Cornwall Council's saving plans include about £12m cuts from adult care and health
Protests from the young and old are expected outside County Hall in Exeter this afternoon as Devon County Council slashes £27 million.
West Country bishops have urged the Government to tackle the UK's 'hunger crisis', saying it has a 'moral imperative' to act.
A group campaigning for better transport links to the Isles of Scilly has been giving evidence to MPs today.
The Friends of Isles of Scilly Transport want government help to maintain the ferry link, and to re-instate the helicopter service.
The Transport Select Committee was also told the high cost of sea and air fares was hurting tourism.
Protesters gathered at Devon County Council's headquarters in Exeter today where in the last few minutes cuts of 28 million pounds have been approved. Youth centres and facilities for the elderly are facing closure. And Council tax is to go up by 1.9 per cent. John Andrews reports.
Youngsters concerned about cuts to council budgets which may affect youth services have been protesting at County Hall in Exeter.
They've also been joined by anti badger culling protesters who have also gathered over the culling on council owned land.
The following are a selection of viewers' comments taken from the ITV West Country Facebook page.
– Alan Cottrell
If you went through the last war and survived during the fifties when there was a real food shortage then you'd know what it was really like. People today throw away so much food that can be used.
– Ian Lovell
Always find it funny how religious leaders are always answering questions nobody was asking of them. When they are properly elected government officials they can make demands. Until then, their opinions carry no more weight than yours or mine. However, as leaders of such large organisations, if they want to take the responsibility of helping out and giving money and/or services for charitable purposes (as you or I could equally do if we had the time or money), then that would be very commendable.
– Yvon Abbott
I am nearly 60, so was brought up in a home without central heating, knew what it was to survive off jam sandwiches if Dad's pay did not stretch to a whole week, did not have any luxury goods at all. I feel less inclined to have sympathy when people buy beer and cigarettes before food and then go down the food banks for their groceries. Welfare was set up surely as a safety net rather than a way of life. I am really sorry for genuine cases who are struggling, but [...] it does not help when headlines show families on welfare getting five times my income and I still work to support myself.
The Bishops of Truro and Taunton have joined other senior clergy in urging the Government to reconsider welfare cuts, saying the system's failures and cut backs have led to an increase in people using food banks.
Their letter, signed by 24 Anglican bishops, as well as senior clergy from other denominations, says the Government must ensure the welfare system provides an adequate safety net, and that salaries are high enough for a decent standard of living.
Somerset County Council has announced that Chief Executive Sheila Wheeler has left the Council by mutual agreement.
The council issued this statement;
Sheila’s arrival at the Council in February 2010 coincided with the first austerity measures coming into force resulting in major budget cuts. She led the Council through a prolonged period where significant service and staffing reductions had to be made.
Sheila has also brought major changes to the way the Council operates and is run and we wish her well for the future.
– Somerset County Council
Until a replacement is appointed, Patrick Flaherty the Deputy Chief Executive will serve as the Acting Chief Executive. Patrick is a long standing member of staff at the Council and during the last few weeks has ably led the Council’s response to the flood crisis.