No rise in Derbyshire council tax

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DERBYSHIRE County Council is proposing to freeze council tax for a third year running in the wake of similar action by councils including Sheffield.

Derbyshire’s cabinet backed proposals to set the authority’s annual budget for 2013/14 set at £533 million - including £27m of cuts.

The planned cuts are on top of £70m of savings and 1,600 job losses in the last three years – most have through early retirement, voluntary redundancy and vacancy control.

And the authority’s five-year plan has been updated to show further reductions of £100m are needed in the next four years.

Derbyshire County Council leader Coun Andrew Lewer said: “We understand some residents are struggling to make ends meet and I am pleased we can again announce zero increase.