Challenges ahead for cash-strapped council

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Charging for travel to adult social care, cuts to housing support and kids’ school transport are among some of the savings proposals being put forward by Derbyshire Council.

The authority has set out a number of plans to re-structure services as it attempts to claw back £36.7 million in its budget for this financial year. The county’s fleet of mobile libraries also faces the axe.

Leader Coun Anne Western said: “We’re facing massive financial pressures like never before and that means we’ve got some difficult decisions to make. We’re calling it the Derbyshire Challenge.

“We don’t want to cut any services but we have no choice. Some services will remain, some will be run differently - but some will have to stop.”

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