Brian Greenslade expresses 'huge disappointment' over proposed North Devon funding cuts
Leader of North Devon Council, Brian Greenslade, has written to central government expressing his disappointment about their under funding of the North Devon area.
His letter to Andrew Lock, from the Department of Communities and Local Government, relates to the provisional local finance settlement for North Devon, which dictates how NDC will operate in 2013 and 2014.
It is planned that the grant settlement for North Devon in 2013/2014 will be £5.374 million compared to £5.714 million for 2012/2013.
This equates to a 6 percent reduction.
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Then in the following financial year of 2014/2015 a 17 percent reduction is planned with the grant dropping to £4.471 million.
In his letter Mr Greenslade says: "I had been eagerly awaiting sight of how government would respond and allow for these financial improvements within the provisional settlement. I was therefore hugely disappointed to learn that our residents have been let down yet again.
"I feel deeply saddened that having recognised that the residents of North Devon deserve greater financial support they have again received a disproportionate share of national resources.
"This historic under funding of rural areas means that the range and level of services provided in North Devon is much lower and more expensive than in urban areas before the introduction of the austerity measures. This is despite rural residents paying more in council tax. The impact of the austerity measures has therefore been much greater in rural areas."
Mr Greenslade goes on to request that the provisional settlement be reviewed and amended in order to provide fairer funding for North Devon.