PS20 - Economic Support Commissioning Budget

Closed 19 Dec 2011

Opened 21 Sep 2011

Results Updated 16 Feb 2012

Thank you very much for all comments submitted to the savings proposals consultation. The staff and public consultation process have now concluded.  

Elected members have considered the final reports on this proposal including the staff and public views gathered during the consultation period. The decisions made are detailed below:

This proposal reduces the operational commissioning budget for business, employment and skills support by 44% overall. 

The following reductions are proposed:

1. Employment support – join Employment Links and J21 to form one organisation – reduce by 50%

2. Skills Support – plugging gaps in government-funded training programmes – reduce by 33%

3. Business Support - the Enterprise Coaching Service will continue but business support for activities such as encouraging low carbon technologies, supporting advanced manufacturing and retail sector training will be reduced.– reduce by 30%

4. Community champions (see proposal PS19)  – increase by 50%

5. Inward investment marketing – unchanged

The impact of this reduction in funding will be offset by the fact that the Economic Affairs Team has been successful in winning external contracts.

Proposed full year saving 2012/13: £447,200

Cabinet Decision: To be implemented with minor amendments 

You can find the final proposal document, equality impact assessment, and the public summary of all proposal decisions in the files section below.

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Overview

This proposal reduces the operational commissioning budget for business, employment and skills support by 44% overall. 

Proposed reductions in the allocations to the areas we fund activities in are:

  1. Employment support – join Employment Links and J21 to form one organisation – reduce by 50%
  2. Skills Support – plugging gaps in government-funded training programmes – reduce by 33%
  3. Business Support - the Enterprise Coaching Service will continue but business support for activities such as encouraging low carbon technologies, supporting advanced manufacturing and retail sector training will be reduced.– reduce by 30%
  4. Community champions (see proposal PS19)  – increase by 50%
  5. Inward investment marketing – unchanged

 

The proposed reduction in Council funding for employment activities is unlikely to reduce the overall funding available, as the Economic Affairs Team has been successful in winning external contracts

The indicative saving for this proposal is £447,200

As the proposal will affect service users, we have undertaken an Equality Impact Assessment to identify likely or actual effects on people with protected characteristics.

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