DERBYSHIRE is bracing itself for the latest round of damaging Government cuts – but the Labour-controlled county council is continuing to protect vital services.
The Tories have slashed £170m from council budgets since 2010, with another £70m set to follow in the next two years.
Yet while the cuts are inevitably affecting service delivery, Labour council leader, Councillor Anne Western, is pledging that her group will continue fighting for the best deal for Derbyshire.
Councillor Western said: “We are facing the seventh year of the Government’s austerity cuts which are now biting very deeply.
“We’ve done all we can to protect services but this relentless Tory onslaught means that some services will have to radically change or be stopped.
“Government cuts are punishing Derbyshire under the falsehood of an economic recovery which the Chancellor has simply not delivered. The national debt spirals while the cuts hurt people locally because of this short-sighted policy.
“When the Tories were in charge at County Hall, they wanted to cut all youth services and all but four of our precious care homes.
“We’ve protected these services for the last few years but now the depth of government cuts is forcing us into a corner. This is why we are continuing to call on the Government for a Fair Deal for Derbyshire, so we can protect our vital public services.”