DERBYSHIRE: Chamber urges newly elected council to focus on jobs

George Cowcher Chamber of commerce
George Cowcher Chamber of commerce

COMMENTING on the results of the Derbyshire County Council elections, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, is urging those in power to prioritise working on the right economic conditions to create jobs.

He said: “Businesses believe that creating the right economic conditions to encourage local job creation and growth should be high on the list of priorities for all Local Authorities following yesterday’s election.

“With the UK economy still in recovery and the constant need to review spending, difficult decisions will still need to be made to reduce the deficit and rebalance the books.

“The issue is how this is dealt with locally and whether or not councillors make spending decisions which reflect what local people are looking for and what the economy needs. As such, each Local Authority must prioritise the needs of its residents and economy.”

Mr Gowcher stressed the chamber will, on behalf of its members and the wider business community, seek to work constructively with the new leadership at Derbyshire County Council to ensure the voice of local business is both heard and carefully considered at all stages of the decision-making process.

Labour Party members took control of the former Conservative-led county council with a landslide victory winning 43 seats after votes were cast, on Thursday, May 2.