LOCAL Authorities in the area have joined forces to lobby the Government for a fair deal for the county, following an announcement of further cuts to their budgets.
Derbyshire County Council’s leader Anne Western is leading the campaign to reduce spending cuts faced by the councils after new Government figures released recently indicated further cuts on top of those announced in June.
Councillor Western has sent a joint letter to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles MP requesting an urgent meeting.
Councillor Western said: “Enough is enough.
“We are improving the way we work to make sure we’re working as efficiently as possible and we are looking at ways of doing things differently, but we can’t keep taking hit after hit.
“And we have no guarantee that this is the end of the cuts imposed by the Coalition Government.
“That’s why we’ve requested a meeting with Mr Pickles to explain how cuts this deep will have a devastating impact on people living across Derbyshire.
“It means they will lose some of the services they rely on – there’s no other option.”
The county council is facing £127 million of cuts over the next five years – on top of more than £70 million already saved.
Plus the Coalition Government has recently suggested extra cuts of £30 million.
And other councils in Derbyshire are also facing extra cuts.
To find out more about the campaign visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/fairdeal