Decision details

Integrated Performance Report - Quarter 4, 2023/24

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

This quarterly Integrated Performance Report provides an overview of Staffordshire County Council’s progress and performance in delivering against our Strategic Plan and Corporate Delivery Plan, and our financial position in relation to our Medium Term Financial Strategy.

Decisions:

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“We continue to deliver on our priorities, including creating the right conditions for our economy to grow and supporting those in our communities who need our help the most. 

 

Local businesses continue to get the help they need to start up and grow and our ‘We are Staffordshire’ brand is successfully raising the profile of the county as a great place to live, work in and invest. Our work in tackling the effects of climate change is ongoing, including the highly successful Staffordshire Warmer Homes Scheme which is delivering energy improvements to hundreds of homes across the county.  

 

We still face challenges in both adult social care where demand is high and in children’s services with rising costs and ongoing placement pressures despite a further reduction in the number of children in care. Demand for Education, Health and Care plans for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities also remain high.  

  

Despite facing rising costs and inflationary pressures we continue to deliver a balanced budget and will invest to keep growing the county in a sustainable way, to make a positive difference in the lives of our residents. We continue to find new, better, and lower cost ways of delivering services and achieving results.” 

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Alan White, Leader of the Council? 

“We continue to make significant progress across the organisation during the final quarter and departments are delivering on their priorities. 

 

Rising costs across the organisation and levels of demand and complexity of needs remain challenging, particularly in children’s and families services and in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities where transport costs are rising significantly.  

 

The latest revenue forecast outturn shows a forecast overspend of £4.0m (0.58%), compared to the Quarter 3 forecast overspend of £5.4m (0.9%). Like most local authorities, we still face financial challenges, but we are a well-run council and continue to live within our means, deliver value for money for taxpayers, whilst improving the services we deliver to our customers”.? 

Ian Parry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources? 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider an overview of Staffordshire County Council’s progress, performance, and financial position in delivering against its Strategic Plan, Delivery Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS)? 

Decision – That the report be received.? 

Report author: Lauren McMahon

Publication date: 18/04/2024

Date of decision: 17/04/2024

Decided at meeting: 17/04/2024 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/04/2024

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