Chesterfield money-saving plan snubbed

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CHESTERFIELD Council has been criticised for not pressing ahead with a project which could save £100,000 a year.

A deal to out-source some services to private company AVARTO currently saves £400,000 a year compared with previous arrangements.

The authority’s old Liberal Democrat administration proposed to extend the arrangement to save a further £100,000.

However, the current ruling Labour group, which took control of the authority in 2011, has not gone ahead with the move.

Julia Cambridge, Chesterfield’s Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokeswoman, said: “Coun John Burrows, council leader, said ‘We have had to make difficult decisions’ but he has refused to take an easy decision to save money without cutting services.”