Council welcomes Rural Services Delivery Grant increase

View of countryside across North Devon and Torridge

Posted on: 10 February 2016

North Devon Council has welcomed news that a government grant is to be increased, which will help benefit rural areas like North Devon.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, MP Greg Clark, announced this week (Monday 8 February) the Rural Services Delivery Grant is to be significantly increased for the first two years (2016/17 and 2017/18).

It means, instead of £77,000 identified in the draft settlement for North Devon for 2016/17, the district is now likely to receive £308,000. Meanwhile, for 2017/18, the council is now likely to see its Rural Services Delivery Grant come in at £249,000, instead of the previously predicted £134,000.

The grant award for 2018/19 and 2019/20 has not changed, with original figures provided and in line with the amount the council has built into the medium term financial plan to 2020.

Executive Member responsible for resources, Councillor Mike Harrison, says: “This is really good news for North Devon and other rural districts. With the support of our MP, we have been lobbying hard to make our views known on the issue of low funding for rural authorities, compared to our urban neighbours. Therefore, I am glad the government has heard our voices and has taken action to try to rebalance the funding situation.”

It’s proposed the council will place the additional amount into a government funding reserve, to smooth any further government funding changes in future years.

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