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Revenue Budget

Wrexham County Borough Council sets a budget each year. The budget sets out how much the Council will spend on each of the many services it provides for local people. The budget is made up of money from government grants, the national pool of business and non-domestic rates and the council tax paid by residents of Wrexham County Borough.

The Council has a well planned approach to its budget setting which involves the formulation of a Medium Term Financial Plan covering a 3 year period.  It then considers the detail of the annual budget through a series of Workshops, Scrutiny Committees and Executive Board.  A public consultation is undertaken on the budget each year.  The views of residents, businesses and unions are also sought.  The final budget and council tax are approved at a full Council meeting in February.

After taking account of the Welsh Government Revenue Settlement, together with allowing for inflation and certain specific budget pressures, savings of £13 m were required.  The Council looked at all its service areas to see where its saving could be made.

The Council wants to be sure that the decisions it makes are fair and that it understands how changes could affect local people.  The law says that this should be done through an equality impact assessment.

The Equality Impact Assessment Process

An equality impact assessment is a way of understanding how a decision could affect different groups of people, deciding whether this is fair and whether anything can be done to make it fairer.  In following a detailed and well planned budget process the Council has aimed to avoid making savings with major equality implications for front line services.

The Council has looked at all the savings proposals put forward and screened them to see whether they should be assessed.  We decided this by looking at the proposals that were most likely to affect local people and that are for a material amount of money.

The table below shows those financial decisions that were equality assessed

Revenue Budget 2015/16

Equality Impact Assessments - Financial Decisions

Adult Social Care

Project Description and aims Saving 2015/2016 £k Notes
1. Staff Review 214 Notes: Staff Review - Word version 44Kb
Notes: Staff Review (2) - Word version 50Kb
2 Retender five Supported Living Schemes 125  
3 Repatriation/Review 200 Notes: Repatriation/Review - Word version 50Kb
4 Review/Retender Domiciliary Care 650 Notes: Review/Retender Domiciliary Care - Word version 35Kb
5 Reshape Supported Living Model 200 Notes: Reshape Supported Living Model - Word version 52Kb
6 Review of Day Care Provision 100 Notes: Review of Day Care Provision - Word version 48Kb
7 Appointeeship Service Self-financing 129 Notes: Appointeeship Service Self-financing - Word version 41Kb
8 Review Training Budget 50 Notes: Review Training Budget - Word version 50Kb
9 Charging Policy 200 Notes: Charging Policy - Word version 42Kb
10 Review Management Structure 140 Note: See EIA notes for items 6, 13, 24 and 27
11 Review of Disability Service 25 Notes: Disability Services - Word version 42Kb
12 Extend Direct Payments 159 Notes: Extend Direct Payments - Word version 37Kb
13 Further Review of Day Care Services 80 Notes: Further Review of Day Care Services - Word version 50Kb
14 Review procurement arrangements for Third Sector 80 Notes: Review procurement arrangements for Third Sector - Word version 41Kb
15 Reconfigure Recovery Service (Mental Health) 50 Notes: Reconfigure Recovery Service (Mental Health) - Word version 38Kb
16 Reduce external payment arrangements (Mental Health) 35 Notes: Reduce external payment arrangements (Mental Health) - Word version 38Kb
17 Welfare Rights – Vacancy Management 69 Notes: Welfare Rights – Vacancy Management - Word version 42Kb
18 Reconfigure transport arrangements 50 Notes: Reconfigure transport arrangements - Word version 42Kb
19 Review Telecare funding and charging arrangements 50 Notes: Review Telecare funding and charging arrangements - Word version 40Kb
20 Accommodation savings 68 Notes: Accommodation savings - Word version 42Kb
21 Asset depletion initiative 50 Notes: Asset depletion initiative - Word version 42Kb
22 Reablement Charging Basis 10 Notes: Reablement Charging Basis - Word version 44Kb
23 Review Residential Care temporary placement criteria 35  
24 Review Community Living Service 250 Notes: Review Community Living Service - Word version 52Kb
25 Review access to domiciliary care 175 Notes: Review access to domiciliary care - Word version 38Kb
26 Review day and work opportunities services 100 Notes: Review day and work opportunities services - Word version 52Kb
27 Review short term break facilities 444 Notes: Review short term break facilities - Word version 49Kb
28 Review staff meals in community living service 70 Note: See EIA notes for item 24

Assets and Economic Development

Project Description and aims Saving 2015/2016 £k Notes
1. Closure of Bersham Heritage Centre 58 Notes: Closure of Bersham Heritage Centre - Word version 41Kb
2 Departmental Management Team Restructure 58 Notes: Departmental Management Team Restructure - Word version 79Kb
3 CCTV lower running costs 112 Notes: CCTV lower running costs - Word version 36Kb
4 Staff Review 91  
5 Review of Third Party Funding 36 Notes: Review of Third Party Funding - Word version 37Kb
6 Review of Tourist Information Centre 33 Notes: Review of Tourist Information Centre - Word version 42Kb
7 Review Business Advice and Support Arrangements 40  
8 Rural Development Budget Reduction 10 Notes: Rural Development Budget Reduction - Word version 36Kb
9 Strategy Regeneration 33 Notes: Strategy Regeneration - Word version 36Kb
10 Transfer Shopmobility to Third Party Provider 23  

Community Well Being and Development

Project Description and aims Saving 2015/2016 £k Notes
1. Staff Review 68 Notes: Community Well Being and Development Staff Review - Word version 33Kb
2 Offer dual use community centres to Schools 10  
3 Leisure Review 311 Notes: Leisure Review - Word version 33Kb
4 Consider setting up Libraries Trust 75 Notes: Consider setting up Libraries Trust - Word version 40Kb
5 Improved use of grant funding 100 Notes: Improved use of grant funding - Word version 32Kb
6 Reduction in statutory notices/ advertising 7  

Corporate and Customer Services

Project Description and aims Saving 2015/2016 £k Notes
1. Departmental Budget Savings 2015/16 658 Notes: Corporate and Customer Services Departmental Budget Savings 2015/16 - Word version 35Kb

Finance

Project Description and aims Saving 2015/2016 £k Notes
1. Departmental Budget Savings 2015/16 278 Notes: Finance Departmental Budget Savings 2015/16 - Word version 34Kb

Housing, Public Protection and Environment

Project Description and aims Saving 2015/2016 £k Notes
1. Department Staff Review 254  
2. Support People 300  
3. Increase weekly service charge for HRA homeless properties (eligible for housing benefit) 20  
4. Reactive maintenance review 65  
5. Reduction in ground maintenance 200  
6. Reduction in planned highway maintenance 107  
7 Car Park Charges - Country Parks 100  
8 Review of Cleansing Service 137  
9 Review post 16 Transport 154  
10 Affordable Housing 50  
11 Pest Control 8  

Lifelong Learning

Project Description and aims Saving 2015/2016 £k Notes
1. Staff Review 110 Notes: Lifelong Learning Staff Review - Word version 36Kb
2 14-19 Learning Pathways 82 Notes: 14-19 Learning Pathways - Word version 37Kb
3 School Music Service 68 Notes: School Music Service - Word version 39Kb
4 School Library Service 115 Notes: School Library Service - Word version 38Kb
5 Funding redundancy costs 50 Notes: Funding redundancy costs - Word version 36Kb
6 Maximise grant funding 100 Notes: Maximise grant funding - Word version 35Kb
7 End Local Supplement to Wales Government School Uniform Grant 30  
8 Review of Education Enrichment Service 70  

Children and Young People – Prevention and Social Care

Project Description and aims Saving 2015/2016 £k Notes
1. Staff Review 121 Notes: Staff Review (AVOW) - Word version 42Kb
Notes: Staff Review (Support Services) - Word version 40Kb
2 Reduce third party funding 8 Notes: Reduce third party funding - Word version 38Kb
3 Review respite care 20 Notes: Review respite care - Word version 37Kb
4 Review of Family Centres 209 Notes: Review of Family Centres - Word version 43Kb
5 Reduce Third Party Funding 14  
6 Management Review 107  
7 Redesign Project Worker Delivery 20 Notes: Redesign Project Worker Delivery - Word version 43Kb
8 Realise the savings in respect of third party arrangements which have finished recently 62 Notes: AVOW Contract- Word version 49Kb
Notes: CPEYF - Word version 40Kb
9 Review Third Party Funding 23 Notes: Review Third Party Funding - Word version 41Kb

Other

Project Description and aims Saving 2015/2016 £k Notes
1. Advice Services 500 Notes: Advice Services - Word version 39Kb