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 £45 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 the budget simulator allowed those living, working and visiting Derby the opportunity to influence these decisions by showing us which services were the most important to them and their community.

The Budget Simulator was open from 8 September 2015 to 31 March 2016 and the results are now being analysed and will be fed back to Cabinet in Summer 2016. If you want to make any comments then please use the online feedback form or email

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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