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County announces multi-million pound cuts plans

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

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INITIAL proposals have been unveiled by Derbyshire County Council today for helping the organisation cut £157 million from its budget by 2018.

Reductions in Government grants, inflation and greater demands on areas of the county council’s budget for adult social care and vulnerable children mean it must re-think the way it delivers services.

Councillor Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “We’re facing massive financial pressures like never before and that means we’ve got some difficult decisions to make.

"We’re calling it The Derbyshire Challenge.

“We don’t want to cut any services but we have no choice.

"Some services will remain, some will be run differently but some will have to stop.”

She added: “Initial plans for saving money have been drawn-up and now we want to know what you think of them.

“We’re making it as easy as possible for people to get involved so please take part in our consultations launching throughout the year.”

In 2014-15, the county council needs to save £36.7 million and plans revealed today – which are all subject to public consultation – set out some of its ideas for meeting this target.

One such area could be changes to the transport policy for sixth form and pre-school aged children with special educational needs and 19 to 25-year-olds with a learning disability assessment.

Another would be to introduce a new transport policy for adult social care and the introduction of a flat rate charge.

The new policy would mean changes to the way transport is provided or arranged by the county council to day care services and other activities such as lunch clubs.

Also being discussed are cuts to housing related support services which help vulnerable people manage their finances and get out in their community.

There may also be a need to change who qualifies for funding for adult care services and changes to the financial contribution people make towards their support.

Local people will be asked for their views about the proposals following a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, January 21 January, if cabinet give the go-ahead.

Cabinet members will also consider changes to the Homestart family support service which was subject to an earlier consultation process.

Ashbourne families are currently being invited to have their say about changes to the county council’s mobile library service after proposals were announced in November last year.

Anyone wishing to take part can fill in a questionnaire online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/mobilelibraries

For more information about the challenges the county council is facing visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/challenge

All the cabinet papers are available to read in full at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/cabinet21Jan

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