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Leader's response to provisional finance settlement

District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE has given his reaction to the statement by Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins on the provisional local government finance settlement 2015 to 2016.

Cllr Lewis Rose OBE"We anticipated 2015/16 would be another challenging year for local government finances and the provisional finance settlement has confirmed this," said Councillor Rose, "with a further 13.78% cut in settlement funding on top of a near £500,000 central government grant cut in the current year and grant reductions of a 15.6% last year and 16.2% in 2012/13.

"However, this is broadly in line with the advance announcement made by government this time last year, so meets the assumptions of our medium term financial plan, a feature of which is a rolling review of all our services that attempts to explore further savings and efficiencies.

"The government's headlines focus on comparative figures concerning a local authority's 'revenue spending power', and in this respect the Minister for Local Government has announced that Derbyshire Dales faces a reduction of 3.1% in its spending power for 2015/16.

"The bottom line for us is our target to make savings in the region of £1m a year by 2019/20. In the meantime we will continue to work hard to protect, wherever possible, the key services we provide for the people of the Derbyshire Dales."

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