Devon’s budget in the black for the 26th consecutive year

County Hall

Posted on: 14 June 2017

Devon County Council’s budget is in the black for the 26th consecutive year.

But the council’s deputy leader John Clatworthy is warning that a further £37 million may have to be cut from spending next year in order to balance the books.

Devon underspent by £43,000 in the 2016/17 financial year on a net revenue budget of £492.922 million.

But County Treasurer Mary Davis warned the council’s ruling Cabinet today that adult social care continued to be subject to significant financial pressures.

At the end of the year, 325 more packages of care for people with disabilities had been agreed than were budgeted for.

And across all services for older people and people with physical and learning disabilities there was a total of 10,032 care packages compared with the 9,838 budgeted for.

In her end of term report to council leaders, Mrs Davis says: “The council has dealt with an overspend of just under £10 million in People services.

“In 2016/17, the budget for children’s social work and child protection was increased by £11.4 million and expenditure has stayed within the budget.

“In 2017/18, the budget for adult social care and health has been increased by $18.7 million.

“The council must ensure that it stays within the budget set for 2017/18 and does its best to ensure that there is not a third year of overspending in social care services.”

Cllr John Clatworthy

Cllr John Clatworthy

Her warning was echoed by Mr Clatworthy who said: “Delivery is essential.

“We cannot control the demand for services for children and adults but we must control costs.”

Mr Clatworthy praised Mrs Davis and her staff for bringing the budget in on target.

“I think the man on the Clapham omnibus would say ‘well done’ to all concerned in these difficult financial times,” he said.

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