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We're set to reveal 2017/18 spending plans

Derbyshire Dales residents will get an overview in February of our spending plans for 2017/18.

The February round of Area Community Forums will be staged by the District Council in Darley Dale, Hulland Ward and Ashford-in-the-Water and will feature an update on Council Tax and savings - and what the District Council’s share of local Council Tax is likely to be from April.

A busy agenda will also include an update on the process to outsource the running of the District Council's four leisure centres as a package to a management operator, together with a bus service update from Derbyshire County Council.

The Forums take place at Darley Dale's Dale Road Methodist Church on Tuesday 7 February, at Hulland Ward & District Millennium Village Hall on Monday 13 February and at Ashford War Memorial Institute on Tuesday 21 February.

All start at 7 pm and anyone who can’t attend in person can email questions in advance to communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or via the District Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages @derbyshiredales. 

Cllr Lewis RoseDistrict Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

“We look forward to answering questions on continuing financial challenges as we analyse the main areas of our revenue budget and capital programme.

"For 2016/17 the District Council increased its element of Council Tax bills for the first time in six years with a 1.94% increase that means Dales households are now paying on average 1p more a day than in 2015/16 for District Council services that include affordable housing, business support, leisure centres and health initiatives, waste and recycling collections, parks maintenance, street cleaning and leading on crime prevention initiatives.

“Despite successive cuts in funding from Central Government, we have done remarkably well as a local authority to keep our heads above water without a significant impact on the frontline services we provide. We have achieved this by reviewing all our services on a rolling basis, not only making them more efficient, but in some cases delivering them differently, sometimes with partners or as shared services.

"But things don't get any easier. We are running out of money-saving options and there is uncertainty over future funding regimes. Our reserves are the lowest they have been for many years and we are already examining radical solutions such as outsourcing the running of our four leisure centres."

The Forums provide an opportunity for residents informally to meet representatives of the District Council and other organisations.

A Question Time session will enable audience members to ask questions and make comments and suggestions to the various representatives from participating authorities.

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