Like all councils, East Devon District Council faces a difficult financial situation and going forward will need to make ‘careful choices’ as it works towards bridging a £2.7 million funding gap over the next 4 years. Budgets have decreased due to cuts in central government funding and over the last decade, the council has lost 60p in every £1 of government funding.

These reductions coupled with rising demands on our services, continue to impact everything we do.

‘Careful choices’ is about achieving a shared understanding of the services which the council has to provide even though the Government is no longer funding them. It’s also about protecting, as best we can, other services which people care most about. The council wants your help to make these choices, so we’re asking for your views to help inform decision making by the council.

We’ve already taken significant steps to deal with the reductions in our finances; compared with 10 years ago, we’ve reduced the cost of running our quality services by a total of £4.4 million.  We’re also making progress towards bridging the funding gap by:

  • actively assessing commercial investment opportunities and ways we can create income from the assets we own;
  • generating more income through services such as green waste collections;
  • making organisational changes to ensure we are ‘fit for purpose’ to deliver the Council Plan;
  • going digital to deliver services as cost effectively as possible.

We're confident we can work together to make these careful choices. 3,000 randomly selected East Devon households have received a copy of the Careful Choices questionnaire in the post. However, we want to hear from other East Devon residents that would like to have their say.

Watch the Careful Choices short video 

Fill in the Careful Choices questionnaire by 5pm on 9 March 2020.

As a thank you for your time, there is a draw to enter with a prize of £100. We’ll publish the results online and send them to you if you request this.

Thanks for your time – we’ll be sure to tell you what we are doing as a result of this survey.

If you would like this information and / or the questionnaire sending in the post, in large print or any other format please call us on 01395 517569 or e-mail