Another freeze on council tax

A council tax freeze for the second year running has been confirmed by Derbyshire County Council.

It means the council’s share, which makes up 72 per cent of council tax bills, will not increase for a further 12 months.

Council Leader Andrew Lewer said: “We know how hard it is for many families to make ends meet. Council tax is one of the biggest bills they get each year and we do not want to make them even bigger.”

He added: “Like councils across the country - we are facing up to some really difficult choices.

“We are protecting front-line services and where possible we have cut around 30 per cent more from back office services. It does mean cuts to some services but we are doing our best to cut red tape and to be as efficient as possible.

“We are also tackling long-standing unfairness in how services have been provided and introducing new and better ways of delivering services to better meet local people’s needs.”

The authority agreed plans to cut spending by £25 million over the next 12 months – on top of £45 million cuts over the last two years.

A further 600 jobs will go over 12 months.

In a bid to stimulate the local economy the council agreed to start a £116 million building programme to:

* improve the county’s roads and schools

* provide extra care homes and dementia centres for elderly people.

Cllr Lewer said: “These are difficult times and difficult decisions need to be made. We cannot continue to spend, spend, spend. That would mean asking our council tax payers to dig even deeper to pay for council services. And that is something that council tax payers do not want and something we are not prepared to do.”