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To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Daryl Turner, Piers Brown and Louie O’Leary.
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No declarations of pecuniary interests were made at the meeting.
However, in respect of agenda item 5, Cllr Ireland advised that he was a partner governor at Dorset Healthcare Trust and also had a daughter working at Dorset County Hospital (DCH).
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There were no submissions from town or parish councils or from members of the public.
Questions from Members
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There were no written questions received from councillors.
The scrutiny committees are asked to consider the budget proposals on behalf of the residents of Dorset, and to provide constructive challenge to decision-makers before a final decision is made.
Members considered a report from the Executive Director for Corporate Development which provided a summary of progress to date on the development of the budget strategy and medium-term financial plan (MTFP). The report also provided further updates on funding for this year and for 2022/23, although details of the local government finance settlement was still awaited.
The Chairman stated that the focus for the meeting would be on budget proposals for the Adult and Housing and Children's Services Directorates. Budget proposals concerning the Place and Corporate Resources Directorate would be considered at the Place and Resources Scrutiny Committee meeting which would follow this meeting.
The Executive Director for Corporate Development set the scene for budget setting and outlined the process. The Efficiency and Transformation programme was highlighted to address the budget gap of £4.5m. Expecting additional government funding of £4.5m.
Attention was drawn to final line in the report regarding the settlement and if it was significantly different from that anticipated, then it may be necessary for the budget proposals to be adjusted. If the net expenditure proposals needed to be reduced by more than £500k the Scrutiny Committees may wish to reconvene during the week commencing 3 January 2022, to consider the revision to the proposals.
General budget questions