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Celebrating 'impressive progress' and update on County Deals

Published on 28 February 2022.

A recent report published by the Local Government Association, (LGA) has highlighted the hard work that you’ve been doing, often in extremely challenging circumstances, to deliver results for our residents.

We originally invited the LGA to carry out a ‘corporate peer challenge’ in October 2018 which made a number of recommendations. Over the past 3 years we’ve acted on each of these, driving forward our Enterprising Council approach, working together as ‘One Council’ and improving our partnership working.

According to the new report, we’ve made impressive progress, carried out excellent work, and are in a strong position to deliver results for residents. In particular the report states that we have excelled in emergency situations, something that was demonstrated again last weekend, and that people looked on the council as a safe and trusted organisation. Although there is always more to do, I’d like to thank each of you for your continued hard work and invite you to read the full LGA report.

Since the government announcement a few weeks ago about Derbyshire being one of 9 authorities across the country to be selected to be a pathfinder for a County Deal, lots of work has been going on internally and with our partners to make sure we get good results for the county. We’re now in the negotiation period which we expect to carry on until the Autumn. The key is for us to have clear asks of government, and to be ambitious in what we can achieve for Derbyshire and more widely while making sure we can deliver, so that we make the most of this opportunity and capitalise on the confidence government clearly has in the county.

Finally, following government changes to self-isolation and testing requirements, we are reviewing our guidance for employees and will share any updates with you as soon as possible. In the meantime, our existing policy around self-isolation and testing applies so please continue to follow our self-isolation guidance. The effects of COVID will last for a long time and we may see further increases in infection rates but this is an opportunity to reflect on the outstanding work you’ve done to support our communities throughout the pandemic so far. Once again, I’d like to thank each of you for your dedication.

Best wishes

Emma Alexander, Managing Director