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To the average person, the structure of local government can be quite bewildering. In an ideal world public services would be provided by one organisation but the reality is much more complicated.

There are different types of council:

  • Parish
  • Town
  • District
  • Borough
  • County
  • Unitary

We are a district council and we provide a range of services for people who live and work in East Devon and those visiting the area.

The money collected through council tax is distributed across a number of local public organisations.

We collect council tax and use eight per cent of this to pay for services including refuse collection and kerbside recycling, housing, planning, street cleaning and leisure.

Devon County Council uses 74 per cent of council tax we collect to provide education, roads, care for older people and people with disabilities, child protection, youth services, libraries, recycling centres and waste disposal.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall use 11 per cent of council tax to provide law and order and crime reduction.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority uses five per cent of council tax to provide fire prevention and fire and rescue services.

Your local town and parish councils use council tax to provide local amenities.

Devon County Council is responsible for providing the services below.

  1. Adult social care
  2. Adult social services
  3. Abnormal loads
  4. Adopted roads and highways
  5. Adoption
  6. Archives
  7. Asbestos removal
  8. Blue badge for disabled parking
  9. Bridges
  10. Carers support
  11. Child protection
  12. Children social services
  13. Citizenship
  14. Civil partnership
  15. Community transport
  16. The National Bus Pass scheme (bus passes)
  17. Cycle Devon
  18. Dangerous structures and walls
  19. Devon Access Wallet
  20. Devon registration service (register births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships, citizenship, gender recognition)
  21. Family support
  22. Fostering
  23. Grass verges
  24. Highways maintenance
  25. Independent living
  26. Libraries
  27. Local studies
  28. Made in Devon scheme
  29. Manholes and drain covers
  30. Mineral extraction, mining and quarrying
  31. Mobile libraries
  32. Park and Ride
  33. Pavements (footway) maintenance
  34. Pedestrian crossings
  35. Potholes
  36. Public rights of way
  37. Public transport
  38. Residential homes
  39. Road cleaning
  40. Road gritting
  41. Road works
  42. Safeguarding adults
  43. Safeguarding children
  44. Schools
  45. Snow clearance
  46. Strategic planning
  47. Street lights
  48. Trading standards
  49. Traffic management
  50. Wildlife
  51. Youth offending team
  52. Youth service