Continuing to deliver within council budget

In the budget monitoring to the end of July 2012, forecasts show that Aberdeenshire Council is forecast to underspend by just over £12 million, against a budget of £536 million.

More than half of the underspend is as a result of treasury management and money set aside to respond to Government initiatives that have not come forward as anticipated.

All staff have been encouraged to finding new and innovative ways to deliver services without an adverse impact on frontline services to customers.

The main reasons for the current forecast are preventative spending which is forecast to spend £1m compared to a budget of £4m; capital financing charges and interest payments which are less than anticipated; internal transport due to a reduction in leasing costs; delays in regeneration projects and reduced requirements for hired transport. The council is also experiencing on-going difficulties to recruit across services, contributing to savings in salary lines.

A report to Policy & Resources Committee on Thursday will outline the position and ask councillors to move £2.5 million to the Capital Fund and £3 million to the Invest to Save Fund. The remaining £6.5 million would remain with services at this stage.

Council Leader, Cllr Jim Gifford said: “I am pleased to see that all areas of the council continue deliver services efficiently.

“We are not complacent about the job we have to do to support communities across Aberdeenshire, both now and in the future.”