Council chief warns of big service cuts

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DERBYSHIRE County Council has set out proposals to cut £40 million from its budget next year - a squeeze of seven per cent.

Bosses have estimated 2,000 jobs will need to be cut over four years but have pledged to protect frontline services by making efficiency savings where possible.

The bulk of the cuts - £23.6m - are hitting the adult care and children and young people’s budgets.

Nearly £7m is being slashed from environmental services, £2m from corporate resources and £1.4m from community and cultural services.

Council leader Andrew Lewer said: “Where possible we aim to protect frontline services and jobs.

“But a total budget cut of around £90m over the next four years and 2,000 job losses will obviously have an impact.

“We will not shy away from taking tough decisions on spending and we will be looking for better and cheaper ways of delivering services and making sure they are delivered fairly.

“Our aim is to offer even better value for money – we are not looking to increase our share of the council tax bill.”