Derbyshire County Council to cut £45m from budget

Grit spreading
Image caption Cuts to the road gritting budget will save about £200,000 a year

Proposed budget cuts at Derbyshire County Council will hit both road gritting and crossing guards as the local authority aims to save £45m over the next fiscal year.

The plans were released by the Labour-led council, which also proposed a 2% rise in council tax.

Council leader Anne Western said government grants were being cut by 27%, so cutbacks were inevitable.

A final decision on the budget proposals will be made next week.

Councillor Western said: "People will start to see the effect of the cuts and it will be more evident in terms of services dwindling."

She added: "Nearly three-quarters of the money we spend on local services comes from the government and only a quarter from council tax so it's inevitable that cuts of this size will have a huge impact on local services."

The budget proposals include:

  • Raising £5m a year from the 2% council tax increase
  • Cutting £157m from the budget by 2018
  • Cuts to adult care, crossing guards, mobile libraries and transport initiatives
  • Removing school crossing patrols

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