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

    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.