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Our ambitions, values and outcomes

The Council Plan outlines the ambition the council has for our residents and the county as a whole along with our approach to achieving great outcomes for Derbyshire.


We will work together with our partners and communities to be an enterprising council, delivering value for money and enabling local people and places to thrive.


For the way we work, we will:

  • listen to, engage and involve local people ensuring we are responsive and take account of the things that matter most to them
  • be open minded, honest and accountable, to make sure the decisions that we make are fair and transparent
  • spend money wisely making the best use of the resources that we have
  • work with partners and local communities because we know that we cannot tackle complex problems on our own
  • be aspirational about our vision for the future, for our organisation, local people, and communities


We want Derbyshire to have:

  • resilient, thriving and green communities which share responsibility for improving their areas, and supporting each other
  • happy, safe and healthy people, with solid networks of support, who feel in control of their personal circumstances and aspirations
  • a strong, diverse and clean economy which makes the most of Derbyshire's rich assets and provides meaningful opportunities for local people to achieve their full potential
  • great places to live, work and visit with high performing schools, diverse cultural opportunities, transport connections that keep things moving, and a healthy and sustainable environment for all
  • high quality public services that work together alongside communities to deliver services that meet people's needs

A strong focus on our outcomes will be important in determining our response and recovery from COVID-19 over the life of this plan.

Our strategic approach

Our strategic approach governs how we work, as a council, with and for communities, and in collaboration with partners. Three key areas of activity are taking the approach forward: 'Enterprising Council', 'Thriving Communities' and 'Vision Derbyshire'.

Together these key areas place us in a stronger position to understand, to adapt and respond to future challenges, and to bring about the changes needed to ensure future success.

Vision Derbyshire

Collaborating with partners in new and powerful ways, maximising existing resources to collectively address complex challenges and shape future services to deliver better outcomes for local people and places.

Enterprising council

Transforming the organisation, working as one council, ensuring we are prepared for the future and able to respond to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Thriving communities

Supporting greater collaboration with and across our communities to bring about change, ensuring people and places thrive.

Our services

Some facts about us and our services (figures correct at 22 March 2023):

  • we have a total of 64 elected members representing the residents of Derbyshire
  • we support 420 schools to offer the best education
  • we supported almost 15,000 older and disabled people to live independently
  • we run 45 branch libraries, and 2 mobile libraries
  • we provide safe, stable homes for almost 900 children in our care
  • we maintain 3,597 miles of roads and 2,796 miles of pavements and footways each year
  • we look after 1,182 bridges, 495 footbridges, over 3,000 rights of way, and 89,942 streetlights
  • we dealt with more than 28,000 concerns about child safety or wellbeing
  • we run 9 household waste recycling centres and dispose of more than 414,000 tonnes of waste each year
  • we dealt with more than 32,300 requests for social care assessments, advice, and information

Our achievements

Here are some of our achievements:

  • we worked with partners to secure a £1.14 billion. devolution deal for the East Midlands, guaranteeing income streams of £38 million each year over the next 30 years
  • we released over £1.2 million for commissioning new Voluntary and Community Sector services and activities
  • we approved £900,000 of grants to support local community activity
  • we welcomed over 1,200 Ukrainian refugees into Derbyshire
  • we provided over 9,700 instances of support as part of the Thriving Communities Programme
  • we secured £47 million to deliver a 3-year programme of improvements to local bus services
  • we delivered 350 road and footway maintenance projects, equating to £30 million, including fixing over 100,000 potholes
  • we invested over £890,000 on green energy and carbon reduction schemes through our Green Entrepreneurs Fund
  • we launched a Vision Derbyshire Climate Change Strategy and Natural Capital Strategy
  • we achieved a 64% reduction in carbon emissions from our estate and operations since 2009-10
  • we secured £250,000 funding to facilitate the planting of trees in Derbyshire  
  • we awarded 21,132 Emergency Cash Payments worth over £2.2 million from the Derbyshire Discretionary Fund to support those facing financial hardship
  • we offered 23,926 residents £100 cost of living payment to help with autumn heating costs through the Household Support Fund
  • we supported more than 4,300 people to complete a Live Life Better Derbyshire Health and Wellbeing MOT
  • our latest inspection activity showed improvement across services for care leavers, youth justice and children in need of help and protection
  • we achieved our target of 91% of children’s homes being judged good or outstanding
  • we provided 70,000 holiday activity and food places to vulnerable children
  • over 1,400 people with a learning disability or who are autistic now have an outcome focused plan in place
  • we helped more than 13,650 people get home from hospital with support
  • we are on track to raise £2.9 million from the disposal of our land and buildings