Fair Deal For Derby campaign re-launched

The Labour administration at Derby City Council re-launched “A Fair Deal for Derby” earlier today (Monday 26th January) at Mackworth Library. The campaign, which calls on the Government for a fairer funding settlement, has brought together Council Leaders from Derby City, Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County and Derbyshire County Council.

Since the Government austerity measures began in 2010, we have been forced to cut £96 million from our budget, with another £69 million to be found by 2018.Chris William MP and Cllr Russell sign petition for a fair settlement

Councillor Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council, said:

“Time and time again we find ourselves facing massive cuts to Local Government funding, and yet there is clear evidence that these cuts are disproportionately affecting the most deprived areas. We demand to be treated fairly and I call on the people of Derby to get behind the city to push harder than ever for a Fair Deal for Derby.”

Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Housing, Finance and Welfare said:

“The Government cuts to the Council mean our city has been under a prolonged financial assault since 2010, which is having a profound and detrimental effect on the services that we are expected to deliver. We are urging Derby residents to help us call on the Government for a Fair Deal for Derby.”

If you want to make your views known to the Government you can download a copy of a the Fair Deal for Derby petition. Completed petition sheets can be returned to Derby City Council, Derby City Council, The Council House, Corporation Street, Derby DE1 2FS and other Council offices.

You can also tell us if they think Derby is getting a fair deal and give your ideas for next year’s budget on our Big Conversation page.

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Response to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Cllr Russell FDFD

“Eric Pickles’ claim that Derby City Council should use its reserves to help reduce the impact of budget cuts is not only wildly misleading, but also gives a horrifying insight into the Government’s misunderstanding of local authority budgets.

The £81m quoted by Mr Pickles is pure fantasy. We are predicting that at the end of this financial year we will have around £18m of unallocated reserves.  All other monies held are already allocated to on-going costs and managing financial risk; they cannot be used for any other purpose.

Is Mr Pickles, a former council leader himself, seriously suggesting it would be good financial management to spend that money on balancing the budget, leaving the council penniless should we encounter any unforeseen costs?

The council’s revenue reserves are at their lowest possible level without undermining the budget.

To spend them on standing up services now would be an unsustainable, one-year solution, which would not help to reduce the pressure on services next year but would instead place the Council at unacceptable risk.

The Council is pleased, however, that Mr Pickles has recognised that the Government’s cuts are ruining services and damaging communities.

We will be writing to Mr Pickles to clarify the financial situation, and would welcome any help his Government can give now he realises that the Authority is tens of millions worse off than he had evidently thought.”

Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Housing, Finance and Welfare.