Today, the Cabinet is set to approve a proposal by Council Officers, to spend £1m on a new “Change Derby” programme. After much questioning last night at the Executive Scrutiny Board ( […]
When is a balanced position, not a balanced position? When you use reserves to plug the gap! When is a budget, not the budget? When you change it during the year! Some […]
Parents with children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) have a constant battle with Derby City Council over the funding to support their child’s education. This friction is not a […]
Whilst the local elections across the country seem to have been hit by a “Brexit effect”, the same cannot be said for Derby City Council. The Derby News predictions published on 22nd […]
Child Sex Abuse case: Chris Williamson, ex-Cllr Sara Bolton, Derby City Council and the Police failed to act. “Why the cover up?”
In April 2015, during the sentencing of Shane Clifton, a Derby man who had repeatedly raped his daughter from the age of 8 through to 13, Judge Stuart Rafferty stated ” You […]
There are reports that Police are investigating allegations of postal vote fraud in Abbey Ward, relating to next week’s Derby City Council elections, involving a Labour Party volunteer. Cllr Asaf […]
“An alternative to Party Politics”; Alex Dann and Phil Ingall as Independent candidates in Derby City Council elections.
The political system is not conducive to Independent candidates winning elections. The party “machines”, together with the a widespread tradition of consistently voting for the same political colour, makes it an uphill […]
On 2nd May there will be local elections for each of the 17 wards in the City; this represents just one-third of the total number of Councillors in the Council chamber. All […]
Will the lure of money over-rule heritage value in the development of Derby’s historic Middleton House?
In the heart of Derby, near to the Cathedral, on St Mary’s Gate, is a Grade II listed building – MIddleton House. It is situated within the City Conservation Area and is […]
Funding for the education of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is a very sensitive issue but rarely attracts much popular attention. When it does, it is often misunderstood. Support […]
At 17 floors high, and 201 residential apartments, the “Landmark” is set to be the tallest building in Derby City Centre. Sited on the car park on Phoenix Street, adjacent to St […]
The Council’s Library strategy is a mirage – an illusion! An unreachable position; but one that is still affecting the lives of dozens of library staff still left dangling in limbo. Thus […]
Cllr Amo Raju was elected to the Council just under 4 years ago. As the Chief Executive of Disability Direct, for over two decades, he has been instrumental in promoting support for […]
Next week the Full Council agrees the 209 page Budget statement for 2019/20. This is a weighty document for the busy reader. Below is a quick guide through the main highlights. What’s […]
Today, the Council issued the Independent Reviewer’s 136 page report on the A52 project. As highlighted in previous Derby News articles, the root cause of the cost overruns and delays was poor […]
In December 2018 the Conservative administration announced their plans to refurbish and enhance the Assembly Rooms for £24m. This was in contrast to the previous Labour administration’s plans to build a new […]
A brief review of article highlights for this year…and some predictions for this coming year. Banwait loses his seat, and Labour lose control of the Council By May 2018, when the local […]
Yesterday, the Council’s Cross-Party Executive Scrutiny Board examined and challenged the Cabinet paper on the new, refurbished, Assembly Rooms plan. This proposal was part of the Conservative Group’s 2018 manifesto; the commitment […]
Creative Carers will close on 30 November 2018; this does not need to happen – time for the Council to be Creative!
Around 25,000 people in Derby ( ~10% of the population) are unpaid Carers – and the figure continues to grow. These are people caring for family, and friends who are disabled, or […]
Today, the Judge dismissed Ranjit Banwait’s petition against Cllr Paul Bettany. Had the petition been successful, Cllr Bettany would have had to have left office immediately. It would have also have had […]