FINANCE: Hertfordshire Community Trust expects to end the year with a surplus of £1.05m against a plan of £1.23m.

The shortfall is put down to overspending in some areas but also problems in reaching cost improvement programme targets. A report to the board also notes that the foundation trust application has cost £0.58m this year – but there were also significant overspends on printer cartridges (£53,000), subscriptions (£36,000) and telephone costs (£87,000).