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Time to have your say in our new 2022 residents’ survey

Published: 3 October 2022

A wide-ranging residents’ survey asking for views on our services and how we should spend our budget has been launched.

We’re encouraging all Derbyshire residents to take part in the annual Your Council Your Voice survey which is launched today (Monday 3 October 2022).

Thousands of Derbyshire residents are expected to take the survey and give their views on a number of council-related areas.

The survey is an opportunity for Derbyshire residents to tell us what they think about the services they use, how satisfied they are with them and which ones they think are most important and why.

As well as the online questionnaire, a series of face-to-face and online focus groups will be set up in the next few weeks and details will be announced shortly as to how to register to take part.

Derbyshire County Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis launched the 2022 survey encouraging people to take part and give their views which will be used to shape how the council is run and spends its budget in the next financial year.

Councillor Lewis said:

“It’s been an incredibly busy and productive year and we’ve achieved many things that will benefit and support our residents and communities as we continue to recover from the effect the pandemic has had on our lives and our economy.

“It’s obvious to all that there are tough times ahead too as we face the rising cost of living which is already being felt in households across the country and will impact on the council’s budget and services too.

“We are doing all we can to continue to offer high quality services to benefit those who need them, while continuing to push forward with plans that will support households and businesses and invest in vital areas. However, this is with a backdrop of increases in prices that means that the previously identified need to make savings of over £40 million in the medium term to balance the books is likely to be revised upwards significantly.

“As an enterprising council we will continue to explore and put in to practice different ways of saving money and generating income while protecting and delivering local services that meet the needs of our residents.”

Councillor Lewis added:

“We’d like to hear from our residents via our annual survey, as their views will help us to shape the council, our services and how we manage and spend the budget for the year ahead.”

The survey itself is divided into clear sections making it straightforward to complete.

One of the main sections asks questions about our budget, asking people to give their views on which services should be prioritised when it comes to spending for 2023 to 2024 and which areas they think should not.

People are asked to list their top and bottom 3 priorities from a list of council services, with an opportunity to give additional information about why they have ranked services as high or low priority

Other topics covered include asking people how satisfied they are with where they live, if they are proud of Derbyshire and if they think it is a safe place to live.

People are also asked if they are involved in any organisations or groups, whether they offer help and support to others as a volunteer and if they feel supported and know where to get advice and support.

Ideas for saving money and raising additional revenue are also areas covered, with the opportunity for participants to give suggestions.

The survey runs until Sunday 13 November 2022.

Papers copies are available on request by ringing Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190.

Those taking part will get the opportunity to enter a prize draw with one person winning £100 of shopping vouchers.

Our Cabinet will consider the survey responses relating to the budget, along with budget proposals, at a meeting in early 2023, and it will then be considered at a meeting of the Full Council in February 2023.

Derbyshire residents will be given the chance to have their say about individual proposals which may affect them after decisions have been made about the overall budget.

Responses relating to non-budget issues in the survey will be used to help shape and improve council services in the year ahead.