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Decision details

Budget Monitoring and Financial Position Month 3, 2022/23

Decision status: Recommendations Approved



The report brings the Committee up to date with the Council’s financial position as at Month 3 2022/23.




RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Finance Sub-Committee:-


(i) notes the Council’s challenging financial position as at the end of June 2022 (month 3); and


(ii) notes that each Policy Committee will receive detailed budget monitoring for their areas of responsibility at their meetings in September 2022 alongside the reports on their 2023/24 budget proposals requested by the Strategy and Resources Committee.



Reasons for Decision




Under section 25 of the Local Government Act 2003, the Chief Finance Officer of an authority is required to report on the following matters:

• the robustness of the estimates made for the purposes of determining its budget requirement for the forthcoming year; and

• the adequacy of the proposed financial reserves.




There is also a requirement for the authority to have regard to the report of the Chief Finance Officer when making decisions on its budget requirement and level of financial reserves.



By the law the Council must set and deliver a balanced budget, which is a financial plan based on sound assumptions which shows how income will equal spend over the short- and medium-term. This can take into account deliverable cost savings and/or local income growth strategies as well as useable reserves. However, a budget will not be balanced where it reduces reserves to unacceptably low levels and regard must be had to any report of the Chief Finance Officer on the required level of reserves under section 25 of the Local Government Act 2003, which sets obligations of adequacy on controlled reserves.




Alternatives Considered and Rejected




The Council is required to both set a balance budget and to ensure that in-year income and expenditure are balanced. No other alternatives were considered.




Report author: Ryan Keyworth

Publication date: 29/07/2022

Date of decision: 27/07/2022

Decided at meeting: 27/07/2022 - Finance Sub-Committee

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