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Adult care hit in latest council cuts

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 21, 2014

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ADULT care will take the biggest hit as Derbyshire County Council aims to save £36.7 million next year.

Plans for making cuts to the county council’s budget in 2014-15 are due to be considered at a Cabinet meeting next week.

Reductions in Government grants, inflation and greater demands on areas of the budget for adult social care and vulnerable children is why the county council claims it needs to cut £157 million from its budget by 2018.

A total of £11,945,000 will be slashed from the adult care budget by having frozen meals at day care centres reheated rather than cooked on site, as well as a reduction in staff training.

The council also hopes to increase the level at which adults qualify for council care from ‘higher moderate’ to ‘substantial’.

Children and younger adults will also take a £6,033,000 cut by staffing ‘restructuring’ and subsequent travel expenses, and a reduction in the costs of safeguarding.

It will also review its 54 children’s centres and consider closing up to seven of them.

Under the economy, transport and environment, the council seeks a £7,339,000 cut with few workers, turning street lights off, and spending less on traffic management and road safety schemes.

It may also mean mobile libraries will be cut.

Councillor Anne Western, leader of the council, said: “We’re making sure we spend every penny wisely and reviewing everything we do, but while some services will remain, others will have to change and some will be cut altogether.

“We asked the public what they thought the council’s priorities should be and we listened. We’re taking this into account as far as possible but we need to be realistic.”

“Many of the budget reductions announced today will be subject to public consultations and we’ll continue to talk to local people and ask their views before any decisions are made.”

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