The Committee considered the Council’s overall performance and financial position for the period ended 30 June (1st Quarter 2019/20).
Specific reference was made to the £800,000 efficiency savings made for 2019/20 against a target of £714,000, and a breakdown of where those savings had been achieved was provided. An explanation for the shortfall in the business rates collection rate was also given, with it being noted that an adjustment would be made through the collection fund.
Regarding procurement, there are a number of significant ‘high level’ areas of activity including CCTV maintenance contract and HRA capital works. The potential for electricity to be sourced from suppliers who buy from renewable generators was discussed, to which members were advised that a new procurement strategy was to be agreed and that currently, the energy contract included 48% renewables.
That the First Quarter 2019/20 financial, procurement and performance position detailed in Appendices A, B and C and summarised at paragraph 3.3 of the covering report be noted.