Council leaders are united in the fight against cuts

Council leaders have vowed to continue the fight for a fair funding deal for Derbyshire – despite being denied a meeting with a leading Government minister.

Derbyshire County Council Leader Councillor Anne Western joined forces with Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, of High Peak Borough Council, and the leaders of four other council’s in the county to write to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to call for a meeting.

Cllr Western coordinated the joint action following new figures which show the county council faced a further £30million of cuts on top of a hefty £127million reduction already scheduled over the next five years.

Mr Pickles turned down the request for a meeting and instead suggested the Derbyshire councils put their points in writing as part of a wider consultation.

Councillor Western said: “All we’re asking for is a fair deal for the people of Derbyshire and requested a meeting with Mr Pickles to explain the devastating impact these cuts will have on people living across the county.

“Turning down the request of six Derbyshire councils for a face–to–face meeting to discuss our concerns is both disappointing and frustrating.

“We simply cannot keep taking hit after hit.”