All-party praise for staff as Devon County Council balances budget

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Posted on: 8 June 2016

There has been all-party praise for Devon County Council’s finance staff as the authority recorded a balanced budget for the 25th consecutive year.

The authority underspent by £35,000 in the 2015/16 financial year on a net revenue budget of £500.105 million.

The council’s deputy leader and Cabinet member for finance, John Clatworthy, praised County Treasurer Mary Davis and her staff for keeping the budget in the black.

“It is some task,” he said. “But it is the numbers that do the talking.”

Council leader John Hart said: “We have been running for seven years on reduced income and we have still managed to produce a balanced budget.

“I would add my thanks to all the officers of Devon County Council who produce this budget.”

Liberal Democrat leader Alan Connett said: “I congratulate the officers for another year which ends with a small surplus.

“Without the hard work of all the council staff, that would be hard to achieve.”

Labour deputy leader Jill Owen said staff were trying to manage the impossible with an inadequate budget.

UKIP leader Robin Julian added: “Central Government is not giving us the money to do the job.”

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