Council braced for £1.4m overspend
COUNCIL chiefs face a £1million budget black hole this year, Cabinet members have been warned.
Extra spending on adult social care is being blamed for Plymouth City Council's perilous position. In the autumn Cllr Mark Lowry, the Cabinet member for finance, set out a raft of tough measures to plug a gap in his revenue budget.
But yesterday he told Cabinet colleagues: "We are forecasting an overspend at the year-end of £1.4million against our budget of £203.8million.
"This is clearly not acceptable, despite reducing from the previous quarter's forecast of £2.2m and last month's £2.4m. The major area of overspend remains £3.371m across the People directorate.
"The main reasons are pressures in adult social care linked to demographic changes, increased demand for supported living and reduced income from a number of sources."