East Lothian Council

Council's financial position outlined at cabinet meeting

Published Wednesday 9th December 15

John Muir House

Half year financial position detailed

Elected members debated the current position of East Lothian Council’s financial performance of services at the mid-point of the financial year 2015/16 at today’s (Tuesday 8 December) Cabinet meeting.

Councilllors heard a number of key points from the Financial Review of the six months ending September 2015.  At that point, the Council reports a positive financial position with an underspend of 4.2% of its revenue budget. This equates to £3.9m which has arisen in part from staffing efficiencies of £1.6m driven largely by managers appropriately reviewing and scrutinising all areas of expenditure including where staff vacancies arise. Savings also accrued through additional income received in relation to building and planning warrant fees, as well as continued application of financial management and control in all areas of the council’s spend.

Cllr. Willie Innes, Council Leader, said:

“I welcome this paper which is one of a series of performance reports from both internal and external sources which show that the council is managing its finances and moving forward in a proper manner. It is only a matter of weeks since the external auditor described our most recent audit as the council’s ‘best ever’ and whilst we have faced trying conditions caused by the global financial crisis our staff have responded magnificently. Public satisfaction of East Lothian Council services remains high and we continue to work with communities to meet the varied needs of our residents. We know we have difficult times ahead but also recognise that it’s important to take a prudent approach to financial management.” 

East Lothian Council’s Chief Executive, Angela Leitch, added:

“Managers and staff have been instrumental in scrutinizing all elements of the council budget to suggest ways in which we continue to deliver services and maintain customer satisfaction levels within the ongoing challenge of reduced funding. Our strong fiscal practice and attitudes stand us in good stead as we wait to hear the latest local government grant settlement which will determine the level of savings required to be made in the next three year period.”

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