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The Council Finances 2014-15 to 2016-17 Cllr Steve Eling Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Resources Stuart Kellas Director of Strategic Resources Melanie Dudley Director of Improvement and Efficiency

Council agreed budget 4 March 2014 • Council tax remains frozen for fourth year running • Councils now able to retain proportion of business rates • Council spends £930m gross on services, met from £646m fees, specific grants and charges, £155m revenue support grant and business rates top up, £50m retained business rates, £79m council tax

Budget 2014/15 – 2016/17 • Business plans developed covering three years • Targeted savings for most services of 9%, 16% and 11% in years 2014/15, 2015/16, and 2016/17 respectively • Reduced levels of savings agreed for Children’s and Adult Services • Corporate projects developed to deliver additional savings and achieve balanced budget over the 3 year period

How we’re saving money… • • • • •

Management reform Corporate landlord Sharing facilities Channel shift Agile working

But also, investing for the future… Investment is a key part of the budget strategy: • Investing in employees • Investing in service delivery • Investing in Sandwell

Issues to be addressed over the next 3 years • Welfare Reform changes (Universal Credit) • Superannuation deficit • Reintegration of services and staff previously seconded to Transform Sandwell • Social care funding review • Linkages with the Third Sector • Updated public expenditure details • Generating income

Next Steps

• The full report is available on CMIS and on Sandwell Trends express briefings page,

Express briefing slides 25 2 14 - The Council Finances  

Express briefing slides 25 2 14 - The Council Finances