THE government’s comprehensive spending review has forced Milton Keynes Council to budget for a massive 34 per cent cut to it’s total spend over the next four years.
Council finance boss Councillor Sam Crooks has drawn up a list of proposed savings which would help balance the books. The list can be seen in full here.
The final decisions will be made in February.
List of Council Savings Proposals 2011/12
For further information about any of these savings please contact: email@example.com, quoting the relevant reference number.
COMMUNITY WELLBEING DIRECTORATE (Total savings: £3,371,000)
Ref: CWB1 – 5% reduction in voluntary sector grants, voluntary community centre management committees and employment support and economic grants.
20% reduction to Wider Use funding and a cessation of the Community Registration Scheme.
Stop grant to Milton Keynes Economy and Learning Partnership.
CWB 2 – Redesign of in-house Leisure Management service
CWB 3 – Increase in Community Language service income due to contracts with other authorities.
CWB 4 –Savings from new leisure partnership contract with Hertsmere Leisure Trust.
10% reduction in Shenley, Woughton, Wolverton and Watling Way Trusts and Newport Pagnell Town Council grants.
Savings from club management of sports grounds.
CWB 5 –Fee increases.
Caldecotte Xperience and Longrigg Residential Centre: phased reduction in funding prior to third sector organisation taking over both facilities on long term fully repairing leases as from 1st April 2012
CWB 6 – Theatre savings as a result of new property arrangement agreed by Cabinet in June 2010.
CWB 7 – Arts Development – service redesign and a significant reduction in grants to organisations not occupying Council assets and to those that do occupy Council premises; Saving: 120,000
Heritage Development – service redesign and a reduction in non-statutory grants; Saving: 1,000
Sports Development – service redesign and a significant reduction in grants to organisations not occupying Council assets. Reduction in hours of sports development post; Saving: 104,000
CWB 8 – Library management restructure
CWB 9 – Savings from new Westcroft library relocated facility as a result of the income derived from a more viable located facility
Cease libraries joint arrangements with Bucks County. Council. and manage in house.
CWB 10 – Closure of Woburn Sands and Stony Stratford libraries in consultation with the appropriate Town Councils
CWB 11 – Restructure of service at Central Library and mobile libraries
Reduce opening hours across all libraries by an average of 2 hours per week.
CWB 12 – Student Support service to be transferred to national delivery
CWB 13 – Community Safety - reduce service to meet minimum service requirements
CWB 14 – Policy & Performance Management - Restructure across the Division.
CWB 15 – Housing General Fund – Restructure of service (& further £30k saving in 2012-13)
CWB 16 – Housing General Fund – Grants - Reduction in grant to Shelter, MK Energy and HIA
CWB 17 – Housing General Fund - Travellers sites reconfiguration. This saving is achievable assuming the Fenny Lock development goes ahead.
CWB 18 – Staffing restructure across Supporting People and Commissioning teams; Saving: 50,000
Savings from recent re-tender on CAB contract and expected savings to be achieved through ongoing review/re-tender of existing contracts. Saving on YMCA contract; Savings on clinical waste contract; Saving: 184,000
Investment in Intermediate Care Service’s staffing leading to reduction in dependency on residential and domiciliary care services; Saving: 57,000
CWB 19 – Adult Social Care:
Achieve savings in Older People/Physical Disability through service re-design in line with Cabinet Paper “meeting the future needs of older people”.
Phased service change between Internal and External homecare increasing external % of the activity resulting in reduced unit costs.
CWB 20 – Adult Social Care Charging – estimated additional income generated from the review of charging for care at home. This includes the introduction of charges for clients in Supported Living. The results of the current consultation and report to January Cabinet are still due to be finalised and therefore there is a risk that this income level may not be achieved.
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S SERVICES DIRECTORATE (Total savings: £3,896,000)
CYPS 1 – Efficiency savings in The Music Service through increasing the time that is spent on teaching by managers, ceasing the provision of the additional Year Three Wider Opportunities Programme in primary schools and reducing the costs of the scholarship scheme for more able dual instrument musicians and transferring these costs to the Friends of the Music Service.
CYPS 2 – Professional services. This is achieved through efficient working practice. There are no staffing implications.
CYPS 3 – Review of SEN service to achieve further efficiencies
CYPS 4 – Reorganisation of the emergency social work team so that cover is provided by staff who are on stand by call at home during the night (midnight to 9.00am) rather than on duty at work.
CYPS 5 – Quality Assurance post - This post will be deleted and the QA function covered by other managers within children’s social care.
CYPS 6 – Integrated Childrens System, a national data and recording system for children’s social care was implemented in MK in 2008. The system is now more embedded and less resource is needed to maintain it.
CYPS 7 – More efficient allocation of resources to children and families with high levels of need.
CYPS 8 – Improved contracting with independent providers of residential care and foster care for children in care, together with the development of framework agreements with providers
CYPS 9 – Transferring the costs of running three day nurseries attached to children centres from General Fund to the Early Years Sure Start Childcare Grant. This will not affect the day to day running of the service at these nurseries.
CYPS 10 – Redesign School Improvement Team to current staffing levels
CYPS 11 – Universal Services (1) - This was an initial grant to fund the start up of Extended Services with schools. The grant ends on 31 March 2011. Schools are expected to have used the funding from the last three years to become self sustaining in this area. Staff members in posts funded by this grant have been put at risk of redundancy.
CYPS 12 – Universal Services (2) - This is the final year of this grant which ceases from 31 March 2011. The grant funds National Strategy Consultants for their work with schools. The grant also covers some funding directly to schools for specific continuing professional development for teachers. Staff members in these posts have already been put at risk of redundancy. In the future schools with particular needs will access support from other schools as is already happening in some instances.
CYPS 13 – The Connexions Service. Restructure service provision to focus on the most vulnerable rather than being available to everyone of the relevant age.
CYPS 14 – The January Guarantee. This was a one off grant from the previous government which is being ended. There are no staffing consequences to this reduction. The activities that this grant funded will be achieved through other related means.
CYPS 15 – Targeted Services – The saving will be achieved by;
A reduction in some activities associated with the PAYP grant which is to end.
The transfer of responsibilities from youth workers funded by PAYP to the substantive Youth Service team.
The rationalisation of Youth Service management structure
Reduction in some play development provision.
CYPS 16 – The government is ending Children’s Trust Funds from January 2011.
CYPS 17 – Family group conference service and educational support for children in care will be maintained at same level through the deletion of a post and the use of sessional staff.
CYPS 18 – School Travel Advice: Ending of funding from DfE grant to Environment Directorate to provide this advice function.
CYPS 19 – Teenage Pregnancy - DfE grant has been reduced in 2010/11. Duties will be reallocated to other officers within CYPS.
CYPS 20 – Children’s Fund: Following DfE grant reduction in 10/11, it is proposed to reduce funding to community based preventative programmes mainly delivered through the community and voluntary sector.
CYPS 21 – Reduced investment in family support and other social care projects provided under contract, mainly by community and voluntary sector. .
CYPS 22 – Redesign of the Early Years Learning Team. Work will be redistributed across members of the wider Early Years Team.
CYPS 23 – Youth Offending: Service restructure
ENVIRONMENT DIRECTORATE (Total savings: £6,724,000)
ENV 1 – Reduction in print costs
ENV 2 – Reduction in miscellaneous expenses
ENV 3 – Implementation of new contract price for Organic waste treatment, Civic Amenity sites, Landfill disposal and Hazardous Waste.
ENV 4 – Zero Waste option diverting existing landfill costs. Waste will be transported to an alternative treatment facility to be made in to a refuse derived fuel.
ENV 5 – Merger of collection crews for abandoned trolleys and contaminated pink sacks.
ENV 6 – Savings on existing contract and software costs for abandoned vehicles by redesigning service
ENV 7 – Amendments to overtime and operating costs of CCTV provision. Will not affect level of service provided.
ENV 8 – Increased income associated to the enforcement of abandoned vehicles and shopping trolleys
ENV 9 – General maintenance efficiencies through smarter working
ENV 10 – Savings on temporary Coachway due to opening of new Coachway in 2010-11
ENV 11 – Reduction in management costs through joint working with neighbouring partners
ENV 12 – Redesign of the current landscape maintenance service and introduction of new operating practices resulting in smarter working (includes redesign of open space to reduce annual maintenance costs)
ENV 13 – Waste Collections –changes in shift pattern working for refuse collection service
ENV 14 – Trading Standards –animal control service to be cost neutral over a 3 year period.
ENV 15 – Trading Standards –a fully outsourced service for stray dog control
ENV 16 – Waste – savings are identified because householders reduced the amount of waste going to landfill
ENV 17 – Building Control –to be cost neutral over a 3 year period.
ENV 18 – More effective use of legal advice in Planning
ENV 19 – Street Lighting - transfer of function back from Mouchel to MKC
ENV 20 – Landscape – increased commercial trading activity with external clients
ENV 21 – Building Services – increased trading activity
ENV 22 – Workshop and Fleet – increased commercial trading activity with clients
ENV 23 – Highways Trading account – increased commercial trading activity with clients
ENV 24 – Waste – introduction of a charge at the civic amenity sites for commercial waste and all material from outside of the Borough
ENV 25 – Trading Standards – additional pest control income
ENV 26 – Planning - Increase land charge fees by 25% to £100
ENV 27 – Redesign of grass cutting service and current schedules
ENV 28 – Street Cleansing - Reduction in cleaning rapid response crews from 6 to 5.
ENV 29 – Overtime and frequency adjustments to street cleansing service
ENV 30 – Adjustments to graffiti cleansing crew service response levels
ENV 31 – Environmental Health – reductions in discretionary activities
ENV 32 – Removal of The Bowl Christmas Park and Ride service
ENV 33 – Remove the contribution for Thames Valley Safer Roads Project.
ENV 34 – Restructure of street safety team
ENV 35 – Reduce the Council’s urban design capacity
ENV 36 – Safer Communities - Reduction in enforcement costs associated to abandoned vehicles
ENV 37 – Reduce the distribution of the number of black sacks distributed to the public to 25% of current levels
ENV 38 – Revised programme for Highways maintenance
ENV 39 – Passenger Transport – Removal of planned extension of concessions to young people up to the age of 19 and not in full time education.
ENV 40 – Restrict usage of senior bus passes to statutory minimum, i.e. off peak bus journeys only.
ENV 41 – Reduce bus subsidies where there is low take up.
ENV 42 – Reduce monitoring of research and analysis of the demographics of Milton Keynes
ENV 43 – Trading Standards – restructure of service
ENV 44 – Merger of Parish Partnership fund, Youth Fund and Residential Parking fund to form one new Parish Fund at a level 50% lower than 2010/11
ENV 45 – Reduce Corporate Health & Safety function.
ENV 46 – Reduce Emergency Planning function
ENV 47 – Environmental Health – Restructuring of service
ENV 48 – Restructure the Council’s Highway & Planning Development Control functions so as to achieve efficiencies
ENV 49 – Reduce the Council’s Conservation and Archaeological functions
ENV 50 – Reduce the Council’s development planning functions
ENV 51 – Savings assume 100% reductions in lighting on grid roads excluding essential lighting at junctions & roundabouts.
ENV 52 – Removal of transport sustainability service
FINANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE: (Total savings 363,000)
FaRM 1 – Savings from review of cleaning supplies/contracts and earlier closure of Saxon Court
FaRM 2 – Review of market supplement payments for staff.
FaRM 3 – Rent reviews on commercial properties owned by the Council.
FaRM 4 – Reduction in ICT partnership charge
FaRM 5 – Restructuring of Internal Audit department and bringing forward saving from 2012/13 through the review of team and administrative support
FaRM 6 – ICT:- Use of alternative funding sources (European Union Grant) to support an element of core activities
STRATEGY AND PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTORATE (Total savings: £781,000)
S&P 1 – Reduce number of issues of Live MK and focus on alternative media to communicate with the public.
S&P 2 – Restructuring within Democratic Services
S&P 3 – Re-design of Corporate Equality/Cohesion function and the Corporate Partnerships function within Policy and Improvement’.
S&P 4 – Efficiencies in advertising spending. Cross council savings.
S&P 5 – Charge parishes for work on by-elections.
S&P 6 – Income from foundation schools to meet costs of administering Schools Admission Appeals process
S&P 7 – Reduce Locality Budgets by 50%, Members’ training by 50% and remove provision for civic events
S&P 8 – Part of the Government’s Area Based Grant supported projects contributed to the National PREVENT strategy for the prevention of Terrorism. This grant is no longer being provided by Government and therefore the programme will cease from March 2011.
S&P 9 – Economic Assessment Duty –No ongoing requirement
S&P 10 – Efficiency saving from the commissioning of legal services across the Council
S&P 11 – Reduction in level of grants to the voluntary sector through taking a corporate approach to determining grant aid. Reductions will be in grants provided across the council.
CORPORATE (Total savings £4,692,000)
RIO 1 – Increased debt recovery
RIO 2 – Outdoor education – increase Educational Visits Coordinator (EVC) training, National Governing Body (NGB) Courses, develop BMX facilities.
RIO 3 – Registrars – De-commission current wedding room, nationality checking service
RIO 4 – Libraries – assisted research and use of exhibition space
RIO 5 – Adult social care community alarm – additional contracts
RIO 6 – Cemeteries and Crematoria – increased burial, cremation and maintenance fees
RIO 7 – Promotion of waste recycling
RIO 8 – Increase income from corporate advertising and sponsorship
RIO 9 – Credit card charges on non statutory services
RIO 10 – Charges for drainage consultancy
RIO 11 – Income from district centre contracts
VFM 1 – Essential Car user and mileage changes
VFM 2 – Reduce interior landscaping
VFM 3 – Reduce catering costs including catering for Members
VFM 4 – Improve the process for booking rail tickets to reduce costs
VFM 5 – Reducing number of mobile phones and blackberries
VFM 6 – Performance, Policy, Planning, Research and Intelligence Review – review of these functions across the Council to reduce support costs
VFM 7 – Communications – review of publications and the communications functions across the Council to reduce costs
Senior Management Review
Working Better Together (Mouchel)