“… A spokesman said Devon County Council’s budget, which will be debated next month, calls for an extra £18.8million for adult health and social care – almost 10% up – to cope with the increasing demand and recognise that Devon has significantly more over- 65s and over-85s who need care and support.
The increase would take the total social care and health budget to £216.5 million.
In all, the target revenue budget for 2017/18 would be £459.5 million.
‘We must step up to the plate’
Council leader John Hart said: “Health and social care is under immense pressure both in Devon and nationally.
“We must step up to the plate. Devon has one of the highest proportions of people over 65 and people over 85 and they need and deserve our help and support.
“So despite the continuing austerity agenda from the Government, we have found extra money for these vital services.
“We have always said our priority is to protect the most vulnerable in our society and I believe this target budget will help to do that.
“That’s why we are also increasing the budget for children’s services again following on from big increases there previously.”