Derbyshire families to feel disabled services cuts.

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Families with disabled children could lose services in Derbyshire to save up to £485,000 a year.

Proposals to end funding for summer play schemes, reduce cash for group activities and end one-to-one support or short break grants will be consulted on by Derbyshire County Council later this year.

The council says it has no legal requirement to provide the short breaks under the Aiming High Derbyshire Offer, and vital services families need to care for their children would not be affected.

It needs to save £157m over the next four years to meet budget cuts, more demand and rising inflation.

Targeted funding will be provided to children and young people who meet new eligibility criteria, which will be included in consultation.

Coun Kevin Gillott, deputy leader, said: “I realise the impact these proposals will have on Derbyshire families with disabled children.

“But we simply don’t have the money to provide everything we’d like to and are being forced into a position where we have to put money where it is most needed.”

Cabinet chiefs will discuss the plans next week.