Derbyshire County Council confirms £25m budget

Plans to cut 600 jobs and £25m from Derbyshire County Council’s annual budget have been approved.

As a result of the 5% budget cut, youth services and care for the elderly and disabled will be cut with changes also planned for adult day care.

Council tax will be frozen for 2012/13 but future rises were not ruled out.

The cuts are part of the Conservative-run authority’s four-year plan to save £96m up until March 2015 because of a fall in government grants.

Staff numbers have already been cut by 800 but the Tories said this figure was only 5% of the total workforce of 16,000.

The latest round of job cuts will come from office staff and middle and senior management. The council has also indicated that home-helps may be affected.

The council admitted that management costs at County Hall were too high and spending £40,000 on each issue of the Derbyshire First leaflet was too much. Guys you are not even scratching the surface of overspending, waste, inefficiency and negligence.

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