Schools improve­ment ser­vice fac­ing £160,000 bud­get gap

South Wales Echo - - News -

THE school improve­ment ser­vice in South Wales is fac­ing a bud­get gap of more than £160,000 next year.

The Cen­tral South Con­sor­tium Joint Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vice has iden­ti­fied that it needs to save £166,000 in 2019/20.

The ser­vice, which rep­re­sents Brid­gend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tyd­fil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glam­or­gan has al­ready ap­proved £100,000 worth of sav­ings from its to­tal sav­ing re­quire­ment of £266,000.

It will will need to find £195,000 in sav­ings just to ad­dress the 5% re­duc­tion in con­tri­bu­tions from the five coun­cils which form part of the re­gion.

The teacher’s pay award will cost the con­sor­tium £36,000, other fac­tors such as the re­moval of the busi­ness sup­port va­cancy fac­tor will cost £30,000 and non-pay fac­tors such as li­censes and em­ployer and pub­lic li­a­bil­ity in­surance will cost £5,000.

The con­sor­tium has agreed to look at sev­eral ways in which to ad­dress the re­main­ing £166,000 bud­get gap.

One is to re­lease two va­cant po­si­tions (busi­ness sup­port of­fi­cer and data an­a­lyst of­fi­cer) which should save £62,000.

El­i­gi­ble salaries will be cov­ered by the Re­gional Con­sor­tia School Improve­ment Grant sav­ing £66,000 and se­nior chal­lenge ad­viser re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will also be charged to a grant sav­ing £31,000.

Com­bined with sav­ings of £7,000 in other ar­eas, the con­sor­tium hopes this will ad­dress the bud­get gap still to be filled.

Chief ex­ec­u­tives, di­rec­tors of ed­u­ca­tion and the manag­ing di­rec­tor say they be­lieve th­ese pro­pos­als can be de­liv­ered with­out im­pact­ing on the di­rect school improve­ment ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided by the con­sor­tium.

But they say the scale of po­ten­tial bud­get sav­ings re­quired over the medium term will not be fully de­liv­er­able from back-of­fice ar­eas or through ef­fi­ciency sav­ings and will mean the CSC needs to pro­pose changes to its school improve­ment model.

There is set to be an in­de­pen­dent re­view of the fu­ture shape and ac­tiv­i­ties of Cen­tral South Con­sor­tium.

Th­ese are the amounts that each coun­cil will con­trib­ute to the con­sor­tium this year and how much they are re­duc­ing from last year...

■■Brid­gend: £570,792 a re­duc­tion of £35,106

■■Cardiff: £1,343,202 a re­duc­tion of £70,296

■■Merthyr Tyd­fil: £234,781 a re­duc­tion of £11,818 ■■Rhondda Cynon Taf: £1,014,204 a re­duc­tion of £51,903 ■■Vale of Glam­or­gan: £547,874 a re­duc­tion of 26,185

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