Last few days to have your say on our budget consultation

8 November 2017

There are just a few days left to have your say on how we should spend our budget next year. 

We launched a consultation at the end of September asking what council services were important to you and where you'd spend the most money and where you'd spend less in 2018-19 if you held the purse strings.

More than 6,000 people have already responded and taken the consultation survey online − more than ever before. 

The deadline for views is Sunday 12 November and we're urging everyone who wants to have a say to make sure they take the quick survey before the consultation closes.

Derbyshire County Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis encouraged people who haven't yet taken part to go online and take the survey.

The survey is made up of five main questions and asks you to choose three service areas which are the most and least important to you, and where you'd concentrate the budget.

Areas which we're asking you to consider in the survey include:

  • unlocking economic growth
  • repairing and improving Derbyshire's roads
  • keeping children and adults safe
  • investing in employment and skills
  • supporting library services
  • promoting Derbyshire as a global cultural and tourist destination
  • encouraging healthy lifestyles.

The survey also gives you the opportunity to make your own suggestions about where savings could be made across our services and asks by how much you think council tax could be raised in the coming year.

Last year we raised council tax by 3.99%, which included an extra 2% specifically to fund and protect some adult care services for older and vulnerable people, in line with Government guidance. We're proposing to do this again for 2018-19.

Councillor Barry Lewis said:

"It's really important that we hear the views of as many Derbyshire residents as possible before we make any final decisions on how the budget will be spent next year.

"The more views we get the better so that we can plan and make sure we're getting it right for Derbyshire people."

People taking part in the survey will be entered into a draw to win £100 of Amazon vouchers.

A paper questionnaire is available in all the county's libraries.

No decisions have yet been made on the budget and our Cabinet will consider all the responses to the survey before drawing up firm budget proposals which will be considered in February 2018.