Making health fairer

As part of our public health responsibilities we take a leading role in tackling health inequalities in Derbyshire.


Inequalities in health are avoidable between groups of people within a certain area.

There are many things which contribute to health inequalities including education, housing and employment - but the biggest one is poverty.

There are big differences in life expectancy between residents in different parts of our county - in some areas a gap of up to 13 years. We're committed to using our public health resources to reduce this gap.

We're putting together a health inequalities strategy which will prioritise financial inclusion, reducing child poverty, promoting affordable warmth, helping people with health problems back to work and reducing the effects of smoking and tobacco.

Other commitments include paying the living wage, tackling loans sharks, encouraging people to claim their benefit and increasing the provision of advice in the community.

We're also using our funding to support local credit unions, food banks and warmer homes - which all have a long-term positive impact on people's health.

We're committed to improving health and reducing inequalities for all our residents, regardless of where they live.

Food banks

There are 22 food banks across Derbyshire which provide food parcels for people in crisis. They're run by faith groups and voluntary organisations and supported largely by volunteers.

Find out more about how they work, if you are eligible to use one or how to donate to a food bank on our food bank page and on Advice Derbyshire (opens in a new window).

Credit unions

Credit Unions offer a community based alternative to high street banks and lenders. They offer savings accounts and also offer low interest loans.

There are five credit unions in Derbyshire which encourage people to save regularly and that in turns allows people to borrow small sums of money from them in a safe and affordable way.

Many credit unions also offer online services just like banks. You can learn more about your local Credit Unions on our savings and credit page.

Citizens Advice Bureau sessions

We've helped fund the provision of Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) sessions in 98 GP surgeries across the county. Last year this project found £10.5m in additional income for families and helped them to manage £4.5m of debt.

We've also funded the delivery of CAB sessions in all 54 of Derbyshire's children's centres. Families can see an advisor in the centre, at another local venue or receive a home visit if that's more appropriate. Find out more by visiting the Derbyshire Citizens Advice Bureaux website (opens in a new window).

Healthy home project

The Healthy Home project offers people with a long term health condition help with cold homes. The project helps improve home insulation and heating in order to keep your home warm and you healthy.

You could be eligible for a free new energy efficient boiler, loft or cavity wall insulation or other energy saving measures subject to a survey by one of the Healthy Home team. You'll receive advice to help you improve the efficiency of your heating system to reduce your fuel bills.

The project also aims to keep you healthy and independent in your own home, and to do this we may offer you services run by other trusted organisations in your area.

To find out if you're eligible for the project email: healthyhome@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 536919.

Befriending services

People who are socially excluded can suffer from worse health than other people. This may include older people, people with disabilities and people in poverty. We offer a befriending service to give advice, support and a friendly face. Find out more on our befriending page.

You can also learn more about the work we're doing to tackle other factors that impact on your health such as employment, housing and education on our other factors affecting health page