Council welcomes extra funding for social care and schools

Posted on: 8 March 2017

Devon County Council has welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budget announcement today (Wednesday 8 March), promising extra funding for adult social care and schools.

The Council’s leader John Hart said:

“I very much welcome the extra money for social care for our elderly and vulnerable and I hope that will be channelled through local authorities which will be able to use it effectively and efficiently.

“We already have the same proportion of over-85 residents in Devon as the rest of the country will have in 2030. So we welcome the promise of a Green Paper on closer ties between the NHS and local councils.

“I was also pleased to see extra money for new schools which we are already planning for in Devon to meet the needs of our growing population. But the fact remains there was no new help for the revenue budgets of our schools when every child in Devon is still worth £290 less than the national average. That’s in spite of our previous campaigns for fair funding securing an extra £16 million a year for schools in Devon.

“And again, we do not seem to be getting our fair share of the money that is available nationally for our roads and railways and other infrastructure improvements. So I will continue to campaign for the people of Devon to receive a fair share of the money that is available.”

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