The Government's cuts have had an unfair impact on Derby. We have looked carefully at the cuts the government has made and compared those against other councils of a similar size.
We now know that we have been unfairly treated and firmly believe that we should make it known to the government that we want "A Fair Deal for Derby".
We want to tell Government that the people of Derby want a fair deal. We are not prepared to allow the Government to continue to take money from our budgets without letting them know the impact it has on those of you who live, work and visit our city.
We are going to take a delegation to London later this year to tell them how strongly Derby feels about the raw deal it is getting from government cuts. We want to tell them face to face how we all feel about the cuts to our budget and how unfair it is.
There has been a significant reduction in the funding the Government provides to councils. There has also been a rising demand for our services and further reductions being made to grants the Council has received from Government, such as:
Together with the impact of the recession, this is resulting in an increased demand for our services as more people present themselves to us for support.
This means that Derby is not getting enough money from Government to meet the city's needs.
Derby has lost £8.7 million in Government grant and support between the financial years of 2011/12 and 2012/13. This equates to a cut of 4% in our budget.
In the East Midlands as a whole, the average cut is 3.1% compared to a national reduction of 3.3%.
The budget reductions for the next three years are £62.2 million.
The breakdown over the three years is:
There has been a significant reduction in the funding the Council receives from Central Government coupled with a rising demand for services, welfare reforms and changes to business rates rules.
Departments in the Council have been asked to identify what their services would look like over the next three years and what savings this would release. At this stage, all service area opportunities will be explored and refined prior to budget consultation in the autumn.
Key principles to underpin the budget strategy and deliver savings are proposed below...
Council tax will increase by just under 2% from 1st April 2013.
The current funding landscape is unclear. The figures are volatile and likely to change. The Council is working to projected figures but are yet to receive information about impact of changes to Business Rates, the Welfare Reform Act and the formula grant the Council receives from Central Government.
A number of steps are being taken to try to reduce the need for staffing reductions, such as deleting vacancies and controlling recruitment.
The Council remains committed to maximising the number of people leaving through voluntary redundancy (VR) rather than compulsory redundancy. The current voluntary redundancy process would require those employees leaving by 31st December 2012. We cannot confirm the number of compulsory redundancies required until the number of voluntary redundancies is established.
The Council will lose up to 350 full time equivalent posts by the end of 2013/14. This will support the delivery of the £20m savings in 2013/14. Details by Directorate are shown against each proposal in the consultation document.
Since 2011, Derby City Council has issued two previous Section 188 notices. During the two exercises 760 staff took voluntary redundancy - 430 in March 2011 and 330 in December 2011 - and 49 left the Council through compulsory redundancy.
Derby City Council’s grant is reducing in line with the Government's deficit reduction policy. However, demand for our services is increasing partly due to the increasing elderly population requiring support. Together with the impact of the recession which is resulting in an increased demand for our services as more people present themselves to the Council for support.
To help boost the city's economy and help create new jobs the Council will continue to invest in its capital programme. The investments being made are key projects which will make Derby an attractive prospect to investors and drive inward investment.
Providing more support to neighbourhoods is a key manifesto commitment that we will deliver for Derby's communities. Neighbourhood Officers will focus on the needs of a neighbourhood supporting residents and Councillors in the heart of the community with the aim of educating and engendering a sense of pride and responsibility.
You can read the report on neighbourhood services that was agreed on 15th August 2012 by Council Cabinet.
Providing support to Neighbourhoods was detailed as part of the Administrations manifesto commitment to voters. It is a priority to deliver on this promise and improve Derby's communities. Neighbourhood officers will focus on the needs of a neighbourhood supporting residents and Councillors in the heart of the community with the aim of educating and engendering a sense of pride and responsibility. Officers will also have enforcement powers as a deterrent.
The existing facilities - with the exception of Springwood Leisure Centre - are ageing, in poor repair due to a lack of investment over many years, and are no longer fit for purpose.
There is a high risk of partial or full closure of the facilities if the Council does not invest in them now. Many facilities have already had to close during the past two years.
This area has been highlighted by the council as a potential for growth for many years. This is absolutely the right time as it will help boost the economy of the city, provide new jobs, and build on the back of the Olympics and focus on sport and active lifestyles that the Olympic Games will bring.
With the improvement and upgrade works at Moorways Sports Complex and the potential introduction of a new 25m swimming pool at Springwood Leisure Centre, as well as a new Aquatics Centre with a 50m pool, there are likely to be more job opportunities on the site than there are currently.
There will be a phased approach to closing facilities and opening new facilities. Decisions have not yet been made on the management of the new facilities and whether this stays in-house or goes external.
This has been highlighted by the Council as a potential for growth for many years. This is absolutely the right time as it will help boost the economy of the city, help provide new jobs, and build on the 2012 Olympics and the focus on sport and active lifestyles that the Games are bringing to the UK.
The Multi-Sports Arena, 50 metre Swimming Pool and improvements at Moorways and Springwood sites are an intrinsic part of our New Leisure Facilities for Derby for the upgrade and reprovision of exisiting leisure facilities. Adapting and remodelling the current facilities would cost in the region of £37 million and rebuilding on current sites could cost us up to £70 million.
This regeneration scheme will help stimulate the city's economy and make the city more attractive to inward investors and residents. It will also provide new job opportunities for the local community and first-class modern facilities for the public.
This development is part of the overall investment in Derby which will ultimately give a big boost to the economy of the city. The scheme will provide new job opportunities to the area and will provide an important step forward in a time when investment is needed.
The current sporting facilities are well-used but are unfortunately outdated, in need of refurbishment and are not accessible to all users. Already, there are a number of local sports clubs and athletes in the area who intend to use the new Arena and would benefit from having first-rate facilities in which to train.
The new facilities will be designed to be fully accessible to all sections of the community encouraging even more people to be healthy and active.
In 2009, an independent report was commissioned to assess the condition of the current facilities and their potential for improvements or adaptations. The report looked at the city's current and future leisure and sport needs, and the potential for improving or adapting our current facilities.
The cost of adapting and remodelling facilities is estimated at £37 million. Rebuilding all centres with the same facilities on the existing sites was estimated at £70 million.
The report concluded that:
There are proposals to adopt a citywide garden waste charging policy from 2014. This would incur a charge of £40 each year for the first bin and £20 for any additional bins, using the existing 240 litre brown bins and operating for 32 weeks of the year. Collecting and composting garden waste is a net cost to all local authorities including Derby. We currently collect mixed garden and food waste and the material is sent for 'In Vessel Composting' at a plant at Ashbourne.
The Council pays a gate fee per tonne delivered to cover the cost of processing and this gate fee takes into account the income that is received when the processor sells the finished product on. The product produced using Derby's brown bin waste is sold under the 'Genie' brand in garden centre outlets throughout the United Kingdom. In addition bagged soil improver composted at the Ashbourne plant is sold to local people at a reasonable cost at Raynesway Household Waste and Recycling Centre along with all of Derbyshire's Household Waste and Recycling Centres.
Composting the city's brown bin waste is significantly less expensive than the landfill charges that we would pay if the material was disposed of in our black bins as residual waste. The income from selling the products produced by composting Derby's garden waste helps to reduce the costs of processing the garden waste that is collected, but there is still a net cost to Council Taxpayers for processing in addition to the costs of collection. The cheapest and most environmentally beneficial means of disposing of garden waste is home composting.
We want to hear from you about what you think about the government's cuts to our budget and whether you think Derby is being unfairly treated.
You can tell us what you think by taking part in our informal budget consultation.
We will also be shortly announcing a number of public meetings that you can attend and tell us what you think about the government's cuts and how they affect you. You can also tell us what you think about our budget proposals for next year.