The Big Conversation

Since the Government cuts began in 2010, we have had to cut millions of pounds year after year. In the last four years we have already cut £116 million and we are now required to make further cuts of £49 million by 2019. This means that we will not be able to afford to provide many of the services we currently do.

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.

Derby's Big Conversation continues

To overcome these challenges, we want to get everyone talking. The Big Conversation will continue to 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.

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.  You can give your views:

Online Budget Simulator

In every home, organisation and business in Derby, people have to manage a budget and make important spending decisions. This is the same for the council and we want to make sure you have the opportunity to influence these decisions by showing us which services are the most important to you and your community.

  1. By completing the online budget simulator we are giving you the opportunity to see all of the services the Council can spend its money on and decide where you think less should be spent to save £50 million.
  2. Your Challenge is to balance the Council's overall budget over the next 13 years by making savings of £50 million. You can do this by setting your budget for services and raising fees, charges and Council Tax. 
  3. You will also 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 impacts will be displayed in the consequence box. 

Your opinion matters so please help us by telling us where you would spend the money! 

Council Budget Proposals for 2015/16

Our Revenue Budget Proposals document outlines the main proposals for the Council's budget plans for 2015/16 to 2017/18.  View the presentation slides from the Budget Consultation event held on 7 January 2015.

At its meeting held on 18 February, Council Cabinet considered the results of the Council’s Budget Consultation for 2015/16, along with Derby’s Big Conversation Main Findings – Report on the Feedback Received between 21 July and 20 November 2014

This feedback was further considered at the Full Council meeting held on 4 March 2015 as it agreed the Council’s budget for 2015/16. 

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