Council to spend cash

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Extra money is to be spent by the Peak District National Park Authority supporting the local economy, communities and the environment, despite budget cuts.

The authority has to make cuts of £1.8 million over four years from its £7.8 million budget. In 2012/13 the authority needs to make permanent savings of £354,000 towards the four-year total.

But they say key areas will see £442,000 spent, raised through what they describe as “efficiency savings” and “higher-than-expected income”.

Work will include managing unsurfaced countryside routes, supporting community projects, village plans, employing a rural business advisor for two years and helping create 50 apprenticeship jobs for young people.