Cllr Andrew Johnson, Cabinet Member Resources,
introduced the report and invited panel members feedback on the
budget proposals. The Cabinet Member advised the panel that there
had been a good attendance at public meeting events arranged by the
Council to explain the budget savings proposals. The Chair advised
the panel that comments on proposals would be collated and sent to
Scrutiny Board. The panel discussion on the budget proposals are
Colin Parr, Head of Governance, explained that
the £50,000 savings would be achieved by deleting unfilled
held vacancies. The savings target of £250,000 for 2018/19 is
an indicative figure.
The Head of Governance explained how the
savings target would be achieved and referred to the use of Agresso
as example of savings that could be achieved as a result of
introducing changes in current working practices.
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The Cabinet Member for Resources explained how
the savings target would be achieved by entering into a partnership
with a recruitment agency that would help generate savings. The
panel queried the rationale for the Council wanting to involve an
external agency which would be reduce the current level of income.
The Cabinet Member explained that in order to grow the business the
Director of Finance would be required to dedicate more time to
manage the project and the view of the Council was that this would
not be appropiate. The Cabinet Member for Resources explained that
the Council would retain control of the project and determine its
future direction. The project would retain its public sector ethos.
The Cabinet Member for Resources commented that the aim of the
planned change is to make the service attractive to external
companies. The Cabinet Member for Resources explained how future
risks would be managed to ensure that the Council is guaranteed to
receive an agreed level of income.
Review of External
The Head of Governance explained that Council
incurs considerable costs in dealing with admission appeals on
behalf of schools, particularly when hearings do not go ahead as
In addition, the increasing number of appeals
has added to the demand on staff resources. The Head of Governance
explained that changes will be made to the current service level
agreement and that work will be done to look at the feasibility of
offering the appeal service to schools outside Wolverhampton who
may be interested in buying the service.
The panel discussed the risk of schools
choosing to buy in appeal services from another provider. The Head
of Governance explained that there would be market testing work
done to check that the fees cover the costs involved providing the
The panel discussed the Council’s
approach to budget management and forecasting. The Cabinet Member
for Resources explained that rationale underpinning the budgetary
assumptions detailed in the report. The Director of Finance
explained that the work had been informed by ...
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