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.

Cllr John Clatworthy

Cllr John Clatworthy

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.

Councillor McInnes said: “In the last nine years we have been through unprecedented turmoil.

“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.

“Many people don’t realise Devon County Council is a big business with major inputs into the economy of this county,” he said.

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.

1 comment on “Devon’s finance chief praised after steering budget into the black

  1. M says:

    Nice to see that the front line workers who have to deliver the cuts and face the families that bear the brunt of austerity are mentioned. No acknowledgement for the difficult role they have to carry out in delivering the news.

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