Below are the budget proposals for Development Services that have been approved.

    Design

    Staff savings through improved efficiency of Design, Roads and Transport services

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    100 1.5

    Commentary

    Improving efficiency of the Service overall, by means of a review of the working week and transformational change to drive out inefficiencies in service provision.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA complete - low impact.


    Economic Development

    Cemeteries and Crematorium staff savings

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    31 0.65

    Commentary

    Remove vacant posts.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA complete - no impact.

    Commercial property & asset management review of head leases

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    58 0

    Commentary

    Savings from end of head leases at properties in Central and Callendar Business Parks

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA complete - no impact.

    Commercial property & asset management savings in supplies and services

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    20 0

    Commentary

    Savings in supplies and services including on advertising /promotion, printing and publications by increased use in electronic marketing and internet databases.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA complete - no impact.

    Commercial property & asset management team staff savings

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    70 1.5

    Commentary

    Removal of vacant posts in the Asset Management Unit.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA complete - no impact.

    Reduce Planning & Environment Unit revenue budgets

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    54 0

    Commentary

    Reduce revenue budgets in Planning & Environment Unit relating to path maintenance, countryside trust, WIAT project, conservation projects, parks & open spaces and general repairs.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial complete - low impact.

    Reform of the planning and building standards service

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    186 2.8

    Commentary

    Implement reform measures in the Development Management and Buildings Standards service, including an increase in fee income, vacancy removal, and operational efficiencies through implementing service review actions and streamlined decision making linked to Council of the Future.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA completed - no impact.

    Review of cemeteries and crematorium operations

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    34 0

    Commentary

    Increase revenue income through a combination of income generation and commercialisation opportunities

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA completed - no impact on people.

    Review of commercial property & asset management - third party payments

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    32 0

    Commentary

    In 2020/21 savings in third party payments. Relates to £32k of savings from increased use of electronic marketing and publicity for commercial properties and reduced payments to third-parties.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA complete - no impact.

    Staff reduction in environmental health services

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    50 1

    Commentary

    Reduce budget associated with environmental health services staff provision. Impact will be mitigated by better use of new technology to deliver together with revised work practices.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIAcomplete - no impact.

    Staff reduction within planning and environment unit

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    30 1

    Commentary

    Savings arising from vacancies in the Planning and Environment Unit.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA complete - no impact on people.



    Operational Services (Other)

    Review of short term vehicle/plant hires

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    50 0

    Commentary

    Review of short term vehicle/plant hires leading to reduction in hire vehicles required in Services.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA complete - no impact on people.

    Review of waste strategy function

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    65 1

    Commentary

    Review of waste strategy function in General Service's budget.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA complete - no impact on people.

    Smart working smart travel project

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    200 0

    Commentary

    This is a Council of the Future project linked to the modern and digital workstream. This links to the recently introduced travel hierarchy. It involves the introduction of pool cars to enable staff to use these vehicles for attending meetings or carrying out Council business instead of the Council paying mileage allowance.

    The project itself is linked to our sustainability agenda will also make CO2 savings.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Full EPIA complete - assessed low impact.


    Operational Services (Waste)

    Staff reduction in waste services

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    90 2

    Commentary

    Reduce budget associated with waste services supervisory staff provision - posts currently vacant.

    Revised working practices, including greater use of new technology to deliver services will mean that posts do not require to be filled moving forward.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA complete - low, no impact on people


    Roads

    Reduce NHSFV travel contract over provision

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    39 0

    Commentary

    For 2020/21, option is to reduce the NHSFV travel contract budget down to the level of current expenditure matched to income, which will have no impact on service delivery.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA complete - no impact.

    Reduction in overtime working - roads maintenance

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    200 4

    Commentary

    Change to particulars of employment/terms and conditions, specifically in relation to the working week creating more flexibility in the workforce.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Full EPIA complete - no impact.

    Reduction in roads maintenance budget

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    110 0

    Commentary

    Improvements in efficiency, alternative service delivery methods and income generation, where possible, by employing Council of the Future project principles. This is similar to DV16 but linked to optimised winter maintenance treatment routes as considered by Members earlier this year.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIAcomplete - no impact.

    Savings through improved efficiency of service - Roads and Grounds Maintenance.

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    155 2

    Commentary

    Improving efficiency of the Service overall, by means of better use of new technologies and review of service management and support. The introduction of mobile working technology such as Exactrak gritting technology thereby reducing the amount of salt required for effectivity. Additionally, the use of hand held tablets for squads undertaking work, with data come directly from the office via the tablet software to the squad, thereby removing unnecessary office visits for job administration.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Full EPIA has been prepared - low impact.


    Service Management

    Electric Vehicle (EV) chargepoint income

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    10 0

    Commentary

    By introducing charging for the use of EV chargepoints, currently provided free at point of use. The proposal is to introduce charging for use, at a rate below commercial rates but sufficient to cover the Council's energy, maintenance and staff management costs.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Initial EPIA complete - no impact.

    Reduction in overtime - grounds maintenance

    Estimated savings

    2020/21
    £000's
    Full-time equivalent
    50 1

    Commentary

    Change to particulars of employment/terms and conditions, specifically in relation to the working week, creating more flexibility in the workforce.

    Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

    Full EPIA complete - low impact.