This is a summary of the Council pledges which support our vision for a strong Derby – where people work together, can enjoy good health and wellbeing throughout their life and feel that they belong to a thriving community.
A majority of people have expressed an interest in switching to a Derby energy tariff if it would mean cheaper energy bills.
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A majority of people have expressed an interest in switching to a Derby energy tariff if it would mean lower energy bills.
Ram Energy will launch in September, offering a new option for those seeking cheaper gas and electricity. Because Ram Energy will be owned by the Council, any profit will be used to keep prices down – saving people money and tackling fuel poverty.
More affordable housing is needed in Derby.
The Council will work with developers and other agencies to ensure that the additional homes will be available by March 2020.
The Council wants to ensure a varied, sustainable programme of events for the local community, which will also attract visitors to Derby.
We will develop a Cultural Charter, allowing local businesses and other partners to jointly deliver the events that are most valued by the city.
Christmas lights are enjoyed by all and help to increase footfall in the city centre, to the benefit of local businesses.
That is why the Council will ensure the provision of festive lights and a switch on event in 2017. We will seek active support from commercial and other partners to meet the costs involved.
Derby’s voluntary sector plays a key role in the life of the city, but because of budget cuts the Council’s ability to provide financial support has been limited.
We’re launching the crowdfunding platform this summer, to provide a new way for voluntary and community groups to secure funding for their important work.
The Council is committing £1.5m over the next four years to enable key contributors to Derby’s culture to become self-sustaining.
We will use this time to work on securing funding from a range of sources to help the Museums Trust and cultural partners such as QUAD, Déda, and Sinfonia Viva.
Because of financial pressures, the Council has consulted about a new way of delivering library services, which involves the active support of volunteers and/or community groups.
In making any changes, we will work to ensure that no local library has to close.
Being able to swim is an essential skill for all children, both as a source of enjoyment and a potential saver of lives.
The Council will ensure that our schools swimming programme continues to be delivered.
Unoccupied properties can blight local communities and make no sense when more homes are needed.
The Council will use a range of measures to bring 300 empty houses back into use over the next three years – including using our powers to buy them where necessary.
From April 2018, all Derby council tenants will be offered £100 to look after their home, be a good neighbour and pay their rent promptly.
The scheme is designed to discourage anti-social behaviour, reduce rent arrears and promote more efficient ways of working.
The Council is committed to providing affordable homes for people in Derby.
That is why council tenants will not see the rent portion of their weekly payments increase for the next three years.
We want to help people live healthier lives.
Over the coming year, the Council will make positive advice and support available to enable citizens to increase physical activity, lose excess weight and stop smoking.
It is important that older people who have had a stay in hospital can return home as soon as possible.
We will help 460 people to get out of hospital by March 2018 – working more closely with the local NHS to deliver joined up care.
A hungry child is less able to concentrate at school, which undermines their ability to learn.
Supported by commercial partners, the Council is already ensuring that 400 children every day get a free breakfast. In 2018, we will increase this to 800 children a day.
Free childcare enables parents to go to work and prepares youngsters for school.
We will promote the entitlement to free childcare for three and four year olds to those who are eligible – increasing take-up from 92% to 100% over the next three years.
The Council has worked hard in recent years to deal with serious financial pressures.
Because of this, we still have a robust capital programme for one-off projects to improve key facilities, buildings and infrastructure across the city.