Government under fire as crunch budget debate may be delayed

Anne Western.

Anne Western.

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A crunch meeting to rubber stamp spending cuts and a council tax hike in Derbyshire may have to be postponed.

Derbyshire County Council (DCC) proposals to slash almost £40million from its budget during the next year while increasing the tax charge by 1.99 per cent are due to be formally approved at a debate next week.

However, that meeting may have to be held at a later date as the Labour-led authority – which will axe a total of 1,600 jobs – is still awaiting Government guidance to determine whether a referendum will be needed to raise council tax by 1.99 per cent. DCC leader Councillor Anne Western told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday that the Government was holding the budget process up.


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