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Derbyshire County Council to debate council tax rise.

Derbyshire County Council Credit: Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire County Council will meet today to discuss how it can reduce its spending by a third between 2013 and 2018.

Council tax could rise by as much as 2% as the authority's funding from central Government falls.

The authority hopes to raise £5 million under the plans.

It needs to save £45 million from its budget over the next financial year and £157 million by 2018.

Other proposals include cuts to adult care and economy and transport initiatives.

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NFU stage dairy debate in Staffordshire

A debate on falling milk prices and the challenges faced by local dairy farmers will be held in Staffordshire today.

The price of milk has fallen to its lowest since 2007 Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The event has been organised by the National Farmers Union which says the number of dairy farmers will continue to decrease unless market conditions improve.

Farmers have seen the price of milk fall to around 20p per litre - its lowest since 2007.

Four authorities launch fair funding campaign

Four authorities have come together to launch a campaign for fair government funding.

Nottingham is the ninth hardest hit authority in the country Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire say spending cuts in their areas are higher compared to those made in more affluent ones.

Nottingham is the ninth hardest hit authority in the country.

A petition is being organised which will then be presented to Parliament.

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Loughborough teen to mark 750 years of Parliament

A teenager from Loughborough will join MPs and other dignitaries in a ceremony to mark the 750th anniversary of the English Parliament.

Rina Roy

Rina Roy is one of 6 youngsters chosen from across the country to head to Westminster for the unique celebration.

"I think it's really special, it's once in a lifetime, it's very educational.

I really want to find out a bit more about the 750th anniversary of de Montfort Parliament.

I feel really very privileged to have been chosen out of 400 people. "

– Rina Roy
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