The Big Conversation

Your Money Your Views budget simulator button

Due to cuts in government funding and rising costs of providing services, the Council has to save £69 million over the next three years. This means we will not be able to afford to provide all the services we currently do in every home, organisation and business in Derby.

Derby’s Big Conversation is about exploring the challenges facing the city due to the cuts in funding to public sector service providers. It is also about developing a strong and meaningful long-term vision for Derby.

Getting everyone talking

To overcome these challenges, we want to get everyone talking. The Big Conversation will be a partnership between public, private, voluntary and faith organisations as well as our many diverse communities.‌

We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to influence these decisions by inviting you to tell us which services are the most important to you, your family and your community.

To do this, we are giving you, the people of Derby, the opportunity to understand where the Council currently spends its money and decide where you think less should be spent to save £69 million.

We encourage everyone to have their say on the future of the Council and would welcome your views and feedback at any stage as we continue our Big Conversation - so make your views count.

Take part in our Your Money Your Views budget simulator and find out more about the events we will be holding over the next six months. For more information on this please email

Online budget simulator

Take part in the online budget simulator and follow the guidance below:

  1. Your challenge is to balance the Council’s overall budget by £60m by setting your budget for services and raising fees, charges and Council Tax
  1. At the start you will be presented with a list of Council service areas. For each area you can choose to increase funding by 10%, keep the funding at the same level, or decrease it by 10%, 25%, 50%, 75% or 100%
  2. The consequences of each change in funding are displayed in summary or in detail when you press the ’more information’ button - this will help you make your decision
  1. In addition, you will see options for Income Fees and Charges and Council Tax. By clicking on these, you can choose to increase specific income, fees and charges or Council Tax. The impact will be displayed in the consequence box.
  1. As you make your decisions, you will see the total expenses and the overspend at the top of the screen to see how far away you are from balancing the budget. Once you have achieved a set level of savings you will be able to ‘review and submit’ your budget
  1. Your opinions matter so please help us by telling us where you would spend the money!

Read our budget proposals

We've published our Revenue Budget Proposals document in preparation for finalising the 2015/16 budget. This document outlines the main proposals for the Council's budget plans for 2015/16 to 2017/18.

Once you've completed the budget simulator we'd encourage you to please read the Revenue Budget Proposals document and have your say on the future of the Council.

How can I give detailed feedback on the proposals?

If you have specific feedback on the details contained in the Revenue Budget Proposal and how we can balance our budget, take part in the consultation by completing the feedback form on our Your City Your Say pages.

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