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Derbyshire County Council to meet over £70m budget cuts

Derbyshire County Council says it needs to cut £157m from its budget by 2018
Derbyshire County Council says it needs to cut £157m from its budget by 2018 Credit: ITV News Central

Derbyshire County Council's cabinet will today meet to discuss budget cuts of up to £70m over the next three years.

The council says it needs to cut £157m from its budget by 2018 following a loss in Government grants.

If the proposals go ahead it says there could be a loss of around 2,000 jobs over the next three years in addition to the 1,600 jobs cuts announced last year.

The council does say every effort will be made to avoid compulsory redundancies by not replacing staff who leave and offering voluntary redundancy.

Services that could be reduced over the next three years include cuts to Direct Care (the council's social care workers scheme), the closure of up to 23 children's centres, removal of school crossing patrols in 2015, the gritting of fewer roads and reduced staffing for libraries.

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Derbyshire County Council announce council tax increase

Derbyshire County Council have met today, announcing an increase in council tax of nearly two percent.

Derbyshire County Council met earlier today to discuss how they could save £150million... Credit: ITV Central

In a bid to save over £150million over the next four years, Derbyshire's Councillor's say the increase of 1.99% is the biggest rise in tax they can make without triggering a referendum.

The council announced they would be increasing council tax by nearly two percent... Credit: ITV Central

Derbyshire mobile library service under threat of cuts

A consultation is starting today on changes to Derbyshire's mobile library service Credit: Press Association Images

A consultation starts today on proposed changes to Derbyshire County Council's mobile library service. The authority has to save £157 million by 2018 because of government cuts. It means some services will remain, some will be run differently and some will have to stop.

It costs the council £720,000 a year to run its mobile library service which currently employs the equivalent of 18 full time staff.

£157m proposed cuts at Derbyshire County Council approved

The proposed cuts were approved at a cabinet meeting Credit: ITV News Central

Proposed cuts of more than a £157 million to services have been approved at a Derbyshire County Council cabinet meeting.

Council officers have suggested proposed cuts to jobs, increasing charges for services and a consultation on closures of some centres including libraries to save money.

Cuts to jobs have been suggested by council officers Credit: ITV News Central

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1600 jobs to be cut at Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire County Council has announced plans to cut 1600 jobs and a complete review of the services it offers. The Labour-run administration says it needs to find £157 million over five years after the Government reduced its funding.

Some council buildings may have to be sold and services reduced or reviewed. The new Labour administration - only in office for four months - will have to consider cutbacks in every area of the council. It comes after similar announcements in Nottinghamshire.

Derbyshire potholes to be filled in

Potholes are caused when water freezes and expands. Credit: PA

More than £800,000 is being spent fixing potholes on roads across Derbyshire.

County councillors agreed to the funding at a cabinet meeting last night. The money is coming from a share of £4million pounds for emergency repairs from the Government.

In neighbouring Nottinghamshire, the County Council has recorded tens of thousands of potholes since April 2012 - and expects the total figure to reach 32,443 by April 1st 2013.

In 2011-2012, Nottingham City Council spent £90,000 fixing around 2,500 potholes. So far this year it's only fixed 1,032 at a cost of £62,662.

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