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South Hams to introduce new council tax system

Some residents in South Hams could find themselves paying council tax for the first time. As part of the Government's welfare reforms, councils must design their own council tax reduction scheme for working-age people who are not working, or are on a low income.

Reduced funding means that all claimants will have to make some contribution. The scheme was approved after an 8 week consultation with residents, and will begin in April 2014.

Warnings for dog owners in South Devon

Dog owners in South Hams are being warned to keep their pets away from a white substance that's washed up along the Salcombe Estuary.

The Palm Oil like material is similar to the substance found on Cornish beaches in October. The council say teams will be out to clear the North and South Sands beaches this morning.

South Hams council says teams will clean up North and South Sands beaches today.

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Full report: Council cuts could result in job losses

Two Devon councils are facing cuts which could mean a quarter of their office staff are made redundant. The South Hams and West Devon authorities say cuts in government grants leave them with a gap of nearly five million pounds.

The two councils have already joined forces to make savings in services and senior staff. Now they say serious job cuts are the only way to stay within government rules. John Andrews reports.

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