District Council set to reveal spending plans

Local residents will soon get an overview of our spending plans for 2015/16 – including a Council Tax announcement.

The next round of Area Community Forums will be staged by the District Council in February in Ashbourne, Matlock and Bakewell and will feature feedback on a recent budget consultation and what the District Council's share of local Council Tax is likely to be from April.

Community Forum poster Feb 2015A busy agenda will also include Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles, presentations on how to become a councillor and on a new credit union to be launched in the Derbyshire Dales soon.

The Forums take place at three District Council venues: Ashbourne Leisure Centre on Monday 2 February, Matlock Town Hall on Monday the 9th and Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre on Monday 16th.

All start at 7 pm and anyone who can't attend in person can email questions or complete the online form in advance or via the District Council's Facebook and Twitter pages. The 9 February forum will also feature a live Twitter feed.

Cllr Lewis Rose OBEDistrict Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

"We will be setting our share of Council Tax for 2015/16 in March and these forums will analyse the main areas of our revenue budget and capital programme and the difficult challenges we continue to face.

"A further 13.78% cut in the settlement funding we receive from central government in the coming year, on top of a near £500,000 grant cut in the current year and grant reductions of around 16% in the previous two years, mean we have no choice but to continue to review all our services to explore yet more savings and efficiencies.

"We have to make further savings in the region of £1m a year by 2019/20 and in the meantime we will work hard to protect, wherever possible, the key services we provide for the people of the Derbyshire Dales."

Derbyshire Constabulary are also facing difficult choices, including the possible loss of some local police stations, and Alan Charles will be joined by Chief Superintendent Karl Smethem to answer questions.

The Forums provide an opportunity for residents informally to meet representatives of the District Council and other organisations.

Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service is working with Erewash Credit Union (ECU) to bring credit union services to the Dales and the CVS will explain how credit unions work and how local people can benefit.

A Question Time session will enable audience members to ask questions and make comments and suggestions to the various representatives from participating authorities.


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