We will find out later if York is sticking to its budget
5:57am 4th September 2012
(Updated 6:06am 4th September 2012)
We will find out later if York is sticking to its budget.
The cabinet will review the council’s performance so far this year.
It's claimed that the city maintains its position as the most stable economy in the region, by creating jobs and trying new things.
City of York Council Statement:
Cabinet reviews council performance so far in 2012
Cabinet Members are being asked to consider the council's performance against the Council Plan priorities and in-year budget, in the period 1 April 2012 to 30 June 2012, at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 4 September.
The council has achieved strong performance against its key priorities to; Create jobs and grow the economy; Get York moving; Build strong communities; Protect vulnerable people; and Protect the environment.
York maintains its position as the most stable economy in the region. To cement this position, the council put the city at the heart of the recent Leeds City Deal, which will enable greater local control over transport funding and bringing forward key infrastructure projects. Now an associate member of the Association of West Yorkshire Authorities (AWYA), the city is positioned for even greater influence in the Leeds City Region agenda in future.
The city has supported 400 apprenticeships in 2012/13 and NEET levels continue to sit well below regional and national averages. The report also details York's position in the top three cities for workforce skills across 64 measured cities.
The report highlights a recent Ofsted inspection acknowledging the huge strength of York's children's services and outstanding partnership working supporting this. York is a national leader in education provision with the city's children achieving excellent results at A-levels and GCSE's again this year.
Through partnership working, the city has seen an 8% reduction in crime and satisfaction rates for housing tenants has increased to 88.5%, which led the council to being nominated as LA Landlord of the Year at the UK Housing Awards 2012.
In addition to these achievements, the report details the council's £40 million savings programme over the last three years. It highlights the current financial in-year pressure of £5.9 million for the council in 2012/13, created mainly through increased demand for adults and children's services. However, the report reaffirms the council's commitment to work to mitigate these pressures to ensure that budgets are met.
The report outlines current and expected future challenges for the council such as; changes to the welfare benefit system creating an increased demand for support, particularly with debt advice; increased demand for adult care services, as the city sees an a rise in the over 85's of 30%; continued pressure to improve services such as education and social care within this financial climate; and additional responsibilities in moving towards managing the public health agenda, through the delivery of the city's new health and wellbeing strategy.
Council tax increases also remain lower than national price inflation which continues to be an issue for the council as the cost of energy and goods increases.
Ian Floyd, Director of Customer & Business Support Services, comments:
"Along with other local authorities York has experienced significant reductions in grant, and these along with increased cost pressures have required some £40 million of savings over the last 3 years.
"Achieving further savings, against increases in demand for services, is an increasingly difficult ask. However, we are working hard to ensure that the financial pressures we currently face are mitigated, to ensure that we remain within budget."
Cllr Julie Gunnell, cabinet member for Corporate Services for City of York Council adds:
"Despite budget cuts, achievements are still strong across the council. We have the most stable economy in the region, our workforce is in the top three most skilled cities in the north, our unemployment levels remain below regional and national levels, our children are attaining excellent results at A-levels and GCSE's, and we are still one of the safest cities in the UK."
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