At the first Full Council meeting of the new municipal year, and with a new administration in place, there was an opportunity for the conduct of the proceedings to be different – […]
The £12m gap in next year’s Council budget is more concerning than the A52 overspend. The financial planning system is “out of control”.
At the Cabinet Meeting next week the new Conservative administration will present its proposed Medium Term Financial Strategy for 2019/2020 to 2022/2023. The plan reveals a significant gap between expected spend and […]
The new Conservative administration seems to be supporting and continuing the Library strategy with the imminent “transfer” of Allestree library. This is despite the evidence on the ground being that it is […]
The previous Labour Council’s rhetoric was that Libraries had to be reviewed and made ‘community managed’ due to the impact of Central Government cuts. They had no choice?! In the 12 July […]
Today, the ribbon was cut by the Deputy Mayor, Frank Harwood, at the formal opening of the first Community Managed Library, in Sinfin. The deal was formally signed by Derby City Council, […]
If you go into Derby’s first Community Managed Library in Sinfin, you won’t be served by Direct Help and Advice’s (DHA) volunteer staff, but by paid, Derby City Council, library managers. One […]
A52 project; Council approved an unfunded £9.5m overspend in January 2018…which no one knew about, until now?
Derby City Council’s Acting Chief Executive, Christine Durrant, dropped a “bombshell” on the desk of the new Council leadership at the end of last week regarding the A52 road improvement scheme. “Very […]
Last night was Day 1 of the new Council administration. It formalised much of what had been discussed in the media in terms of who would run the Council, and who was […]
On Wednesday this week, the Conservative group should take up office as the new minority administration in Derby City Council. They will be supported by the Liberal Democrats and UKIP to secure […]
Derby City Council operates a very strict Data Protection policy in its libraries; it stipulates that volunteers have no access to the Library Management system. They are unable to view any personal […]
Cllrs Banwait and Bayliss test the “purdah” rules: Have they used public money to influence the outcome of the election?
Since 27th March 2018, Derby City Council (DCC) has been in the pre-election period , known as “purdah”. This means that the use of Council resources for political purposes is strictly prohibited […]
Alex Dann, Independent Candidate for Oakwood, reflects back on her 2018 campaign: Previous article about Alex as she set off on her bid to be elected : “Can you be an Independent […]
This is the last in a series of 3 interviews with the Party Leaders about their 2018 manifestos. Labour chose not to participate. Ruth Skelton – Liberal Democrat Matthew Holmes – Conservative […]
This is the second in a series of 3 interviews with the Party Leaders about their 2018 manifestos. Labour chose not to participate. Ruth Skelton – Liberal Democrat Matthew Holmes – Conservative […]
Council protects Management jobs at the expense of front-line paid Library Assistants….still to be replaced by volunteers
The Council’s strategy to offload 10 libraries to Direct Help and Advice (DHA) by the end of 2018, is now in progress with the first library, Sinfin, being handed over in Mid-May […]
This is the first in a series of 3 interviews with the Party Leaders about their 2018 manifestos. Labour chose not to paticipate. Ruth Skelton – Liberal Democrat Matthew Holmes – Conservative […]
As lead partner in a consortium of local authorities in the county, Derby City Council is taking part in a pilot scheme to enable the Government to develop its plan to move […]
By law every child is entitled to an “appropriate education” regardless of ability. The Council, legally, has to take the necessary steps to provide schooling that recognises the needs of the individual […]
Councils “tick-box” approach to the education plans for Special Needs children is only storing up problems for the future
3.5 years ago, all Councils were mandated by Government to convert all old-style Special Educational Needs (SEN) Statements into a new, more comprehensive Education Heath and Care Plan (EHCP); this document is […]
RAM Energy : Can significantly overstate real savings – check the maths carefully before signing up!
The Council has previously back-tracked significantly on its claim that Ram Energy is the cheapest tariff. It revised the position to state that, if someone has not switched before, then RAM Energy […]