Derby is a safe, compact city with a clearly-defined centre and distinct, cosmopolitan neighbourhoods. With an internationally recognised industrial heritage and now one of the world's leading aerospace cities, it has a strong identity and yet is surrounded by beautiful countryside.
The city itself includes over 800 hectares of municipal parks and the river Derwent flows right through the centre.
For more information about the city as an exciting place to live and work, see Derby Does It
We have been a unitary Council since 1997. We employ over 12,000 people and are the largest single employer in the city. The Council is made up of five directorates, Adults Housing and Health, Children and Young People, Neighbourhoods, Resources and Chief Executive's Office.
Derby Homes is the 'arms-length' housing organisation that manages and maintains our housing stock. All other housing services are managed by the Director of Corporate and Adult Social Services.
The Council is made up of 51 councillors representing 17 wards. As of May 2012, there are 28 Labour members, 14 Conservatives and 9 Liberal Democrats. There are four Overview and Scrutiny Commissions, plus a Scrutiny Management Commission that support the work of the Cabinet and the Council as a whole.
To give local citizens a greater say in Council affairs, we have neighbourhood forums in every ward. They provide a forum for residents to discuss local issues and petitions with ward councillors and our partner organisations.
Over the next three years we are committed to improving services. This will be challenging in the face of budget pressures but we will do our best to meet customer needs more effectively and efficiently.
We will be working with our partners from the private, public and voluntary sector to support 'The Derby Plan' for 2011 to 2026 and deliver the city's vision.
We will focus on six key outcomes that are based on feedback received from residents, visitors and partners through the '3 wishes consultation campaign' completed in 2010.
We are also working towards making improvements in two areas that will improve our services: