Prudential limits (indicators) as at March 2023
Prudential indicators as at 31 March 2023 







Vale 
South 








Original estimate 
Actual position 
Original estimate 
Actual position 


£m 
£m 
£m 
£m 
Authorised limit for external debt 





Borrowing 

30 
0 
30 
0 
Other longterm liabilities 

5 
0 
5 
0 


35 
0 
35 
0 






Operational boundary for external debt 





Borrowing 

25 
0 
25 
0 
Other longterm liabilities 

5 
0 
5 
0 


30 
0 
30 
0 
Investments 











Interest rate exposures 


Limits on fixed interest rates % 

100% 
92% 
100% 
78% 
Limits on variable interest rates £k 

100 
11 
100 
38 





Maximum principal sums invested > 364 days 


Upper limit for principal sums invested > 364 days £k 
45 
24 
65 
11 







Limit to be placed on investments to maturity 


1  2 years 

NA 
NA 
NA 
NA 
2  5 years 

NA 
NA 
NA 
NA 
5 years + 

NA 
NA 
NA 
NA 






Prudential indicators – explanatory note
Debt
There are two limits on external debt: the ‘Operational Boundary’ and the ‘Authorised Limit’. Both are consistent with the current commitments, existing plans and the proposals in the budget report for capital expenditure and financing, and with approved treasury management policy statement and practices. They are both based on estimates of most likely, but not worst case, scenario.
The key difference is that the Authorised Limit cannot be breached without prior approval of the Council. It therefore includes more headroom to take account of eventualities such as delays in generating capital receipts, forward borrowing to take advantage of attractive interest rates, use of borrowing in place of operational leasing, “invest to save” projects, occasional shortterm borrowing to cover temporary revenue cash flow shortfalls as well as an assessment of risks involved in managing cash flows.
The Operational Boundary is a more realistic indicator of the likely position.
Interest rate exposures
The maximum proportion of interest on borrowing which is subject to fixed/variable rate of interest.
Investments
Interest rate exposure
The purpose of these indicators is to set ranges that will limit exposure to interest rate movement. The indicator required by the Treasury Management Code considers the net position of borrowing and investment and is based on principal sums outstanding.
Principal sums invested
This indicator sets a limit on the level of investments that can be made for more than 364 days.