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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 10/11/2003
DRAFT REVENUE ESTIMATES 2004/2005



Summary & Purpose
The purpose of this report is to seek this Committee’s views on the draft Revenue Estimates for the services within its remit.

Quality of Life Implications
Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe Communities
Local Economy
Natural
Resource Use
Pollution
Prevention and Control
Biodiversity
and Nature
Local
Environment
Social
Inclusion
Safe, Healthy
and Active
Communities
Local
Economy
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive


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APPENDIX C

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
10TH NOVEMBER 2003


Title:
DRAFT REVENUE ESTIMATES 2004/2005

[Wards Affected: N/A]

Summary and Purpose

The purpose of this report is to seek this Committee’s views on the draft Revenue Estimates for the services within its remit.


Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe, Healthy and Active Communities
Local Economy
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive

E-Government implications:

There are no E-Government implications.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no specific legal implications as a result of this report. Resource implications are contained throughout the report.

Introduction

1. At the commencement of the 2004/2005 Budget process, Members were invited to attend a seminar that was held at the Cranleigh Arts Centre on 22nd September 2003. Items covered included an update of Waverley’s Financial Strategy, which showed that revenue reductions in excess of 900,000 were likely to be required for 2004/2005 after allowing for growth of 400,000 arising from New Legislation.

2. Subsequent to this meeting, the Executive has agreed to increase some car park charges with effect from 1st December 2003. The full-year effect is estimated to be approximately 300,000 and this is allowed for in the draft estimates. Further variation items to those identified at the Finance Seminar have been put forward for consideration as part of the Budget process. As a result of these factors the latest position is that the overall draft estimates now show reductions of some 800,000 to be required in order to restrict the increase in Council Tax. These reductions could include some further use of balances, the generation of additional income, or the removal of growth items, as well as reducing existing expenditure.

2004/2005 Draft Revenue Estimates

3. A copy of the draft Revenue Estimates for 2004/2005 covering services within the remit of this Committee, including proposals for variations to the base-level Revenue Estimates, is attached. The Environment Portfolio services are contained at Annexe 1, the Leisure Portfolio services are contained at Annexe 2 and the Planning Portfolio at Annexe 3.

4. Growth items are identified as variations to the base estimates and are shown on pages 1a or b for each portfolio. The Committee is asked to give special consideration to these items, particularly in the context of the overall budget situation.

5. Applications for grants under the Sponsored Organisation Scheme for 2004/2005 have been received and the consideration of these will be the subject of a separate report to the next meeting of this Committee. At this stage, the detailed estimates for 2004/2005 relating to each organisation have been left blank. However, a global figure based on existing amounts has been included within each portfolio summary in order to show the overall budget situation.

Potential Reductions

6. The Chief Officer Group have examined the draft Revenue Estimates in detail in order to identify opportunities where estimated expenditure may be reduced or where income may be increased. In some areas minor adjustments to the estimates have already been made and further proposals will be presented to the Executive on 2nd December.

Fees and Charges

7. It is the Council’s practice to review its fees and charges each year with effect from the forthcoming 1st April. Planning and Building Control fees are largely determined by statutory Government guidelines. Car Park charges were agreed by the Executive on 30th September 2003. In other areas, increases in charges in line with delegated authority have been allowed for within the draft Estimates. However, in some areas it may be necessary to recommend further increases and these will be subject to consideration by the Executive on 2nd December 2003 and during the subsequent Committee cycle.

Conclusion

8. The views of this Committee will be reported to the Executive Committee on 2nd December 2003 when it will give initial consideration to the draft Budget for 2004/2005. This consideration will include proposals to restrict expenditure levels in line with the Financial Strategy. The precise amount of the required reduction will not be known until the Government’s provisional Revenue Support Grant Settlement for 2004/2005 is announced at the end of November. A Council meeting will be held on 16th December 2003. The Executive and Overview and Scrutiny Committees will give further consideration to the Budget in January and February with the final decisions being made at Council on 17th February 2004.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Committee inform the Executive of its views on the draft Revenue Estimates for the services within its remit.


Background Papers (DofF)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.


CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Mr B Long Telephone: 01483 523253
E-mail: blong@waverley.gov.uk

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