£700K CUT TO COUNCIL SPENDING

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Erewash Borough Council is expected to lose out on £700,000 after the government announced a further 5.2 per cent reduction in its spending power.

The government has planned to reduce spending by local authorities and announced the latest cutbacks to deal with the current deficit.

The latest figures provide another tough year for council spending, but authority chiefs are confident savings can be made without hitting frontline services.

Cllr Chris Corbett, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, said: “This is in line with what we expected and we’ll continue to work with other authorities and organisations to see this through. We’re really good at planning ahead and we try during the good times to save for the bad times.”

The council leader added that there was no plans to raise council tax, make cuts to front-line services or borrow any more money.

On inspection, council tax would have to rise by over 13 per cent to meet the current deficit without cuts.

Councils in the areas of Tewkesbury, Surrey and Uttlesford are to be given a spending increase of over three per cent.

The Department for Communities and Local Government could not give a reason at this time as to why Erewash had a large cut and other councils across England had increases.

Local government minister, Chris Hopkins, defended the announcement.

He said: “Every bit of the public sector needs to do their bit to pay off deficit left by the last Administration, including local government which accounts for a quarter of all public spending.

“The local government settlement is fair to all parts of the country – north and south, rural and urban, city and shire – therefore every council should be able to deliver sensible savings while protecting frontline services for local taxpayers.”

The Department for Communities and Local Government could not give a reason as to why Erewash had a large cut and other councils across England had increases.

Local government minister Chris Hopkins defended the announcement.

He said: “Every bit of the public sector needs to do their bit to pay off the deficit left by the last administration, including local government which accounts for a quarter of all public spending.

“The local government settlement is fair to all parts of the country – north and south, rural and urban, city and shire – therefore every council should be able to deliver sensible savings while protecting frontline services for local taxpayers.”