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Wrexham Council have reported a £354k overspend to up to the end of October in the period from April this year.

The seemingly massive figure is however just 0.17% of the overall net revenue budget of £211,890,000.

To put that in a context, the Office for National Statistics claims the average salary in the UK is £26,200 , with such a 0.17% overspend such an individual would be overspent by £44 over the entire year.

The report (view the PDF here) gives details of where the over, and underspends have occurred on a per department level

The reasons for the variances are given as :

  • Reduced car parking income, shortfall in achieving transport savings and an increase in Traffic management streetworks .
  • Shortfall in achieving transport savings.
  • Increased demand for 1:1 support for pupils in mainstream education and from withdrawal of joint funding from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board .
  • Reduced planning fee income.
  • Shortfall in commercial estates income.
  • Administration and staff travel review, vacancies and reduced hours savings.

The Scrutiny Committee notes attached state they would like “the Head of Finance provide additional information in the next budget monitoring note to Members in respect of the planning service budget and shortfall in car parking fines.”