The Fair Deal for Derby campaign has a simple message - we want Derby to be treated equally.
The Tory Government’s ‘Austerity’ programme has imposed massive cutbacks on all local authority services. However the cuts dished out to Derby far exceed the national average - since 2010, Derby City Council has been forced to make service reductions of £116 million, with a requirement of a further £45 million by 2019.
As a result, the Council has been obliged to focus on protecting life and death services, such as caring for the elderly and protecting children, which means less investment is available for discretionary services such as filling in potholes, maintaining parks and keeping street lights on. However a big concern among many in Derby are potential closure of children’s centres, libraries, museums or leisure centres.
At the same time, the Government has handed out £300 million to councils, over a two year period, supposedly to alleviate the impact of cuts. Unsurprisingly, Derby did not receive a penny; neither did Nottingham, Leicester or Birmingham, or even the five most deprived areas in the country – Middlesbrough, Knowsley, Hull, Liverpool and Manchester.
83 per cent of this new funding will go to Conservative councils, with Surrey County Council receiving almost £24 million over two years.
It's worth considering just what £24 million could do for Derby at a time when the City is being forced to contemplate the closure of valued discretionary services.
It's a sum that would allow the authority to refurbish Moorways and keep it open for decades to come, sustain the City's important voluntary sector groups or guarantee the future of much loved public events like the Darley Park Concert. In short, fairer Government funding would secure the future prosperity of our City.
By signing this petition you are asking the Prime Minister to provide a Fair Deal for Derby through a financial settlement that that treats us equally with ratepayers in Tory controlled authorities.
Derby deserves better from Westminster. All we want is a Fair Deal for Derby - a financial settlement that treats us equally with ratepayers in Tory controlled authorities.