Decision details

Budget and Performance Report - Q4 2020-21

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


In introducing the report Councillor Andy Wilson advised that:

·       He was presenting the Tier 2 Priority Service KPIs, and the Quarter 4 financial outturn position of the council.

·       That the impact of Covid on performance could be seen again this quarter as services had been dealing with Covid restrictions whilst managing staffing and capacity issues.

·       Despite the challenges of Covid, improvements in tier 1 indicators had brought all four pillars back to green, demonstrating the positive work that had taken place, specifically within the Children’s services.


In particular:

·       The percentage of annual reviews of EHCPs completed on time.

·       And the percentage of children aged 16+ with an up-to-date pathway plan.


And outside of Children’s:

·       The number of Lambeth Council homes brought up to Lambeth Housing Standard in year.

·       The Number of private dwellings and HMOs improved to comply with statutory Housing standards.


There were positive movements in tier 2 KPIs for:

·       The number of residents supported into employment, training, or education (including apprenticeships) through council-supported activities was positive. 

·       More affordable workspace created because of Council initiatives.

·       And Assessments Timescales in Adult Social Care had improved.


I would like to commend the performance set out report and pay tribute to the resilience of local services, which had never been more on display during the covid-19 crisis.


Councillor Scott Ainslie from the Green Group indicated that the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) live board was greyed out and therefore it was hard to distinguish boroughs and the differences between them. It was noted that this issue would be resolved. He wanted to know what the Council was doing with the surplus ringfenced money from the outbreak control as well as more detail on the ICT overspend.


Cabinet explained that Lambeth had one of the most affective test and trace self-isolation compensations arrangements within the country. The excess money would be utilised as funding would need to be in place for new centres opening and additional staff would be required in order to contact positive residents


Officers responded that the ICT overspend was in response to the imminent  threat of a cyber-attack, the Council had to act quickly in order to move data and infrastructure to ensure that an adequate backup solution was in place. In addition, the pandemic contributed to the overspend as the Council moved to virtual working. The £4.7 million in not only incorporated the £1.7 million ICT overspend but other areas in the  Resident’s Experience and Digital division. 






1.     To note the latest performance outturns for the Tier 1 Borough Plan Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), the Tier 2 Priority Service KPIs


2.     To note the Q4 financial outturn position of the council and to note the budgetary risks going forward

Publication date: 09/07/2021

Date of decision: 05/07/2021

Decided at meeting: 05/07/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 17/07/2021

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