Decision details

Medium Term Financial Strategy Update

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


A report by the Cabinet Member for Finance and Change providing an update on the Medium Term Financial Strategy


General Fund – Revenue

It is recommended that Cabinet:

i)  Notes the updated budget position, progress made on the financial strategy and MTFS forecast.

ii)  Approves the creation of a Transformation Reserve and an Organisational Redesign Reserve as set out in paragraphs 50 to 54.

iii)  Approves the creation of an Investment Risk Reserve as set out in paragraphs 55 to 58.

iv)  Approves the reintroduction of the Social Care Demand Risk Reserve as set out in paragraph 59 to 62.


Housing Revenue Account

It is recommended that Cabinet:

v)  Notes the update on the Housing Revenue Account business plan proposals set out in paragraphs 90 to 99 and Appendix 6.

vi)  Approves the in-year budget adjustments to the Housing Revenue Account capital programme detailed in paragraphs 82 to 89.


Capital Programme

It is recommended that Cabinet:

vii)  Notes the progress on reviewing the General Fund capital programme set out in paragraphs 70 to 72.

viii)  Notes the in-year budget adjustments to the General Fund capital programme, as summarised in paragraph 72 and detailed in Appendix 5.



Reasons for the decision:

1.  The medium term financial strategy is a dynamic plan which requires regular review and update to ensure the council has clear oversight of its medium term financial position, therefore it is best practice to bring updates revising the assumptions and progress on the plan. 

2.  There is also a need to bring forward proposals to help address the budget shortfall identified for future years.

3.  There is also a further update on the work that has been undertaken by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) on the financial position of the council, following the review of the robustness of forecasts.

Alternative options considered:

An approach of failing to take actions in-year and implement the new Financial Strategy agreed in July by full council would lead to a large forecast overspend which would mean the council being financially unsustainable and the issuing of a S114 notice.  The council is also legally obliged to set a balanced budget for 2024/25, and the work reported below includes measures to help with that requirement.

Report author: Steve Harrison (Finance)

Publication date: 17/10/2023

Date of decision: 17/10/2023

Decided at meeting: 17/10/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 26/10/2023

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