Decision details

Projected Budget 2009-11

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Council

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No




The Director of Finance presented the projected budgets for 2009-2011 to coincide with the period of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 (CSR).


At the request of the Leader of the Council, the Director of Finance updated the Cabinet on the position regarding the Icelandic Bank.


The Leader of the Council moved an amendment, duly seconded, and it was –


Resolved – That


(1)  Cabinet recognises that the recession is having an impact on many of Wirral’s families and it is essential to do everything possible to ensure that Wirral’s Council Tax Payers are not faced with the additional burden of high Council Tax increases. In order to further reduce Wirral’s budget gap, and in the light of the reports and Cabinet recommendations on the Insurance Budget (Item 15), the Highway and Engineering Services Procurement Exercise (Item 9), and the Reconfiguration of Youth Services (Item 16) Cabinet recommends the following:


Children’s Services



The Schools budget be charged with the full cost of insurance, reflecting the risks assessed by the insurer and that the mechanism for doing this is agreed with the Schools’ Forum.


The Reconfiguration of the Youth Service is agreed in line with the report and consequential savings accepted as outlined in the recommendation.


Technical Services



The revenue savings of £320,000 arising from the HESPE exercise as outlined in the report be accepted.





The sum of £140,000 of increased income from Wirral Partnership Homes following the closure of their cash offices be accepted.


(2)  Cabinet asks that the efficiencies contained within this motion be referred to the relevant Scrutiny Committees for urgent consideration before Council meets on December 15th.  Should this prove impossible in any instance, then, because it is considered to be in the Council’s best interests to implement proposed savings as early as possible, Cabinet asks  Council to approve those items which have not been considered by Scrutiny committees where there is all party support and, in so doing, to suspend paragraph 2(a) of the Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rulesand to deal with the proposals in accordance with paragraph 2(b), i.e. where there is no such agreement, absence of which should be indicated by the lodging of an objection within the timescale set by Standing Order 12(1) , Council is asked to refer the relevant item to the appropriate Overview and Scrutiny Committee for discussion and subsequent referral to the next Council meeting. Items already discussed by the relevant Scrutiny Committee will be dealt with in the normal way; and


(3)  this motion is subject to any statutory requirements on staffing issues.


Publication date: 05/12/2008

Date of decision: 27/11/2008

Decided at meeting: 27/11/2008 - Cabinet

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