Monday, June 09, 2008

Lab/Con coalition made a mess of running Derby

Or so the Lib Dems have told the Derby Evening Telegraph:

The new leaders of Derby City Council claim to have uncovered a £5m budget black hole created by the previous Labour/Conservative administration.

The Liberal Democrat group, which took control after last month's election victory, says the council went hugely over budget in some areas, including £2.7m in adult care.

It claims there is a £120m backlog in the maintenance and repair of council buildings and that the council is in danger of losing £500,000 of funding to expand the city's cycling route network because not enough has been done to increase the number of cycle paths to date.

The Lib Dems also believe that the council has lost about £1m in parking income.