Public performance reports

Revenues and costs

The Council Plan Connect, outlines our objectives for 2017-22. Connect Priorities should not be seen in isolation, they interact with each other and as we achieve success in one, we move closer to success in others. In delivering our vision to ‘improve the quality of life of everyone in South Lanarkshire’ our Priorities show how our work links with our partners including our Community Planning Partners. 

For daily updates, stories and what’s going on in your area, visit our information and news website South Lanarkshire View.

Each year we produce an Annual Performance Spotlights which summarise how we have performed in achieving our Connect Priorities. To complement these we have created a suite of individual Public Performance Reports which focus on key areas of council business. This report outlines the performance in relation to our Revenue and Costs and how this links to the outcomes of our Value to be Ambitious, self-aware and improving.

Note: Some 2020-21 performance and results were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The following performance information and indicators relating to revenues and costs measure our efficiency in processing and charging for services and collecting debts and income. Efficient use of public money becomes ever more important as budgets continue to be squeezed and funding becomes more and more scarce. Articles relating to budget setting can be found in the online news pages South Lanarkshire View and information of the Budget setting Consultations is also available on the website.

Revenues

Revenue expenditure is the cost of running services: for example salaries, electricity, supplies and minor repairs. This will be off-set by Revenue income or money received from, for example the sale of goods or services, admission fees and commissions. In 2020-21 actual revenue funding of £747 million was raised from three main sources:

  • funding from Scottish Government grants, Non domestic rates and charging for certain services - £573 million (77%)
  • Council Tax - £138 million (18%)
  • Reserves - £36 million (5%)

More on the council's revenue financial information is included in the Annual Report and Accounts.

The savings exercise is an integral part of the budget setting process, and helps the council to arrive at a balanced budget each year. Resources are asked to identify savings which can be implemented, with minimal impact to service delivery, where possible. The package has included savings arising from efficiencies, charges (both inflationary and non-inflationary) and those with a service impact. 

As part of the annual budget setting process, the council undertakes a public consultation exercise involving representatives from the People's Panel and specific interest groups like the Employee Network, Trade Unions, South Lanarkshire Youth Council, Seniors Together, the South Lanarkshire Disability Partnership and Access Panel and Lanarkshire Ethnic Minority Action Group. Online consultation for all members of the public is also carried out and publicised widely using social media. The focus of the consultation changes each year depending on the savings proposed and the budget priorities. The results from the public consultation events are advised to all elected Members. The public are also asked for their views on the budget proposals by emailing savings@southlanarkshie.gov.uk.

 

Percentage of invoices that were paid within 30 days – Target 90%

What this means 30 calendar days represents the normal credit term period by which debts should be paid. This indicator calculates how many invoices are paid within this timescale.
Why this matters This indicator allows the council to keep track of payments to ensure target is being achieved. 
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 Are we improving?
SLC 92.1% 89.5% 90.7% Yes
Scotland 92.7% 91.7% 91.8%
How we have performed in improving this public service

The percentage of invoices paid within 30 days exceeded the annual target of 90% and has improved compared with the previous year. However, it is still below the Scottish average.

Finance staff proactively discuss issues with Resources on a regular basis and work together to improve performance.

To see how we compare against other councils, the data is available on the public performance reporting tool mylocalcouncil

In South Lanarkshire, Council Tax accounts for approximately 18% of the funding required to pay for the range of services that we provide for the residents of the area. It is essential that we not only maximise this source of income by collecting as much as possible of the income due, but that we also ensure that the cost of collecting the income is kept as low as possible.

Percentage of income due from Council Tax received by the end of the tax year – Target 93.7%

What this means The amount of Council Tax actually collected is expressed as a percentage of the total amount due in the year. 
Why this matters This indicator allows efficiencies in the collection of Council Tax to be compared between years.
Our performance and how we compare Comparator 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 Are we improving?
SLC 96.2% 95.9% 95.6% No
Scotland 96.0% 95.8% 94.8%
How we have performed in improving this public service

The reduction in income received was largely due to the ongoing impact of the Covid 19 pandemic, including the suspension of recovery action for the first 4 months of 2020-21.

South Lanarkshire’s performance continues to be better than the Scottish average.

The council will continue to work to maximise council tax income collection will in 2021-22, utilising all available recovery methods. 

To see how we compare against other councils, the data is available on the public performance reporting tool my local council.

The Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF) is the result of ongoing work by various agencies including Scottish local authorities, the Improvement ServiceSOLACE and CoSLA to create a framework to enable councils to work together to develop and use performance information in a way which will help understand variations, share good practice and improve services.

The final results for Scotland for 2020-21 were published by the Improvement Service on 25 January 2022. To coincide with this, see the report detailing all our LGBF results with contextual information, comparison with the Scottish results and explanatory narrative. 

Cost indicators are detailed and explained in full under the appropriate service Public Performance Report. A summary of the indicators and the status is included below:

Cost indicators
These indicators use financial data to calculate the cost of providing services. Comparisons of performance year on year and between councils can be made using the Improvement Service’s on line tool >mylocalcouncil.
Indictor 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 Are we improving?
Cost per primary school pupil £5,513 £5,709 £5,810 No
Cost per secondary school pupil £6,897 £7,184 £7,345 No
Cost per pre-school pupil £4,614 £7,065 £8,337 No
Older persons (65+)Home care costs per hour £20.75 £23.28 £24.85 No
Average weekly cost per person (age 65+) in residential care £440 £464 £533 No
Cost per attendance at sports facilities £2.56 £2.77 £52.49 No
Cost per library visit £3.62 £3.00 £5.93 No
Cost per museum visit £2.92 £2.93 £13.14 No
Cost of parks and open spaces per 1,000 population £24,710 £25,533 £31,254 No
Net cost of waste collection per premise £79.55 £77.07 £79.87 No
Net cost of waste disposal per premise £97.90 £97.86 £110.57 No
Net cost of street cleaning per 1,000 population £17,607 £17,487 £15,610 Yes
Spend per km of road £16,903 £16,493 £19,542 Yes
Cost of trading standards per 1,000 population £3,523 £3,061 £2,836 Yes
Cost of environmental health per 1,000 population £10,587 £11,119 £12,228 No
Cost per Planning application and Building services per application £3,857 £5,118 £4,334 Yes
Investment in economic development and tourism per 1,000 population
 
£48,813 £47,216 £44,293 Yes
 (Figures correct as at January 2022) Explanatory narrative for the movements in performance above can be found in the LGBF results report for 2020-21

The council’s Annual Report and Accounts contains very detailed financial information but also a summary of highlights of the year from the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive Officer. This is audited by our external auditors Audit Scotland and we obtained a ‘clean’ audit certificate. This audit opinion and other judgements on the council’s financial sustainability and management, governance and transparency and Best Value are included in the annual Auditor's Report (AAR).

South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Annual Report outlines the work and highlights the financial information for the Leisure Trust which delivers all leisure and cultural activities on behalf of the council.

Resource Plans are prepared each year by all council Resources to outline the key developments they intend to take forward in the year. Performance and actions relating to Revenues and costs can be found in the following Resource Plans:

Twice a year, performance reports are presented to council committees on progress against the Resource Plans. In addition, reports detailing progress against the Council Plan Connect Priorities are prepared. See Quarter 2 and Quarter 4 performance reports for further information.

More information on our objectives can be found in the Council Plan Connect and also the Annual Performance Spotlights

Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF) allows councils to work together, to use performance information in a way which will help understand variations, share knowledge, expertise and good practice, with a view to making improvements. At the core of the framework is an agreed suite of performance indicators. We report the results for these indicators, over time, on the website. Additionally, you can compare our LGBF results with other councils' using the mylocalcouncil tool. Not all local authorities are alike and so family groups of eight ‘similar’ councils have been set up for comparison purposes. Workshops take place throughout the year to discuss the indicators and results – South Lanarkshire Council is actively involved in these discussions

The information contained in this report reflects the position based on the data available at the time of publication (January 2022).