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Changing the way we provide services

On 22 February 2018 our Cabinet approved a report which set out how we are moving towards being an enterprising council.

Read the Cabinet report about being an enterprising council.

We will now be entering a period of significant change in how we deliver services to residents and in the way our employees will work in the future.

Using the term 'enterprising council' helps us to explain how we are changing to our residents and our employees.

Find out more about our plans for the next four years in our Council Plan.

Reasons for the change

Like every other council in the country our money has to stretch even further than it has in the past.

And as well as having less to spend, the number of older people, people with dementia and children at risk of harm is rising, putting more pressure on our budget.

It is more important than ever that we put value for money at the heart of everything we do. Already around 50% of what we do is provided by voluntary or commercial organisations and this will undoubtedly increase in the future.

But it's not all about saving money. For any large organisation it is important to change as the world changes, to modernise and take advantage of exciting new technology and better ways of doing things.

To provide the services local people want and need in the future we must rise to the challenge with enthusiasm by thinking and doing things differently, by not shirking bold decisions or change, and by being commercially-minded in seeking the best results out of every penny we spend.

In short, we will be enterprising in everything we do.

Through being an enterprising council we will provide 21st century public services that make Derbyshire proud. And, most importantly, we will be continuing to improve life for local people for years to come.

Being an enterprising council means:

  • value for money is at the heart of everything we do
  • we are efficient and effective
  • we focus on getting the best results for our residents whether that's by delivering a service ourselves or by using an external organisation − there is no one size fits all
  • we have a bold, innovative and commercial mind-set and we think and act as if our residents can choose who delivers their services
  • we do things 'with' local people rather than 'to' them and we value fairness, openness and partnership
  • we are proud of Derbyshire and ambitious for our public services.

More information for employees about our move towards becoming an enterprising council.