Leaked letter reveals years of cuts and council tax rises in Devon
A leaked letter has revealed "devastating" cuts to services and years of council tax hikes are in store for Devon.
The leader of the county council says economic development projects, youth services and libraries are under threat. It comes after £100m in budget cuts and 5,000 job losses in Devon - with the prospect of another £100m in cuts to come.
The claims have been made in a letter from John Hart, leader of the Conservative-controlled council, to Eric Pickles, the Government's Communities Secretary.
Mr Hart says in the letter obtained by the BBC: "The impact of your spending review has not been accurately portrayed."
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He ends the letter warning: "We cannot make these extra savings without reducing substantially the services we offer to the people of Devon."
A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "Councils account for a quarter of all public spending and councils are forecast to spend £102bn this year, up on the year before.
"Every bit of the public sector needs to keep doing its bit to pay off the inherited deficit, and the government has secured a good deal for local government, including freezing council tax for a further two years.
"Councils can do more to recover the £2bn a year of uncollected council tax, reduce the £2bn lost to fraud and error and use £19bn of reserves."