County council gets £2.8m to help tax freeze
DERBYSHIRE County Council will receive nearly £3 million from the Government after announcing it will freeze council tax in 2013-14.
The grant is to offset some of the loss in income bosses at County Hall face as a result of not increasing council tax in Derbyshire for a third consecutive year.
Labour-run Derby City Council will not receive a grant as it plans to increase council tax by almost 2% from April next year.
A spokeswoman for the Tory-led county council confirmed the authority will get £2,815,000 for freezing council tax.
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She said: "This is higher than the council's initial estimate of £2,450,000 due to the Government using different criteria to calculate the allocation."
On Wednesday, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced a cut to councils' Government funding – with some authorities being hit more than others.
Leaders at Derbyshire's councils were yesterday still calculating what the financial settlements meant for their spending budgets for 2013-14.
The Derbyshire County Council spokeswoman said: "The council is waiting for information which will allow it to start planning how its funding is allocated across services."
Mr Pickles has urged councils to make more savings, including cutting pay, scrapping chief executive posts and ending councillor pensions under fresh austerity moves. He said the settlement represented a "bargain" for local authorities.
Unison said libraries, day centres and youth clubs were already closing under previous cuts, care was being rationed and young people found that careers advice had "all but disappeared".
A spokesman for the Local Government Association said: "The confirmation of a further reduction in funding for local services comes on top of the unprecedented cuts councils already have to implement. This is bad news for local services and undermines the role councils can play in promoting economic recovery."