• "This is a really tight budget and it's getting harder to find savings. This is the hardest one so far." Those were the words of Jennie Stephens, Devon County Council’s chief officer for adult care and health, at last week’s Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee meeting. This next financial year (20/21) is the first without core government funding. Instead, the new Conservative government has offered a series of one off grants, totalling around a 10 per cent increase. They were by all accounts better than anticipated but a decade of austerity has taken its toll. The [...]

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