£35m of cuts made by 2012

ILKESTON will have to wait and see how hard it will be hit after £90m of cuts to Derbyshire County Council’s budget were announced last week.

The authority will also have to cut 2,000 staff.

The targets for cuts and job losses will be have to be reached by 2015.

The county council must save £35m of the total amount over the next year.

The proposed cuts will see adult care users having to contribute towards care services, less cash spent on fixing the county’s roads and street lighting, bus routes cut and changes to library opening hours.

Council bosses have said the authority aims to protect frontline services and jobs.

Final decisions as to where the axe will fall were being made at a full council meeting as the Advertiser went to press.

If the proposed cuts are approved adult care will face cuts of £12.7m.

The decrease in funding will mean that people receiving disability living allowance or attendance allowance will be asked to contribute to their own care.

Campaigners gathered outside the council’s Matlock HQ to protest against cuts to the adult care system.

Children and young adults’ services will have their funding slashed by £10.9m and community and cultural services will have to save £1.4m.

All of the county’s library’s opening hours will be reviewed.

They might close during non busy times and self scan machines could be installed at some to reduce staffing costs.

Environmental services will have to spend £6.7m less.

A spokesperson for the council said it was too early to identify which services in which areas will be directly affected.

Conservative leader of the council, Cllr Andrew Lewer said: “We have had to make tough decisions.

“We are in this position because of irresponsible spending by the previous Government which has left the country with unimaginable debt.

“I accept there will be an impact.

“People will notice cuts but services will continue to be provided by us.”

Leader of the opposition, Labour’s Cllr Ann Western, said about the cuts: “They’re going to be devastating for services, they’re going to be devastating for people, it’s disgusting.

“The most vulnerable people will be hardest hit.

“This is a very, very sad day for Derbyshire.”