‘We will deliver, despite the cuts’

North Yorkshire County Council has pledged to deliver the best possible service despite millions of pounds in cuts to its budgets.

The newly-published Council Plan 2011-14 sets out the authority’s priorities for the next three years and shows how it will address them.

In their introduction to the plan, council leader John Weighell and chief executive Richard Flinton acknowledge that the Government’s measures to tackle the national debt crisis are having a severe impact on council’s budget.

“This situation may not be of the council’s making”, they said.

“But we must live with the consequences and ensure we make the right decisions, even when these are difficult.”

The council acknowledges that delivering and co-ordinating services requires certain support systems to be in place.

But the two men at the head of the council added: “We realise that every pound spent on running the council is a pound that is not spent on front-line services.

“We will continue to minimise and reduce the cost of running the council, do everything we can to be as efficient as possible and get the best value from our assets while continuing to deliver our services.”

The full council plan can be found online at www.northyorks.gov.uk/councilplan.