County praised for report

NORTH Yorkshire County Council has been praised by external auditors for its financial processes.

Its latest budget monitoring report has shown the council continues to exercise rigorous budgetary control in order to find the required £69 million in savings to meet Government cuts.

The report, which goes before the county council’s Executive next week, shows that the council is currently running at £8 million ahead of schedule in the first six months of the year.

County Councillor John Weighell, North Yorkshire’s leader, said: “It is only through making this level of saving that we can protect the needs of service users in the months and years ahead.

“We understand that these are very difficult times for everybody but we believe that our financial vigilance means we are in a better position to meet these challenges and to continue to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.”