Please bring to the meeting your copy of the latest Performance and Financial Monitoring Information (Green Book).
The Executive considered the Performance and Financial Monitoring Information (Green Book) July 2020. Discussion ensued on the Council’s financial position in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The Director of Finance, Leigh Clarke, explained the difficulties in providing reliable and accurate forecasts at the current time and advised that Officers were working towards reporting on the financial position at the November Executive. It was noted that the Government had recently released a loss of income claim form which would allow councils to claim for loss of income as a result of the pandemic.
Regarding car parking income, the Executive was informed that the numbers of cars in the car parks continued to be below normal expected levels.
Members discussed recycling rates and noted that during the Covid period there had been a general upwards trend in recycling, although that had been offset by an increase in waste generally. The Portfolio Holder for Waste and Recycling, Councillor Davis, stressed the need to concentrate on reducing waste and recycling figures.
Following a question regarding savings achieved through the removal of staffing posts, the Executive was informed that the posts removed had been historic posts which had not been used for some time and could be stripped out without having an adverse impact on the operation. The Executive was advised that staffing levels were constantly reviewed by CMG and the level of resourcing was appropriate.
Members also discussed the energy efficiency of Council owned homes, noting that Officers would continue to look at improving Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) scores.
That the Performance and Financial Monitoring Information, July 2020, be received.
Reason: To manage the performance of the Council.