Council reveals details of cuts and job losses as it battles to save £90m

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DERBYSHIRE County Council has revealed details of where the axe will fall as it cuts hundreds of job losses to save £90 million over the next four years.

The council must find £40m in 2011/12 as it implements Government spending cuts.

Bosses say around 2,000 jobs will have to go in four years.

The most redundancies during 2011/12 will be in children’s services, where £11m is to be saved in the coming year and 280 posts set to go.

Officers hope most will go through voluntary redundancy or early retirement in the next four years.

Services being shut down include the Connexions careers and advisory organisation, while senior management posts will also go, placing emphasis instead on local frontline services.

Councillors are also seeking to make cuts to transport services for special needs children, reducing the number of taxis used and encouraging use of public transport.

Consultations are to be held with parents in a bid to save over £700,000 each year.

The county’s advisory service for schools is to be scaled back, so schools with problems are given priority, while youth services will be targeted more closely at poorer areas.

Adult education classes are in the firing line as are posts in social care and central administration.

Officers will try to direct support to needy families.

A total of 120 job will go in environmental services.

The department must find £6.7m of savings, including £1.2m from the cost of public transport, which will mean fewer subsidised buses.

Consultation will be held on ending half-price travel on local trains for OAPs and making under 19s pay more for bus and train fares.

There will also be a £1m cut in the roads repair budget, a £400,000 reduction in the street lighting budget, savings of £250,000 by delaying construction of a new household waste recycling centre at Clay Cross by four years, a reduction in back office staff and increased car parking charges.

The adult social care is to cut 96 jobs as it makes savings of £13.1m in 2011/12.

Welfare rights, home care, day care and eligibility of care will be affected and people on allowances will be asked to make a contribution towards their care.

And £1.7m is to be saved from cultural and community services, by new ways of working, including the possibility of more self-service at libraries and a review of opening hours with some closing at quietest times. The authority’s fund for buying new books will be reduced.

The savings will be considered by the full council.