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Further cuts to region’s services as council looks to save £1.1m

14:31 04 February 2014

More spending cuts are looming...

More spending cuts are looming...

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NDC Executive recommends revenue budget for 2014-15.

WASTE and recycling and property and technical services are facing large-scale cuts as North Devon Council looks to make a £1.1million saving on its services spending.

Waste and Recycling will be hit hardest, with changes and remodelling of rounds contributing to £400,000 of spending cuts.

Property and technical services will also see their budget cut by more than a quarter of a million, including a £100,000 cut to North Devon Theatres’ Trust.

The council’s revenue budget for 2014-15 was recommended by their Executive today (Tuesday), and will be brought before a full council meeting on February 26.

Funding for the area’s economic delivery agency North Devon + will also be slashed by £40,000.

The North Devon Festival grant will be dashed to the tune of £35,000, while parish grants will be cut by a similar amount.

In the three years to 2013-14, the council has reduced its budget by £3million to £12.142million – resulting in 70 fewer staff.

The 2014-15 budget, which is set to be reduced by a further four per cent to £11.688million, could signal further job losses.

Before today’s meeting of the Executive, council leader Cllr Brian Greenslade said: “I’m not really happy with the budget as it produces further substantial cuts through cuts in the government grant, but hopefully we’re making the best of it.

“The other difficult issue is that the government would normally have produced their grant figure by now, but we won’t find out until February 12 so we may have to come back and make adjustments.

“I can’t say there will be no further job losses as we have to make considerable savings but there will be no list of redundancies.

“I think the savings target for waste and recycling is achievable. We have been able to start to re-organise how we do things and the costs will reduce because we’ll be operating in a different way with fewer people, but again there won’t be a big number of redundancies.”

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