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Borough of Poole Reveals Final Year Budget

Borough of Poole is pleased to announce that for the 10th consecutive year the council has not overspent its budget despite significant funding cuts and continuing demand pressures on key services.

The news comes as the final accounts for 1 April 2012 - 31 March 2013 are recommended for approval by Cabinet and Council.

In February the council anticipated a likely underspend for 2012-13 of £911,000 but the final result shows this has increased to just over £2.5m. This increase is due to several reasons including significant sums of money received through negotiations with the NHS after which they agreed to share the funding of key services and the costs of care and support for individuals.

Also included in the underspend is £1.37m savings made by Adult Social Care as a result of early implementation of an efficiency programme.
 
It is proposed that the underspend will be transferred to the council’s reserves and used to offset future funding pressures resulting from a reduction in the
council’s budget.

Cllr Elaine Atkinson, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, said: "I am pleased that Poole has managed to not overspend its budget for the 10th consecutive year. The hard work, imaginative service design and prudent money management of our officers must be highly commended although significant savings still need to be made in future years.

"I am particularly pleased that our partnership working with the NHS has been so successful and I hope we can continue to build on this success."

The Cabinet meeting will be held at the Civic Centre on 4 June and if recommended for approval the report will go to Full Council on 18 June for a final decision.