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ANGUS COUNCIL

MINUTE of SPECIAL MEETING of the EDUCATION COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Monday 23 February 1998 at 2.10 pm.

Present: Councillors BRIAN M C MILNE, KATHLEEN RITCHIE, HELEN ANGUS, Provost Mrs FRANCES E DUNCAN, Councillors JACK GIBB, Mrs RENATE LAMONT, STEWART McGLYNN, GLENNIS MIDDLETON, GEORGE NORRIE and SHEENA WELSH; Mr PETER ANDREWS and Mr BRIAN McHARDY.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors GEORGE P ALLAN, RICHARD SPEIRS and SANDY WEST; Rev M CASSIDY, Rev Dr R MACKENZIE and Ms MADELINE KINGSTON.

Councillor MILNE, Convener, in the Chair.

 

1. PROVISIONAL REVENUE BUDGET 1998/99

There were submitted (a) an extract of the minute of meeting of the JCC (Teachers) of 11 February 1998; (b) Report No 234/98 by the Director of Education being a Review of Charges for 1998/99; (c) Report No 192/98 by the Director of Finance, being the Summary Progress and Background Report on the Provisional Revenue Budget 1998/99; (d) Report No 193/98 by the Director of Finance, being the Provisional Revenue Budget Volume, including a commentary by each Head of Department; (e) Report No 194/98 by the Director of Finance, being the Departmental Savings Proposals Volume; and (f) Report No 235/98 by the Director of Education outlining the implications to the revenue budget for 1998/99 of SOEID Circular 6/97 in respect of the New Deal for Schools.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to note the Education Provisional Base Budget Submission for 1998/99 as contained in pages 6 to 21 of the Provisional Revenue Budget Volume (Report 193/98);

(ii) to note the Education savings proposals for 1998/99 as contained in pages 7 and 8 of the Departmental Savings Proposals Volume (Report 194/98) and the amended page 9 of Report 194/98 tabled at this meeting;

(iii) to note that the 3% target savings for Education totalling £1,410,000 could not be achieved without having to implement unpalatable savings;

(iv) to note that, in addition to the proposed Education savings of £494,000 which represented a 1.1% saving, additional corporate savings totalling £916,000, as shown on pages 5 and 6 of Report 194/98, had been identified to bring about the required 3% savings of £1,410,000;

(v) to note the views of the Teachers representatives on the JCC (Teachers) as set out in the extract of the minute of meeting held on 11 February 1998;

(vi) to approve the Education Review of Charges 1998/99 as contained in Report 234/98;

(vii) to approve the savings for the Education Department totalling £494,000;

(viii) to approve the service development proposals for 1998/99 Education revenue budget in respect of the New Deal for Schools as set out in Report 235/98; and

(ix) to approve the revised budget net expenditure for the Education Department resulting therefrom and agree to advise the Council at the Council Tax setting meeting early in March 1998 accordingly.