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Council to be featured on national television news

1 November 2023

Derbyshire County Council will feature on BBC One's national news programmes at 1pm, 6pm and 10pm today (Wednesday 1 November 2023) as part of an in-depth piece looking at council budgets and the financial challenges facing authorities across the country.

The national news piece was arranged to highlight a recent survey by the County Councils Network (CCN) and Society of County Treasurers (SCT) which focuses on council budget pressures, anticipated funding gaps and for the first time, in-year overspends.

The BBC was particularly interested in highlighting how well-managed councils like Derbyshire were facing unprecedented financial pressures, the difficult budget decisions they need to take to reduce expenditure and what services could be cut if no additional funding was provided.

BBC political correspondent Alex Forsyth visited Derbyshire and spent a morning at County Hall where she interviewed Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis and Cabinet Member for Education Councillor Alex Dale, as well as spending time with the fostering team where she spoke to head of the fostering service Luke Impey. The BBC team also visited a foster carer in Whaley Bridge to talk to them about the importance of what they do and how they make a difference.

As part of the filming, one of our highways crews was also filmed working in Matlock while Councillor Lewis, who is also the Vice-Chairman of the CCN and its finance spokesperson, was interviewed.

Derbyshire will be used in the piece as an example of the position many historically stable and well-run councils now find themselves in currently as they tackle in-year overspends while working towards setting balanced budgets for 2024-25.

While the piece is due to air today, it is possible this could change at the last minute due to the nature of breaking news.