ASHBOURNE councillor Andrew Lewer says recently announced plans by Labour-run Derbyshire County Council bosses are ‘reprehensible’ and will land the authority with a huge spending gap.
Conservative councillor Lewer, former leader of the council and now leader of the opposition, says the labour-led programme of increased spending and recently-announced pay rises to cabinet members has created a £10m spending gap in 2014-15
He said: “It is reprehensible that Labour’s uncontrolled spending has allowed a situation to arise in the first four months of their administration where an additional £10m needs to be found.
“It is ironic that one of Councillor Western’s outrageous criticisms of our administration, was that we did not do any “modernisation” when in fact we did more in four years than they did in 28.
“Whilst they unthinkingly opposed every single change we made they have of course reverted to type in just a few months.”
Last week the authority announced the potential loss of 1,600 jobs amid ‘devastating’ cuts, as it tries to save £157 million, due to a lack of funding from the Coalition Government.