At the heart of our updated plan is ensuring we provide maximum value for money for the council tax our residents pay by delivering the most efficient and effective services we can. Our key priorities are:
The plan is reviewed and updated annually to ensure it continues to reflect our ambitions and priorities, and to report on our progress in delivering the commitments set out in the plan. Key changes have been made to the plan to reflect the vital community leadership role the council has played and will continue to play over the next 12 months, in ensuring work with partners and local communities addresses both the challenges and opportunities presented by COVID-19 and climate change.
"Derbyshire is a wonderful place to live, work and visit and I have always been very proud to lead an organisation that works so hard and so well to support services that help to make our wonderful county what it is.
"My pride has never been greater than it has over the past few months when the council has come together with is partners and communities to work as one and help to get us all through the coronavirus pandemic.
"Everyone has had to make many adjustments and the council is no different. Huge changes to the way we do things have been made over the past few months to try to mitigate the effects of the virus outbreak in every aspect of our work and the services we provide.
"We have faced the challenges with a dynamic and flexible response and there is no doubt the decisions taken have ensured the most has been made of our resources while providing the best possible services we can and protecting our most vulnerable.
"It is well documented that there is a lot less money to spend than there used to be. We have had to reduce our spending by a third since 2010 and still have substantial savings to find. Coronavirus will inevitably impact on the council's budget too, and this will be reflected in decisions we will face in the future. What will not change is our approach to delivering services, which aims to be one where we support individuals and communities to get on in life and make a difference to where they live.
"Our focus as we go forward will be to support our communities through any longer-term effects of coronavirus, helping them to recover and rebuild. We already know how resilient and strong they are, and it will continue to be our job to support them any way we can to thrive and prosper.
"We have an excellent base on which to build. We already have good schools for our children, relatively low crime rates across the county and beautiful countryside which we will once again enjoy. We will support our local economy to get back to full strength, particularly our hard hit hospitality and tourism industry.
"And we will continue with the strong work we started on tackling climate change and reducing our carbon footprint. Our commitment is set out under the heading 'A prosperous and green Derbyshire', and our goal remains the same - by 2032 your council intends to be carbon neutral in terms of the property we run, street-lighting and our vehicles.
"The council's carbon footprint makes up just 1% of Derbyshire's emissions however, and we will continue to work together with district and boroughs, the city council, businesses and communities to bring about radical change.
"The impact of coronavirus on our residents, businesses and the council is reflected in this refreshed plan, and the virus hasn't changed the fact we remain ambitious for our county.
"Our refreshed plan makes clear that our continued energy and resources will be focused on working with you to make that difference. This includes repairing and maintaining Derbyshire's roads to a high standard, supporting our schools to raise the achievement bar even higher and helping people who are more vulnerable to live and flourish in their own communities. Our efforts will also continue to concentrate on encouraging investment and growth, to bring about greater prosperity which will benefit us all.
"We will work to deliver what we set out to do in an enterprising way with value for money at the heart of this, protecting and nurturing what we love about living and working here, strengthening and supporting recovery where it's needed and constantly trying to make life better for everyone."