Council tax freeze as 600 jobs are set to go

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council tax bills from the county council will be frozen for the second year running thanks to a Government grant.

Derbyshire County Council accepted the one-off payment which will be used to reduce borrowing.

Last year it agreed plans to cut spending by £25 million over the next 12 months – on top of £45 million cuts over the last two years.

Around 600 jobs will go over 12 months – as part of a planned reduction of 2,000 jobs over four years. Council leader Andrew Lewer said: “These are difficult times and difficult decisions need to be made. We cannot continue to spend, spend, spend. That would mean asking our council tax payers to dig even deeper to pay for council services. And that is something that council tax payers do not want and something we are not prepared to do.”

Meanwhile, in a bid to stimulate the local economy the council agreed to start a building programme using £116 million in Government money to do things, including improving roads and schools.