VideoCouncil Leader John Hart talks about pressures on the Council’s budget

Posted on: 21 January 2016

Devon County Council will spend more on children’s and adults’ service this year.

The Cabinet has agreed a £16 million boost for services for people.

But there’ll be cuts in highways and associated services.

Council Leader John Hart says it’s getting more and more difficult to balance the books in the face of continuing Government spending cuts.

Cllr Hart says Government spending cuts mean he can’t maintain all the county’s roads and pavements as well as he used to.

He says Devon has to target its scarce resources at repairing the main roads as they take 80 per cent of the traffic.

But standards elsewhere may suffer.

Council taxpers in Devon could face a rise of almost four per cent in their bills this year.

The county council is planning to raise its general rate by 1.99 per cent.

But it’s accepted the Government’s offer to add another two per cent to bills to help pay for adult care.

That will mean an average Band D householder paying an extra £46 a year.

Council Leader John Hart says people may well argue they’re being asked to pay more for less.

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