DCC voluntary service cuts halved

PUBLISHED: 13:39 18 February 2011 | UPDATED: 13:39 18 February 2011

PROPOSED cuts to Devon’s voluntary services have been halved by county bosses wielding the axe.

PROPOSED cuts to Devon’s voluntary services have been halved by county bosses wielding the axe.

Devon County Council’s (DCC) original proposals for next year outlined an average 23per cent reduction in funding, which would have seen the budget reduced by around £160,000.

Now councillors have agreed to increase the draft budget by £80,000, which represents an average 11.5per cent cut.

The Citizens Advice Bureau and the Council for Voluntary Services will each receive £40,000 of this additional funding.

DCC must save £54.6million in the next financial year.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, DCC cabinet member for workforce, performance and communications, said: “No area of the Council’s expenditure can be immune from cuts. However, we recognise the importance of the valuable work the voluntary and community sector carries out and have listened to their concerns about the impact of funding cuts on our communities.”

A proposed budget was due to go before DCC’s full council as the Herald went to press yesterday.


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