Devon have approved a council tax rise of nearly five per cent to fund a big boost in spending on the elderly, the vulnerable and the county’s roads.
The unfair funding of rural counties over urban areas has been condemned by the deputy leader of Devon County Council.The annual budget meeting agreed a 4.99 per cent council tax increase by 39 votes to 15.
It will add £63.27 to the average Band D bill or just over £1.20 a week.
But it will mean more money for hard-pressed adult care and health, services for vulnerable children and vital road maintenance.
The budget provides an extra £13 million for adult care and health on top of the extra £2.2 million the Government announced last week to support adult social care in Devon.
There will also be an increase in spending for children’s services of £6.5 million with another £6.5 million for patching, drainage, potholes and other road maintenance work.
The total revenue budget for the county for 2018/19 will be £477.391 million.
Council leader John Hart said: “This budget is well thought through, practical and right for Devon".