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Financial Performance 2019-20

The Council has seen a strong financial performance for the 2019-20 financial year, including a revenue budget underspend of £1.5m

2020 Financial Performance Graphic

Issued on: 17 July 2020

Papers discussed at the Council's Executive  last night  (16 July) gave details of this revenue budget underspend, which has been delivered through careful monitoring of the Council's financial position as well as a fall in demand for its Adult Social Care services.

The underspend is just over 1% of the overall budget and the funds will be put aside for future budgets.

The papers contain details of some of the initial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Council's finances, with a small impact on the revenue budget being reported for the last financial year. It is expected, however, that Covid-19 will have a far greater effect on the budget for the 2020-2021 period.

Excluding the paused property investment portfolio, 70% of the Council's capital programme, which includes plans to invest in priority service areas including education, highways infrastructure and flood prevention works, was spent, with £14m of investment being re-profiled into the current financial year. This will allow the Council to continue to deliver key projects.

Councillor Ross Mackinnon, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Finance and Economic Development, commented:

"It is pleasing to see such a strong financial position for the year end 2019-20 given our commitment to sound management of the Council's budget.

"These funds will help the Council deal with future financial pressures arising through emergencies, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, and the future funding changes expected to Local Government finance.  

"The overall financial position of the Council remains strong, we have continued to deliver valued services to those who rely on them whilst providing the infrastructure our residents and businesses need now and in the future."