Town waits on severity of county council cuts

Belper will have to wait and see how hard it will be hit after £90m of cuts to Derbyshire County Council’s budget were announced last week.

The authority will also have to cut 2,000 staff, and targets for cuts and job losses will have to be reached by 2015.

The county council must save £35m of the total amount over the next year.

The proposed cuts will see adult care users having to contribute towards care services, less cash spent on fixing the county’s roads and street lighting, bus routes cut and changes to library opening hours.

Council bosses have said the authority aims to protect frontline services and jobs.

Final decisions as to where the axe will fall will be made at a full council meeting today.

If the proposed cuts are approved adult care will face cuts of £12.7m.

The decrease in funding will mean that people receiving disability living allowance or attendance allowance will be asked to contribute to their own care.

Children and young adults’ services will have their funding slashed by £10.9m and community and cultural services will have to save £1.4m.

All of the county’s library’s opening hours will be reviewed.

They might close during non busy times and self scan machines could be installed at some to reduce staffing costs.

Environmental services will have to spend £6.7m less.

Conservative leader of the council, Cllr Andrew Lewer, said: “We have had to make tough decision. This is a very, very sad day for Derbyshire.”