Derbyshire County Council leader to fight budget cuts

Labour leader Ed Milliband in Ilkeston. Derbyshire Labour group leader Anne Western.
Labour leader Ed Milliband in Ilkeston. Derbyshire Labour group leader Anne Western.

Derbyshire County Council leader, Coun Anne Western, has joined forces with other council leaders calling on the Government to stop council budget cuts.

More than 150 council leaders from across the country have written to the Chancellor warning him that they cannot absorb more cuts without vital services being affected.

Council funding from central government will be reduced by 33 per cent during this Parliament, with Whitehall departments facing average reductions of 12 per cent.

Coun Anne Western said: “We want a fair deal for Derbyshire - and that means that we are calling on the Government to stop cutting our budget.

“We can’t take further spending cuts without losing vital services.

“By 2015 our budget will have been cut by one-third - and if we are given further reductions then our front-line services like care for the elderly, vulnerable children, road maintenance and libraries - will really start to be affected.”

The letter to the Chancellor called for health and school budgets to incorporate local services that help the elderly to stay independent longer and ensure children are ready for school. This will save money by reducing pressure on hospitals, police and prisons.

The leaders also called for devolving budgets away from Whitehall to increase co-operation between public sector organisations.