Have your say

We are committed to listening and learning from local people.


We provide important services to residents, visitors, employers and employees in the county and we're always looking for ways to improve them.

Finding out what you think of the services we provide is essential because it helps us to work out how to improve them. Our commitment to consult means we can make this happen. Consultation is the process of informed communication between us and the users of our services prior to us making a policy decision or determining changes to service delivery.

By listening to you we can be sure that we are making the right decisions. By telling us what you think you are able to have your say about the things you think are important or need improving.

When we do consult we try to plan ahead so that we can make sure that we have enough information at the right times to make informed decisions. We try to consult a broad variety of people across the county.

If our consultation shows that we are not collecting the views of community groups like disabled people, black and ethnic minority people, lesbians and gay men, older or younger people we will try to do extra work to make sure these groups are not left out.

We won't only listen to the views of the majority, the views of just a few people matter too.

This is your chance to:

  • have your say
  • be involved
  • influence decisions and services
  • share information
  • make a choice.

We use a variety of methods to get your opinion, such as questionnaires, meetings and online consultation.

Using the links on the left you can get involved by viewing the forums we run, show you are interested in taking part in a consultation activity by giving us your details in the sign up section, or take part now in an online consultation.

We also encourage you to voice your views through petitions that can be submitted online or via paper. Online petitions can be set up using the petitions link in the left hand menu. Paper petitions should be sent to the Director of Legal Services, Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG. Please use the paper petition template which is included in the related documents section below.

You can use the consultation search to find all consultations that have taken place in the past, or are taking place now.

Planned consultation shows you what we are going to do in the future. 

We have also put together guidance on running a successful consultation.

Read the co-ordination page to find out about the groups who make sure all this runs smoothly.

You can see our Strategy for the Involvement of Children, Young People and Families in Service Provision in the related documents section below.

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

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