A Council That Listens

Your Council is elected to serve you. Not just to ask for votes once a year and presume that, because you voted for them that they now know exactly what you want for the next year, but to listen to the needs and cares of people from all over Derby, all year round.

We can't satisfy everyone all at once - but we can ensure the Council has a culture at all levels of listening to and serving us all first and foremost.

We will -

  • Restore a good working relationship with the voluntary sector and work to make sure it is strong and secure
  • Ensure Derby retains successful libraries across the city
  • Create a culture of openness and accountability in the provision of services
  • Make the city council serve and stay accountable to the people by changing to the committee system and retaining the present system of electing by thirds rather than only once every four years
  • Resist efforts to reduce the Council's accountability to local people by reducing the number of elections
  • Take advantage of the Job Centre being in the Council House to work more closely together and better benefit people
  • Look to use shared back-office services and shared working with other local authorities where it can be shown to decrease costs without reducing local services
  • Open a conversation with neighbouring councils about expanding the city' boundaries to match the growing community of Derby rather than the current artificial lines that cut through community ties
  • Acknowledge the Government report that Derby is an area with a history and risk of electoral fraud and work to provide free voter ID to all eligible voters as in Northern Ireland
  • Reverse changes to planning committee rules that have made it much harder for communities and individuals to have a say in decisions that affect them.