New direction for Derbyshire County Council

Published on: Monday, 19th February 2018

An ambitious new approach which will set the future direction of Derbyshire County Council is to be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet at a meeting on 22 February.

Cabinet members will consider a report which sets out the council’s new enterprising council approach. This new way of working seeks to make the most of new technology and better ways of doing things where value for money is at the heart of everything the council does.

Derbyshire County Council’s Leader, Councillor Barry Lewis, explained: “The role and shape of public services has changed dramatically and we face significant challenges in providing the services local people want and need.

“What we need is an ambitious plan for the future, focused on getting the best results for our residents, whether that’s by the council delivering a service itself, or by an external organisation.

“We need to be bold and innovative and have a commercial mind set.  At the moment around 50% of council services are already run on our behalf by the voluntary sector, parish councils, public-private partnerships, private contractors or charitable and community interest companies. We will be looking at all these types of delivery models and more in the future, including sharing or trading services with other councils.”

A key priority of the new approach will be to look at different ways of delivering council services and every council service will be reviewed.  A number of services have been identified to pilot the approach. These include:

  • Occupational health – a small service that provides support to employees and their managers.
  • Assistive technology – alarm monitoring services for older and vulnerable people, currently provided by external companies.
  • Learning disabilities – an engagement exercise is underway with people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.
  • Libraries – a new strategy is being developed to look at different ways to deliver library services.
  • Property – a review of options for delivering a more sustainable and cost effective property management service.
  • Highways and fleet management – a review will look at options for the highways and fleet management service.
  • Leaving care – a new service approach will be developed.
  • Sports and outdoor service – options on future ownership will be presented to cabinet in July.

An enterprising council strategy, setting out the key steps and actions, will be developed, which will be considered by the council’s Cabinet in the future.

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