£30million cut to county’s budget

Council-Budget-CutsLabour led Derbyshire County Council today published its Budget proposals for the 2016/2017 municipal year. They show the authority will have to cut nearly £30 million from its services.

Sadly, but inevitably given the cut in Government grant it is enduring, the county council is consulting on closing or reducing much loved and needed services.

Proposals include cuts to community and public transport grants, home-to-school transport, respite breaks for disabled children and children’s centre services amongst the many others planned.

It is considering closing 32 children’s centres with the loss of 116 full time equivalent jobs and cutting other services back to the statutory minimum. In High Peak, it is proposed that Fairfield, Glossop and Hadfield Children’s Centre remain open, with Gamesley becoming part of the Early Excellence Centre.  Harpur Hill, New Mills and Chapel-en-le-frith are recommended for closure.

These plans are put forward with a very heavy heart, in the full knowledge that we will be losing excellent services which do a lot of good work, are highly valued and help many Derbyshire families,

On Tuesday 26 January, DCC’s Cabinet will meet to consider how the Council can make cuts of almost £70m over the next two years, on top of the £170m of cuts it has made since 2010.

As DCC Council Leader Anne Western says: “Dealing with cuts on this scale isn’t simply about a bit of budget trimming and doing things even more efficiently.

The harsh reality is that by 2020 the funding we get from Government will be more than a third lower than the amount we would need to provide services to the same level as in 2010 − so it’s inevitable that more and more people will see changes to the services they use.

You can read the full details here: http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news_events/news-updates/2016/january/news_items/council_to_consider_more_proposals_towards_cutting_its_budget.asp

All the proposals are subject to a full public consultation.

 

Advertisements

Victoria Street Travel Disruptions

GLOSSOPIANS are being reminded by a local councillor that a busy route into the town will close for a fortnight while United Utilities works on the sewers below it.

Victoria Street is currently shut to traffic between Howard Town Mill and Collier Street and is due to remain closed until 20th January.

County Councillor Damien Greenhalgh warns “This road closure is causing traffic congestion during rush hour and significant disruption to bus services.”

“The 69 and 390 bus services are being diverted down the High Street and then via Primrose Lane and those wanting to use the 61 service are having to take a shuttle bus between Henry St and Whitfield where the service is running from for the duration of the works.”

“Passengers I spoke with on the first day of the closure (Monday 6th) are already saying services are already running significantly late.”

Cllr Greenhalgh went on add “Water companies usually provide funding in advance of their works to enable public transport providers to put on additional services on to compensate for the disruption. On this occasion United Utilities has decided not to do this, this is very disappointing”.