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Has the council in York saved the 4.3 million it needed to?

York city council

12:01am 6th September 2011

City of York Council's Cabinet will receive an update on the authority's budget position at the end of the first quarter of the year tonight (6th September 2011).

The council's overall General Fund budget for 2011-12 is £123.9m, with early financial pressures of £4.3m being reported for the first three months of the financial year.

The pressure quoted is similar to that forecast in previous years, but follows one of the most challenging budget rounds in the council's history, with over £21m saving having to be made in the 2011/12 budget.

Pressures include an increase in the number of Looked After Children (children and young people in the care of the council), an increasing demand for Independent Residential and Nursing Care, and some delays in realising savings agreed as part of the 2011/12 budget.

Work to mitigate the pressures is already ongoing with council teams holding onto vacancies where it will not significantly impact on front line service delivery, and reviewing work programmes to see where spending can be reduced or delayed.

Ian Floyd, director of Customer and Business Support Services, City of York Council, said:

"The last budget was one of the toughest in the council's history, but we are committed to working within the budget parameters and we will be working with service providers to ensure that we can continue to provide high quality, value for money services on budget.

"The council's finance teams will be working with Service Managers to ensure that savings are made within directorates to mitigate forecast over-spends in other areas."

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