Below are the budget proposals for Children’s Services that have been approved.

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Catering & Cleaning

Reprovision Primary School Breakfast Clubs in line with roll out of universal free school meals

Estimated savings

2022/23
£000's
Full-time equivalent
30

Commentary

Cease all 35 Council funded school breakfast clubs in primary schools with effect from August 2022.

Staff redeployed and alternative provision made at all schools.

Scottish Government plan to introduce universal free school meals during 2021/22.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

Current provision was not universally provided across all primary schools.

Alternative resources will be provided to all schools to meet local pupil need.


Children & Families

Cut 3rd sector support to Barnardos

Estimated savings

2022/23
£000's
Full-time equivalent
50

Commentary

Cut 3rd sector support to Barnardos


Early Years

Reprovisioning of Non-Statutory Baby & Toddler Places

Estimated savings

2022/23
£000's
Full-time equivalent
75 4

Commentary

Need to provide additional capacity to meet increased number of eligible 2's & vulnerable/ASN babies to be placed. Current provision would be moved to the private and voluntary sectors.

Current Capacity - 30 Baby & 155 Toddler places
4 FTE savings - staff

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

Recognise that this will impact on new customers who would wish to use this provision.


Education Resources

Closure of Public Toilets - Close three public conveniences with effect from 1 April 22

Estimated savings

2022/23
£000's
Full-time equivalent
135

Commentary

Close three public conveniences located in Bo'ness, Grangemouth and Falkirk.
Existing staff would be re-deployed, reducing operational and staffing costs.
The public convenience at Blackness would remain operational.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

Service will no longer be available.

A full Equality and Poverty Impact Assessment (EPIA) identified an impact on older and pregnant people, although the total number of people using the facilities from these protected groups is unknown.

DSM Efficiencies - Others

Estimated savings

2022/23
£000's
Full-time equivalent
175

Commentary

Schools DSM - Per Capita Budgets - Cut by £100k

Schools DSM - Cut Teacher Supply Budgets by £60k

Schools DSM - Cut CPD Budgets by £75k

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

N/A - no impact on people

DSM Efficiencies - Reassessment of Estimated Staffing Numbers to meet August 2022 Rolls

Estimated savings

2022/23
£000's
Full-time equivalent
770 14.6

Commentary

This option includes over the next few years:

  • reducing Devolved School Management allocation in line with demographic roll decreases
  • review senior phase curriculum offer
  • wider review of PE/Music provision
  • consortia (inter school provision)
  • Secondary Schools DSM reduce Management Staff

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

N/A - no impact on people

Early Learning & Childcare - Sectoral efficiencies realised through ELC expansion

Estimated savings

2022/23
£000's
Full-time equivalent
100

Commentary

Full Year Effect of Previous decision to delete vacant posts (6.5fte).
Realisation of internal efficiences resulting from the implementation and integration of the ELC expansion.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

N/A - no impact on people

Fees & Charges

Estimated savings

2022/23
£000's
Full-time equivalent
75

Commentary

Increasing Fees and Charges in line with other Council fee increases of c3% which includes:

  • Childcare
  • Meals
  • Breakfast Clubs
  • Lets

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

A full EPIA has been completed and assessed as low.

Reassessment of Additional Covid Funding Needs

Estimated savings

2022/23
£000's
Full-time equivalent
575

Commentary

Review of additional funding available to meet additional Covid related staffing and non staffing costs.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

N/A - no impact on people.


Service Management

Central Support Teams

Estimated savings

2022/23
£000's
Full-time equivalent
80 2

Commentary

Cut Psychological Services by 1FTE week with effect from August 2022

Cut Central Support Staff by 1FTE with effect from August 2022

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

N/A - no impact on people

Property Saving - Closure of Office Buildings. (Linked with SPR)

Estimated savings

2022/23
£000's
Full-time equivalent
140

Commentary

Close Park Street Community Education Centre wef Apr22 (all voluntary groups relocated)
Close Camelon Education Centre wef Apr22 (all voluntary groups relocated)
Close Sealock House wef Aug 22 (staff move to the Stadium/Camelon Social Work Office)

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

N/A - no impact on people

School Community Lets

Estimated savings

2022/23
£000's
Full-time equivalent
35

Commentary

Cease all external school lets weekdays at 9pm and weekends at 12pm.

Cease all weekend lets at Bo'ness Academy and Graeme High School

(Savings in overtime and PPP contractual charges)

With effect from August 2022

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

EPIA being undertaken.


Special Education

Support and Learning Review of Additional Support Needs Services

Estimated savings

2022/23
£000's
Full-time equivalent
43 1

Commentary

Reduction in ASN Outreach Service (1fte)

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

An Equality and Poverty Impact Assessment (EPIA) was undertaken. The assessment identified impacts on groups with protected characteristics however it was assessed as low due to mitigation.