Decision details

Plymouth Crematorium - Capital Budget Variation

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Councillor Pat Patel, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Culture, Leisure and Sport presented this item to Cabinet. 


Councillor Chris Penberthy, Chair of Performance, Finance and Customer Focus Overview and Scrutiny Committee presented recommendations from the Committee for Cabinets consideration and included:



Cabinet were encouraged to act swiftly in signing a design and build contract for the construction of the Crematorium works;



The full updated business case for the Crematorium project was submitted to the Performance, Finance and Customer Focus Overview and Scrutiny Committee to be discussed under part 2;



A governance board was established by Cabinet with cross party membership as a matter of urgency for the Crematorium project.



A ‘lessons learnt’ exercise in terms of internal processes (skills development, internal project management of major developments, etc) is initiated in order to inform future major capital projects undertaken by the Council;



The cross party work to review the capital programme agreed as part of budget setting should review the impact of rising costs and scheduling on all capital programme activity in light of lessons being learnt from the crematorium project;



That the Crematorium project is added as a standing item to the Performance, Finance and Customer Focus Overview and Scrutiny Panel until the work is successfully completed and the facility in full use;



At the 12 September 2022 Performance, Finance and Customer Focus Overview and Scrutiny Panel, a focus upon Government guidance and regulation specifically regarding council operated crematoria and budget management is held under part 2;



A site visit is scheduled for Members to see the scale of the site and works on the ground.


Cabinet agreed to:-



That Cabinet agree a virement of £13.352m from the existing FM Corporate Estate capital resources to finance the Plymouth Crematorium scheme.



That Cabinet note that the virement from the FM budget will ensure that overall capital commitments can be constrained within the existing level of the Capital Programme pending the usual review of the Programme as part of the 2023/24 budget process




Publication date: 08/08/2022

Date of decision: 07/07/2022

Decided at meeting: 07/07/2022 - Cabinet

Effective from: 15/07/2022

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