Have your say on county's budget

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 15 June 2010

DEVON residents are having their say on how Devon County Council allocates its budget for the next financial year. A series of consultation meetings across the county involving people of all ages have so far indicated that the council should make greater

DEVON residents are having their say on how Devon County Council allocates its budget for the next financial year.A series of consultation meetings across the county involving people of all ages have so far indicated that the council should make greater investment in community transport, youth work, youth offending services, caring for people in their own homes, free school meals and waste minimisation.These priorities have come from budget consultation focus group meetings in Barnstaple, Okehampton, Newton Abbot, Tiverton and Exeter.Representatives from the business community, voluntary sector, trade unions, youth councils and Devon's new senior council have all had their say.Areas of less priority included home to school transport, country parks, secondary schools, special schools, street lighting and residential homes for the elderly.DCC leader Councillor Brian Greenslade said: "The public consultation we do is just part of our efforts to involve as many residents, groups and organisations as possible in the run up to the council setting the new budget for Devon next month."The consultation work is vital because although we can't always deliver everything people want, this information is essential to help us make our decisions."The budget consultation pages of the county council's website can be accessed from the homepage at www.devon.gov.ukDevon residents are invited to have their say before the council sets its budget at a meeting on Thursday, February 14.

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