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Revenue Savings (2024 and ongoing)

 

Braunstone Town Council has approved options for reducing expenditure in 2024/2025 and in future years, to ensure the Council focusses its activity and spending on its key priorities and objectives given the current financial constraints and future financial uncertainties.

A consultation was held between Monday 13th May and Monday 3rd June 2024 inviting residents, stakeholders, and the Citizens’ Advisory Panel to have their say on the proposals and to identify other areas for consideration.

 

One-off Revenue Savings for 2024/2025

The following have been approved as one-off revenue savings for 2024/2025.  The associated budget has been vired to the Contingency fund.  The funds exist in the budget base for delivery in 2025/2026, although there is a risk that costs will increase and therefore, additional one-off funding may need to be found.

TABLE 1 - One-off Revenue Savings for 2024/2025

Description of one-off saving

Details and Delivery

Saving

Salary Savings: fixed term reduction in contracted hours

Approved until March 2025.

Permanent Contract: employee could return to establishment hours.

£16,500

Biodiversity Study and Management Plan

Strategy doesn’t provide a timeline for delivery; therefore, Policy & Resources can postpone delivery to 2025/2026.

£5,200

Carbon Audit – First Review

Scheduled 2024.  Strategy due to be reviewed June – September 2024.  Merits in postponing to 2025 to provide full year data on solar panels and on battery storage due to be installed later this year.

£4,000

Vehicle Costs

Contract renewal and costs have risen.  Delivery not until September 2024 but budgeted for whole financial year.

£3,290

Notice Board Renewal

Year 3 of a 5 year programme; either Capital Plan updated to add another year or remaining 3 year programme delivered over 2 years form 2025/26.

£2,000

TOTAL

 

£30,990

 

Ongoing Revenue Savings for Future Years

Some future and ongoing revenue savings have an initial cost.  Given the current financial constraints, the savings identified have been assessed to ensure they exceed or at least match any initial cost within the financial year.    

The following ongoing savings have been approved:

TABLE 2 – Ongoing Annual Revenue Savings

Description of one-off saving

Details and Delivery

Set up Cost

Annual Saving

Business Waste Collections

Previous contractor increased their price.  Other contractors approached to quote.  Quotes assessed to ensure the service was comparable.  Cheapest comparable quote at £4,524 p.a. was accepted given it is within delegated spending amounts.

£0

£3,741

Sanitary Waste Collections

Alternative contractors approached and a cheaper contractor was found and accepted given it was within delegated spending amounts.

£0

£847

Car Park Lighting

Turning off half the car park lights at Shakespeare Park and Thorpe Astley Community Centre (10 in total).  There would still be more lighting than at the Civic Centre Main Car Park.

View the proposals.

There are no plans to change footpath lighting at Franklin Park, Mossdale Meadows or Thorpe Astley Park.                                                             

£226

Approx. £800 to £1,000.

Installation of PIR sensors in corridors

Installation of PIR sensors in corridors at Braunstone Civic Centre.  Initial cost; quotes being obtained.

£547

Approx. £450 to £600.

Splitting off Lighting Circuits

Splitting off lighting circuits in the Council’s buildings, to enable lighting to be turned off in unused areas or for less lighting to be used where the circumstances allow.  Initial cost; quotes being obtained.

£200

Approx. £200 to £250

TOTAL

 

£973

£6,038 to £6,438

 

A copy of the report, along with a summary of the consultation responses, is availble here.

 

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