Cheshire East projects overspend in 2018-19 | Knutsford Times

Cheshire East projects overspend in 2018-19

By on October 20, 2018

Cheshire East Council is projecting an overspend of around £5.3 million in 2018-19 and could be forced to put measures in place to save costs.

This was highlighted in a mid-year review of performance and comes against a net revenue budget of £269.5 million.

It is mainly due to pressures in the people directorate and some delays in achievement of planned efficiency savings.

Cllr Paul Bates said: “Costs will be controlled through a new, number of initiatives, vacancies will be managed and we will review processes linked to the debt recovery, as well as looking at trends linked to welfare payments.”

It has been confirmed that a number of service areas are reporting vacancies, therefore, extending vacancy periods will be considered where this does not have a ‘serious impact’ on staff, or on service levels to vulnerable people.

A funding bid of £561,000 has been submitted to Public Health England to support children of dependent drinkers and alcohol dependent parents.

If the bid is successful, the grant will be awarded to the council for the period from November this year to March 2021.

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