We also receive other grants from the Government for specific purposes. The most significant is the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) that provides £232.0 million funding for mainstream schools and statutory functions in 2014-15 and can only be used for this purpose. 

The cost of providing our services in 2014-15, net of specific grants, is £332.1 million which, after transferring £2.3 million to earmarked reserves, leaves £334.4 million to be funded from business rates, Revenue Support Grant and local taxation.

Why spending has changed from 2013-14

The Council faces additional cost pressures in respect of inflation and increases in the demand for services such as the extra numbers of people needing social care.   Some inflationary costs experienced by local authorities are significantly higher than the general rate of inflation. 

The net budget requirement for 2014-15 has decreased by £6.6 million over last year, as shown in the following table.

 

£m

Net budget requirement 2013-14     334.8
Add back use of general balances in 2013-14 2.2
Add back use of earmarked reserves in 2013-14   1.1
Council Tax Freeze Grant 2013-14 funding adjustment 2.2
Council Tax Transition Grant 2013-14 funding adjustment 0.7
Revised starting position 2013-14 341.0
Inflation 7.3
Children's Social Care service pressures 4.0
Adult Social Care service pressures 3.0
Investment in road maintenance  0.5
Other  1.2
Future Fit Savings  -24.9
Transfer to earmarked reserves in 2014-15 2.3
Net budget requirement 2014-15 334.4

Council Tax

The council tax contribution towards our 2014-15 budget for a Band D property is £1,059.22, a rise of 1.94% or 39p per week from last year.  The following list shows how much you will pay for our services for each property band.

Band A  £706.15                                 Band E   £1,294.60
Band B  £823.84                                 Band F   £1,529.99
Band C  £941.53                                 Band G   £1,765.37
Band D  £1,059.22                              Band H   £2,118.44

Council tax is divided up across different bodies. View how other organisations will spend their council tax money in 2013/14:

Staffing

During 2014-15 we expect to employ the equivalent of 9,112 full-time staff. This includes a decrease in school-based staff due to the transfer of school academies, and the planned reduction in staff numbers as part of the Council’s efficiency measures.


Capital Investment

We plan to invest £150 million during 2014-15 in capital projects such as building and refurbishing schools, improvements to roads and infrastructure, provision of funding for an Energy from Waste project, flood mitigation measures and the provision of Super Fast Broadband.

Borrowing

We borrow money to pay for some of our capital investment. The total borrowing at 31 March 2014 is estimated to be £240 million.

General Balances

We plan to keep a general reserve of around £12.9 million to pay for emergencies and other unforeseen expenditure.

Environment Agency Midlands Region

The Environment Agency, as a levying body for its flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) functions, provides the following information.

FCERM money is spent on flood defence schemes, maintenance of the river system, a flood warning system and coastal erosion risk management.

  Severn and Trent and Coastal Regional Flood Committees
  2013/14
'000s
2014/15
'000s
Gross Expenditure £44,866 £47,098
Levies Raised £3,000 £3,000
Total Council Tax Base 2,499 2,543

Changes in the Gross Budgeted expenditure between the years reflects the impact of the Government Spending Review and national prioritisation of capital projects.  For 2014/15 Grant Aided Expenditure is included on all Risk Management Authority Programs. The total Local Levy raised has increased by 0%.

The local flood defence levy included in the County Council's budget for 2014/15 is £0.2m (2013/14 £0.2m).

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