County’s five-year drive to cut costs is paying off

15:11 03 February 2014

Archant

Staff costs at County Hall have been slashed dramatically over the past five years.

The news comes as the county authority strives to save cash.

Devon County Council’s overall staff costs have fallen from just under one third of the authority’s overall budget to well below a quarter.

New figures show that staff costs accounted for 32 per cent of the budget in 2009-10. In the current financial year they will account for 24 per cent, and in 2014-15 they will fall again to 23.5 per cent.

Devon now has 4,599 full-time employees.

County council leader John Hart said: “These new figures, which have been produced as part of our budget process, demonstrate that we have kept our promises.

“We have looked at every area of our work in an effort to reduce costs to the residents of Devon.”

He said a jobs freeze had led to employee numbers falling by almost 3,000, thereby avoiding the need for large-scale redundancies.

He added: We also cut our management costs dramatically. We don’t have middle managers reporting to senior managers now.

“We’ve slimmed down the organisation and made it easier for our front-line staff to get on with their jobs without constantly referring decisions upwards. We’ve introduced partnership working with other authorities to maintain services but cut bureaucracy and administration costs such as our link-up with Somerset County Council to provide trading services.

“And we have entered into effective joint partnership agreements with organisations such as Devon Norse to provide cleaning and catering services and Babcock LDP to provide support services for our schools.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

23 minutes ago
Students for Plymouth Uni joined volunteers helping weeding and planting new blooms at the Topsham train station on Saturday. Ref ext 6713-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Volunteers from Topsham were joined by students from Plymouth University as they cleaned up the flowerbeds at the town’s railway station.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:53
Katy Gooding outside her shop in Budleigh. Ref exb 7383-22-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A Budleigh shop owner is asking for public support after being nominated for a national award.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00
Sue Stoneman's culinary talents will be available for all to see as she appears on television next week. Ref exe 7722-22-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

An Exmouth cook will be showing off her culinary skills on a BBC cooking show next week.

Read more
Thu, 15:35
Bassetts Farm primary school headteacher Sarah Bennett is pictured with some of her children celebrating their recenty Ofsted success. Ref exe 7302-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

An Exmouth primary school is celebrating after it received a ‘good’ rating in a recent Ofsted report.

Read more
Thu, 11:33
Rotakids at Marpool primary school presented NSPCC Schools Organiser Roisin Turley with £2001.79 which was raised by a school hula hoop event. The event was also used to help promote the awareness of the chairty which includes Childline. Ref exe 7311-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A hula hoop event held by the Rotakids at Marpool School raised more than £2,000 for the NSPCC.

Read more
Thu, 09:51

Exmouth Community College is celebrating after being given £2.4million for new classrooms.

Read more
Thu, 09:46
Lizzie German from Budleigh will be attending the international UN climate talks in Paris in December as part of the UK youth delegation. Ref exb lizzie2 Picture: submitted

A Budleigh student is preparing to help make young people’s voices heard on the world stage, as leaders debate the planet’s response to climate change.

Read more
Thu, 09:44
The 2016 Exmouth in Bloom calendar was offically launched at the World of Country Life this week. Ref exe 7129-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The 2016 calendar, sponsored by the leisure park, is one of Exmouth in Bloom’s biggest fundraisers and will pay for new flower displays around the town.

Read more
Wed, 18:30
Fashion show

Exmouth Players is hosting a fashion show in early June as a fundraiser to help refurbish the green room and kitchen at the Blackmore Theatre in Exmouth’s Bicton Street.

Read more
Wed, 10:21
Exmouth Kite Festival. Ref exe 7249-23-09AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The Exmouth Kite Festival returns to the Imperial Recreation Ground at the end of the month, following a two-year break.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder