Council approves savings

DERBYSHIRE County Council is proposing to freeze council tax for a third year running for the first time ever.

The announcement came on Tuesday as the council’s Cabinet backed plans to make savings of £27m over the coming year.

The proposed cuts are on top of £70m of savings and 1,600 job losses in the last three years – most of which have been through early retirement, voluntary redundancy, and vacancy control.

Councillor Andrew Lewer, leader at Derbyshire County Council, said: “We understand some residents are struggling to make ends meet and I am pleased that we can again announce zero increase in council tax.”

He added: “The squeeze on public spending to reduce the national debt means tough choices have to be made.

“We will continue to protect frontline services and jobs wherever possible and look at more efficient ways of working.”

The budget proposals are due to go to the full council for final approval next week.