May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Devolution has played a part in our lives at North Devon District as I previously highlighted in the my piece on 4th December. Our resent settlement from Central Government has resulted in a reduction of £750,000 which amounts to a 15% cut to our budget. As we were aware that the cuts could be anything from 10% to 15%, we have reviewed informally how we would deal with this.
With a cut of this kind, one can hardly expect a council to absorb this year on year without taking measures to reduce the impact. Therefore, we will need to consider how we supply services, especially non-mandatory ones, as well as discretionary grants.
No decisions have yet been made on any of this, with the challenges to first be considered by the Executive and then full Council. However, our priority will be to maintain our front line service and continue to offer the best possible service for North Devon. I will write more on this in the New Year.