Bigger cut to council budget is on cards

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SHOCK figures revealed by the Government suggest Derbyshire County Council’s (DCC) £127m cuts target will soar by an extra £30m over the next five years.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has indicated it will hit the Labour-led authority with a 27.6 per cent cut in support grant between 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016 − costing the council £21.2m more than expected.

Further announcements that will impact on DCC’s budget include changes to National Insurance contributions, further limits on council tax, top-slicing the New Homes Bonus and cuts to the Education Support Grant − costing the authority £9.8 million in total.

DCC leader Cllr Anne Western said: “The Government is making it almost impossible for councils to deliver even a basic level of service − important services that our communities rely on.

“Together we stand a better chance of being listened to. But a budget hole of this size will mean the end of some services − there’s no way to avoid them.

“But we will consult and talk to local people throughout so they have the chance to help shape what we do.”