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Annual Plan 2022 – 2023

Recovering and rebuilding quickly and inclusively

During the year ahead we will continue to tackle the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and address the challenges affecting individuals, families and local businesses across Devon. These are being compounded by fuel and food inflation and the cost-of-living crisis. The Council and its partners have a lot of work to do to help people recover and rebuild quickly and inclusively. We will be putting families at the heart of everything we do and working towards our ambition as a whole council to be Child Friendly Devon.

Our annual plan

This is our first annual action plan in support of our four year strategic plan for Devon. It outlines key activity for 2022/23 and shows what we will do to help the County to recover and rebuild quickly and inclusively and to help people and communities to meet the significant challenges we all face.
Councillor John Hart

Tackling the longer-term impacts of Covid-19 will continue to be a priority for us, and for Team Devon. Looking ahead over the next twelve months we are facing global and local uncertainties about the economy, the cost of living and the affordability & availability of housing… Over the coming year we will be focussing on what we need to do for people of Devon and help everyone through the challenges ahead.
John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council

Foreword and introduction

Our key areas of focus

Making a child friendly Devon

Helping children and young people to bounce back and access opportunities to do well

To help and support our children and young people to bounce back after the pandemic with more young people able to access opportunities to do well and fulfil their potential

What we will do and how we will measure it

Tackling poverty and inequality

Helping people and families struggling to cope

To give extra help and support to vulnerable people and families disproportionately affected by the pandemic or struggling to cope with poverty, inequality and the emerging cost-of-living crisis

What we will do and how we will measure it

Supporting recovery and growth

Helping businesses and our economy to recover

To support Devon’s businesses to survive and recover and help to drive local economic opportunities that benefit everyone and generate inclusive and sustainable growth

What we will do and how we will measure it

Supporting people and communities

Helping our communities respond to local challenges

To help our local communities to build on their excellent Covid response and continue to respond to local challenges including welcoming refugees from Ukraine and other places

What we will do and how we will measure it

Improving health and wellbeing

Creating a more sustainable and resilient care sector

To help create a more sustainable and resilient care sector in support of vulnerable adults as a key part of our local health system

What we will do and how we will measure it

Making Devon greener

Prioritising sustainable travel, transport and energy efficiency

To prioritise sustainable travel and transport, and help people adapt to climate change by supporting the transition to low emission vehicles and helping low-income homeowners to improve energy efficiency

What we will do and how we will measure it

How we will work targets:

  • Protecting children

    To improve how we protect children at risk and support families of children with additional needs

  • Reset how we work

    To take the opportunity to reset the way the Council works to be more inclusive, effective and innovative

  • Embrace diversity

    To embrace our diverse workforce and ensure an inclusive and safe environment for all


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