FINANCE: Sussex Community Trust is projected to be £9.5m over budget at the end of the year.

The Sussex Commissioning Support Unit made the prediction based on provider monitoring returns for the first two months of the financial year.

The unit’s report said the community trust had a forecast variation of £9,567,000 from its budget of £130,784,903 for 2011-12.

However, the report also noted that community contracts with the Sussex cluster are block contracts and therefore the trust has no variance from the agreed plans.

The community trust is categorised as “under performing” by the cluster.