Schools: Deficit Recovery (Melanie Ellis)
Melanie Ellis introduced the report (Agenda Item 13) which provided details on schools in deficit.
Four schools had submitted a West Berkshire Council Deficit Budget License Application for 2019/20. All four had licensed deficits in the financial year 2018/19.
All four schools had submitted their Period Nine Budget Monitoring and Forecast report, which had been reviewed by the Schools’ Accountancy Team and feedback had been provided. Three of the schools were in a better financial position and one in a worse position than budgeted.
Melanie Ellis moved onto section four, which detailed schools ending 2018/19 with an unlicensed deficit. Both of the schools in question were forecasting not to be in deficit by the end of 2019/20.
Graham Spellman commented that given the difficulties schools were facing it was a remarkable achievement that only two schools had ended 2018/19 with an unlicensed deficit.
RESOLVED that the Schools’ Forum noted the report.