LISTED: Service by service, Portsmouth City Council’s £9m savings plan

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Here are some of the many services in which Portsmouth City Council is seeking to save a total of £9m from its budget.

Support for sexual health, alcohol and drug misuse work, trade unions, community centres as well as cultural bodies in Portsmouth is to be cut back.

Here’s a breakdown of where the council plans to save money from 2017/18:

Children’s Social Care

1. To reduce the length of time children spend in short term, out of home, placements by 10%

Saving 2017/18: £100,000

2. Reducing the number of children who need a service by children’s social care by providing earlier support to families

2017/18: £50,000

3. Implementation of regional adoption agency

2017/18: £50,000

4. Remodelling of residential care provision

2017/18: £100,000

Children’s Social Care Total Savings

2017/18: £300,000

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Culture, Leisure and Sport

5. In-house provision of Grounds Maintenance works for parks and other leisure sites

2017/18: £230,000

6. Library Staff Structure changes - Management Review

2017/18: £34,000

7. Reduction in revenue grant to the Portsmouth Cultural Trust

2017/18: £60,000

8. Community Centres - Anchorage Lodge - An increased target for income generation

2017/18: £2,000

9. Community Centres

2017/18: £1,600

10. Buckland Community Centre - Reduction in grant support Grant award 2017/18 will be £13,000

2017/18: £1,300

11. Fratton Community Centre - Reduction in grant support Grant award 2017/18 will be £26,000

2017/18: £1,200

12. Paulsgrove Community Centre - Reduction in grant support Grant award 2017/18 will be £19,000

2017/18: £1,000

13. Seafront Savings - Closure of Seafront building

2017/18: £12,500

Culture, Leisure and Sport Total Savings

2017/18: £343,600

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Education

14. Reduction in the administrative staffing support for the Education Service

2017/18: £48,500

15. Head of Sufficiency, Participation and Resources post to be part-funded by Basic Need Capital Funding and Catering Contract Pay Back Mechanism

2017/18: £7,700

16. Part-time secondment arrangement with Southampton City Council for the Post-16 Commissioning Manager role

2017/18: £25,700

17. Reduction in the Youth Not in Employment Education or Training (NEET) data tracking service by one full-time equivalent member of staff

2017/18: £22,500

18. Reduction in staffing in the Children’s Services Data and Performance Management team

2017/18: £26,300

19. Reduction in staffing of the Early Years Advisory Teachers

2017/18: £63,000

20. Cessation of Governors Services

2017/18: £18,300

Education Total Savings

2017/18: £212,000

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Environment and Community Safety

21. Cemetery Fees - Increase of fees to the average level of surrounding local authorities

2017/18: £32,000

22. CCTV contract and service efficiencies

2017/18: £15,000

23. Cease voluntary sector grant payments made by the Directorate of Regulatory Services and Community Safety

2017/18: £15,000

24. Income generation from new shared service for civil contingencies (50% share

with Southampton City Council)

2017/18: £5,000

25. Additional staff re-charges to the two major coastal defence schemes currently in progress

2017/18: £10,000

26. Reduction in the reactive maintenance budget

2017/18: £10,000

Environment and Community Safety Total Savings

2017/18: £87,000

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Governance, Audit and Standards Committee

27. Registrars - Increased fee income as a result of higher demand for ceremonies

2017/18: £19,500

28. Registrars - Increase fees for some ceremonies

2017/18: £10,500

Governance, Audit and Standards Committee Total Savings

2017/18: £30,000

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Health and Social Care

29. Direct Payments to be delivered only using prepaid cards

2017/18: £100,000

30. Set Direct Payment rate for Personal Assistants at National Living Wage

2017/18: £20,000

31. Review of high cost Learning Disability cases

2017/18: £100,000

32. New framework for supported living

2017/18: £30,000

33. The deregistration of appropriate Learning Disability care homes and the transfer to supported living accommodation - Also the development of Nessa Street and the resultant cost savings of the new facility

2017/18: £112,000

34. Increased use of Assistive Technology within the Learning Disability environment

2017/18: £50,000

35. Review of the Carers Service - To include staffing, accommodation and service

options

2017/18: £130,000

36. Review of high cost Older Persons and Physical Disability Packages of care cases

2017/18: £50,000

37. Review of low cost packages of care with the possibility of a percentage of non-personal care clients to be transferred to a willing VCS

2017/18: £50,000

38. Adult Mental Health Service Review

2017/18: £75,000

39. Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (Adults element) Staffing restructure

2017/18: £50,000

40. General staffing savings from existing vacancies throughout Adult Social Care

2017/18: £150,000

41. Only use preferred providers for domiciliary care packages where possible.

2017/18: £75,000

42. Replace two Qualified Social Worker posts at QAH (vacancies) with Independent Support Assistant for less complex cases

2017/18: £20,000

43. Impact of Community Independence Service implementation

2017/18: £50,000

44. Efficiency saving in In-House Care homes

2017/18: £150,000

45. Increase occupancy at Harry Sotnick House Nursing Home - Reduced commissioning costs and increased income

2017/18: £170,000

46. Remodelling of the sexual health service

2017/18: £182,300

47. Remodel existing substance misuse and alcohol contracts Fewer people with substance misuse and alcohol problems will receive treatment

2017/18: £346,300

48. Conduct review of service to reduce staff costs

2017/18: £73,400

Health and Social Care Total Savings

2017/18: £1,984,000

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Housing

49. Retendering of Homeless Day Centre and integration with substance misuse services

2017/18: £30,000

50. Rent deposit scheme for single people being brought in house

2017/18: £20,000

51. Floating tenancy support for families

2017/18: £50,000

52. I-Dox - IT Support Saving and staff efficiencies due to ability to work remotely and more efficiently

2017/18: £24,000

53. Additional Income from operating a Private Sector Rental Management Service

2017/18: £20,000

54. Additional Income from implementing a charge to RSLs for managing the waiting list & nominating tenants for their properties

2017/18: £25,000

55. Increase Deminimus Capital Receipts

2017/18: £10,000

Housing Total Savings

2017/18: £179,000

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Planning Regeneration and Economic Development

56. Planning - Review of Planning administration and support

2017/18: £18,000

57. Income from Commercial Property Acquisitions

2017/18: £300,000

58. Long lease disposal of land at White Hart Road and subsequent re-investment at an improved yield of 6%

2017/18: £500,000

59. Additional Rental Income from existing Portfolio

2017/18: £70,000

60. PCMI Manufacturing - Additional Income

2017/18: £15,000

61. Additional income from the new services in the Enterprise Centres

2017/18: £25,000

Planning Regeneration and Economic Development Total Savings

2017/18: £928,000

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Resources

62. Shared management responsibilities with another authority

2017/18: £198,000

63. Review of Family Information Services and management structure within the City Help Desk and implementation of electronic means of communication with customers

2017/18: £55,000

64. Review of democratic services processes

2017/18: £25,000

65. Shared service with another authority

2017/18: £44,000

66. Reduction in transactional processing staff

2017/18: £11,000

67. Reduction in postage use by switching to email

2017/18: £1,800

68. Reduction in Accountancy resource requirement including reduction from five teams to four

2017/18: £78,000

69. Introduction of charge for street naming & numbering service

2017/18: £15,000

70. Shared services opportunities for Procurement Services

2017/18: £15,000

71. Telephony provision to other services and organisations

2017/18: £11,000

72. Deletion of part time post following service review and restructure

2017/18: £19,000

73. Reduction in demand for system support arising from move of two IT applications to cloud based solutions and consolidation of other systems

2017/18: £97,000

74. Income from sale of Datacentre spare capacity

2017/18: £15,000

75. Category management initiatives from demand management

2017/18: £63,100

76. Contract management - savings on external spend

2017/18: £10,000

77. Bringing current managed network monitoring service in-house

2017/18: £12,500

78. Review staff training provision

2017/18: £70,000

79. Opportunities to increase income by developing shared service and trading arrangements with other authorities and organisations

2017/18: £25,000

80. Reduction In Trade Union support

2017/18: £75,000

81. Accommodation charge to the Housing Revenue Account following staff relocation to the Civic Offices from Chaucer House

2017/18: £51,000

82. Additional Income from Energy Projects carried out either directly or through a company structure

2017/18: £70,000

Resources Total Savings

2017/18: £961,400

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Traffic and Transportation

83. Review of Travel Concession administration

2017/18: £100,000

84. Increase staff charge to capital transport Infrastructure schemes

2017/18: £20,000

85. Reduction in non-PFI highways maintenance

2017/18: £25,000

86. Reduction in Traffic Management Centre IT maintenance costs and recharges

2017/18: £25,000

87. Additional staff re-charges for Business Support and Administration to non-General Fund budgets

2017/18: £50,000

88. Reduction in staff training

2017/18: £5,000

89. Reduction in use of Agency staff

2017/18: £25,000

90. Additional income from charging event organisers for Traffic & Transportation activity

2017/18: £5,000

91. Advertising revenue and sponsorships for events and assets

2017/18: £50,000

92. Income from Transport Strategy and Policy activity

2017/18: £15,000

93. Additional Income from Traffic & Transportation traded services

2017/18: £10,000

Traffic and Transportation Total Savings

2017/18: £330,000

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Other Expenditure

94. Debt Servicing Costs - MRP Policy Change

2017/18: £1,348,000

95. Debt Servicing Costs - MRP Policy Change - MRP Holiday

2017/18: £1,797,000

96. Review of Local Council Tax Support Scheme

2017/18: £500,000

Other Expenditure Total Savings

2017/18: £3,645,000

You can read the complete detailed list of proposed savings on Portsmouth City Council’s website.