Charges to empty brown bins among Derby City Council's plans
RESIDENTS in Derby are set to be charged to have their brown bins emptied as part of proposals by the city council to balance its books.
The measure is one of many identified by the Labour-run authority to cope with its income being slashed by the Government.
The public can now have its say on the council's draft budget for April 2013 to April 2016.
One of the most controversial measures is set to be the proposal to charge people to have the bins used for garden and food waste emptied.
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Council leader Paul Bayliss said the move would help save £1.7 million in 2014-15.
The document also outlines the council's plans to reduce its housing support service, sell unwanted buildings, spend less on repairs and maintenance and reduce its ICT budget.
The council faces having its central Government funding slashed by a total of £26 million over the next three years.
At the same time, demand for services such as adult care – and the cost of providing them – is growing, putting extra pressure on council budgets.
When both aspects, and the impact of inflation, are added together, the council estimates it will need to cut its spending by £63 million over the three-year period to April 2016.
A final budget report will go before cabinet in January.