Council cuts:what would you axe?

Derbyshire County Council is asking the public to help decide where the axe should fall to meet the £94 million shortfall in its funding.

A new budget calculator puts residents in the place of council leaders to make difficult decisions on where to cut council spending.

The council must cut £22 million from its spending in 2012/13. It must also decide on the level of Council Tax to be charged from April next year – or to take advantage of the Government’s offer to freeze council tax for a second year.

And residents can experience the difficulties of balancing the books and how the decisions taken on one service will impact on another at: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/budget

Councillor John Harrison, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Finance and Management, said:

“All local authorities are experiencing tough times and in Derbyshire we’re doing our best to make the most of the cash we’ve got by continuing to cut out waste, duplication and bureaucracy.

“We’ve already made some extremely difficult decisions, including a start on reducing staffing levels by 2,000 jobs by the end of the 2014/15 financial year.

“I’ll be encouraging my fellow councillors to give serious consideration to taking advantage of the Government’s offer to freeze council tax for a second year when we meet to set next year’s budget in order to assist hard-pressed households.”

If you’re not online at home you can visit any county council library to use a computer for free.