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.
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.