Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Council’s deputy leader meets with MP ahead of government funding cuts

09:40 29 January 2013

Steve Hearse, joint head of finance for Torridge and North Devon Councils, Deputy leader of Torridge Roger Johnson, Brandon Lewis MP and Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon.

Steve Hearse, joint head of finance for Torridge and North Devon Councils, Deputy leader of Torridge Roger Johnson, Brandon Lewis MP and Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon.

Archant

The deputy leader of Torridge District Council took a trip to London to talk about funding cuts.

THE deputy leader of Torridge District Council visited London last week for a special meeting about government cuts for local authorities.

Cllr Roger Johnson met with MP Brandon Lewis, the parliamentary under-secretary of state of the department for communities and local government, to discus the issues Torridge would have with further reductions in government funding.

Joining the meeting was local MP for Torridge and West Devon Geoffrey Cox, and Torridge and North Devon Council’s joint head of finance Steve Hearse.

Cllr Johnson said he felt the meeting has been very positive and that Mr Lewis would not forget Torridge in a hurry.

He said: “As he has responsibility for local councils throughout the country, we put the case to him about funding cuts, especially for a rural area like ours where services cost more to deliver than in urban areas.

“Issues we have here such as social deprivation, low wages, the high cost of housing and the forthcoming welfare reform were all discussed at length.

“He was quite sympathetic and asked how we as a council are trying to make savings and constantly strive to work more efficiently.”

Cllr Johnson said Mr Lewis was impressed at the way Torridge and North Devon has been sharing services, jobs and ideas, and the plans for regeneration in the area.

He added: “All in all it was a useful and successful meeting, and I believe we made an impression on him so he won’t forget the name of Torridge in a hurry.”

Geoffrey Cox added: “The minister has promised to examine the case closely for better funding for small rural and coastal districts like Torridge and understands clearly that the current funding gap between urban and rural districts cannot be sustained indefinitely.”

1 comment

  • Im not sure if people realise that those on benefits will have to pay something towards Council Tax. There is a hardship budget available in TDC but that will run out pretty quick I feel.

    Report this comment

    David Glaholm

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 08:00
Torrington May Fair 2015. Pictures: Sarah Howells

Torrington is getting ready for its Mayfair celebrations and carnival this coming week - everything you need to know here.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00
Ben Blake, Craig Huxtable, Lewis Pillman, Hettie Cook and Karen Vasey-Szwer are among a group of eight Bideford College students hoping to travel to Ecuador. Picture: Submitted

Supermarket check-out bag pack among a series of stunts carried out to raise funds for ‘life-changing’ trip to Ecuador.

Read more
Fri, 18:15
Stowford Farm Meadows

Will Stowford Farm Meadows be crowned the king of sites in the Great British Park off?

Read more
Fri, 16:33
Dave Butt, pictured during the Pilton Festival, was a staunch community champion. Picture: Barbara Fryer Photography

Hundreds pack Barnstaple Parish Church to bid farewell to community champion

Read more
Fri, 15:59

Firefighters from Barnstaple were called after reports of a smell of smoke and a fire alarm sounding.

Read more
Fri, 13:42

South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is letting people behind the scenes ahead of one of their busiest weekends.

Read more
Fri, 11:24
Councillor Sue Hayward and town clerk Will Austin outside Barnstaple Guildhall

Barnstaple Town Council has big plans for the Guildhall, but the historic building needs a bit of sprucing up first.

Read more
Fri, 08:58
Chicken hen.

Hen evades rescue attempts but appears content in adopted A39 lay-by home

Read more
Thu, 18:06
North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple

700-word response says there are ‘no red lines’ to reviewing services but ‘will not add to speculation’

Read more
Thu, 16:46

One lane of the A361 from Braunton to Barnstaple is currently closed following the single vehicle collision today (Thursday).

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications