A plan has been drawn up by Derbyshire County Council to set out its key priorities for the next three years.
The draft council plan, called ‘A fair deal for Derbyshire - Building a better future together’ is structured around five key pledges.
A Derbyshire that works – Building a strong economy, making sure communities are well-connected with good transport links and developing a skilled and confident workforce.
A healthy Derbyshire – Making communities healthier with reduced health inequalities.
A safer Derbyshire – Creating resilient and safe communities, supporting people in hard times and providing sustainable and green communities
A Derbyshire that cares – Helping children, young people and families to thrive, supporting older people and adults with physical and learning disabilities and helping them, where possible, to lead independent lives.
A local Derbyshire – Leading the way as an ambitious and dynamic council which puts communities at the heart of decision making.
A range of priorities are set out in the plan which was developed using research and information about the county and the results of the council’s Derbyshire, Your Say’ consultation with local people last year.
Today (Tuesday 25 March 2014) Cabinet members recommended the plan for approval by Full Council on 9 April 2014 along with departmental service plans and budgets which have been drawn-up for the year ahead.
If it is approved, the plan – which covers the period from 2014-17 – will be refreshed on an annual basis to make sure it continues to reflect the priorities of the council and remains fit for purpose given the financial challenges that lie ahead.
Councillor Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “Derbyshire County Council needs to cut £157 million from its budget by 2018. In times like these it’s easy to despair, but now more than ever Derbyshire deserves a strong council with a clear, bold and focussed plan for the county.
“This council isn’t just about providing local services, important though they are. We also have a duty, working with partners, to shape Derbyshire for future generations.
“This plan will help us work towards common goals to help people live safe and healthy lives and create a strong economy to build a better future for Derbyshire.”
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