Yet another 600 council jobs to go?

A £25 MILLION cut in the budget and the loss of 600 jobs is being proposed by Derbyshire County Council.

The proposals, which include a freeze in council tax for the second year, will go before the Council on February 1.

The savings for 2012/2013 are on top of savings of around £45 million and 800 job losses made in the past two years.

The council aims to protect frontline services and jobs where possible through more efficient ways of working, staff and service reorganisation.

Council Leader, Councillor Andrew Lewer, said: “The squeeze on public spending to help meet the national debt means the council has to cut its spending by a further £25 million in the coming year.”

The cuts will be made from various departments:

* Adult care - £9.930m

* Children and younger adults - £5.986m

* Environmental services - £4.670m

* Corporate resources - £1.327m

* Community and cultural services - £1.030m

* Corporate - £0.211m

* Chief executives - £0.083m

Cllr Lewer said: “We are doing what we can to be as efficient as possible and make the very best use of our council tax payers’ money.

“We understand that many people are struggling to pay their bills so for the second year running we are recommending that we freeze our share of the council tax bill. Council tax has not been frozen for two years running in Derbyshire before.

“We have got to make £25 million cuts from our budget this coming year and are determined that we protect front line services as much as possible.

“Our budget plans still mean that we are able to spend £116 million over the next few years which will improve our roads, schools and provide new centres for older people.”