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.
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.
South Hams district council's recycling and waste team is starting it's road show later to advise people on how to prevent food waste and help the environment. They say 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink is thrown away every year.