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.
"I hope that you will agree with me that Derbyshire is a fantastic place to live.
"We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, with relatively low crime, great schools, wonderful places to visit and, most of all, a community that pulls together.
"The job of your County Council, working with our partners, is to protect and nurture what we love about living and working here, while constantly trying to make life even better.
"I am pleased to set out what your Council is working to achieve, on your behalf, over the next two years and beyond.
"At the heart of our plan is a desire to provide you with maximum value for money on your council tax by delivering the most efficient and effective public services possible.
"You will know 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 we still have substantial savings to find. This is not stopping us from being ambitious for the county, although success relies on moving from a paternalistic approach to delivering services to one where we are helping individuals and communities to get on in life and make a difference to where they live.
"The plan that we have set out ensures that our energy and resources are focused on working with you to make that difference. This includes maintaining Derbyshire’s roads to the highest possible standard, supporting our schools to raise the achievement bar even higher, helping people who are more vulnerable to live and flourish in their own communities. We are also focused on attracting investment, growth and prosperity to the county that everyone can benefit from.
"We will do this while making sure that you do not pay a penny more in council tax than you need to. We are proud of the quality of our services and the fact that you pay less for them than most people in UK."