Devon’s finance chief praised after steering budget into the black
Posted on: 16 May 2018
Devon County Council’s finance chief for the past nine years has been praised for delivering another budget in the black.
John Clatworthy has been deputy leader of the council since 2009 as well as finance chief.
Senior Cabinet member James McInnes said the council had been through unprecedented turmoil and austerity over the past nine years and John Clatworthy had done a fantastic job in keeping the budget in credit throughout that time.
The county council underspent by £15,000 in the 2017/18 financial year on a net revenue budget of £489 million after transfers to reserves.
“For us to be in this position after the nine years we have been through is almost unbelievable.
“I want to thank John Clatworthy for the fantastic way he has led our finances.”
Council leader John Hart said he echoed the praise for Mr Clatworthy.
Mr Clatworthy has previously praised county treasurer Mary Davis, her deputy Angie Sinclair and all their staff for their work in achieving the budget surplus.