County council needs to cut £90m

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CUTS will be made to services across the board at Derbsyhire County Council as they aim to save £90m over the next four years.

The authority will have to save £40m of the total in the next year.

Reductions of £10.9m are planned for children’s services.

Councillor Barry Lewis, cabinet member for young people, said: “We have no choice but to make these difficult decisions so we can meet the challenging budget targets.

“We’re looking at every area of our work to highlight possible efficiencies and ways to meet these targets without compromising what we offer.

”Millions of pounds are still being invested in children’s services and we’re going to make the most of every penny and continue to fund new approaches so local people feel the benefit.”

Around 280 jobs in children’s services are expected to be lost over the next four years, mostly through voluntary redundancy or voluntary early retirement.

Spending on the county’s roads, public transport and countryside sites is being reduced by £6.7m.

Councillor Chris Jackson, the council’s cabinet member for highways and transport said: “Times are tough and we’ve had to make some difficult decisions.

“The last thing we want to do is to cut services and jobs but we have no choice.”

Announcements on cuts were made after a county council cabinet meeting on Tuesday January 25.