Derby ranked in Top three best cities in the UK to live.

Derby has been named as one of the top three best cities to live in the UK, according to a study.

The research, carried out by online blinds company Web-Blinds.com, ranked the city third, behind Swansea and Plymouth – and ahead of Bristol and Brighton, completing the top five.

The research evaluated a total of 175 different statistics about the top 25 most populated UK cities.

The full story, including deciding criteria can be read on the Derby Telegraph website.

 

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Derby in Financial Times top 10

Derby has ranked in the top ten prestigious “fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future” 2016/17 rankings, which is compiled by the Financial Times.
The city was ranked 10th against 481 other locations across Europe (294 cities, 148 regions and 39 local enterprise partnerships).

Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said:

“This recognition is wonderful, and shows that Derby is truly a global business city with leading brands including Rolls-Royce, Bombardier and Toyota, and their extensive supply chains, based here.”

The full story can be read on Marketing Derby’s website.

Lobbying: Call on the Prime Minister to deliver a fair funding settlement

Since Government cuts began in 2010, Derby City Council has had to cut millions of pounds year after year. In the last five years we have already cut £116 million and now we are required to make further cuts of £45 million by 2019.

Now’s the time to act. Please write to the Prime Minister urging him to intervene to give a fair deal to cities like Derby, which have seen significant reductions in spending power, compared to increases in his own West Oxfordshire constituency. It will only take a couple of minutes but could help protect our city’s most vulnerable people.

The Downing Street web form allows you to send a brief message to the Prime Minister.

If you are able to send a letter by post, which would have more impact, you can write to:

10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

Write your own, or copy and paste the suggested text below:

Dear Mr Cameron,

Government cuts are damaging Derby. Since 2010, Derby City Council has been forced to make £116 million of cuts to services, with a further £45 million to deliver by 2019. As a result, valued public services are under threat.

I believe that further cuts to local government are unfair and unsustainable. With people living longer, poverty increasing and the economy stagnating, the demand for support will only grow and the pressures on local authority services increase.

The Fair Deal for Derby campaign showed that unitary authorities have been unfairly treated compared to councils in the South East. It also showed that urban authorities like Derby had seen significant reductions in spending power, compared to increases in your own West Oxfordshire constituency.

I was shocked to see that Derby and other key cities did not receive a penny of £300 million of transitional funding announced in February 2016, with 83 per cent going to Conservative authorities.

A fairer funding settlement is needed if councils are to meet their legal responsibilities to vulnerable children and adults, whilst also providing those discretionary services that make cities like Derby a great place to live and work. The Chancellor’s Adult Social Care precept is too little, too late and greater local taxation is not the answer to a national crisis.

I urge you to intervene to give a fair deal to cities like Derby and provide a funding model that is sustainable, flexible and appropriate for local circumstances.

Yours sincerely

Excellent employment rate for Derby’s adult learners

The quality of Derby’s Adult Learning Service has been praised following a recent Ofsted visit.

After a visit in January, Ofsted rated learners’ achievement of qualification as good overall but excellent in certain areas.

Their report found students working with Derby’s Adult Learning Service have an excellent chance of finding full-time work. Adding that most learners significantly improved their chances of securing jobs as a result of the service.

Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“This is a richly merited outcome and it is very pleasing to read about the areas which inspectors have drawn out for particular praise.

“Almost a quarter of adults in Derby have no qualifications, but this service undertakes vital work to help those people towards employment and bettering their own situations.

“To have maintained its high standards at a time when the Council is facing increasing pressures because of Government cuts makes this achievement even more commendable.”

Read more on the Derby Telegraph’s website.

Homes in Derby get boost from new planning experts

Two planning experts are being employed by the Council to help push ahead with the Labour administration’s plans to provide more city centre homes.

The Council has secured £213,000 to boost city centre regeneration and bring new life back to the Castleward area, the site of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and the old Friar Gate Goods yard. The three sites are at the centre of the Derby Housing Zone initiative which was launched by the council in 2015.

The money will fund various elements of the Housing Zone project including two members of staff who’ll focus on overcoming various ‘barriers and problems’ associated with re-using the sites as well as building relationships with land owners and developers.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Centre Regeneration Cllr Martin Rawson said:

“We want to see the development of 2,200 new homes within the city centre by 2028. It’s an ambitious plan but this money will help us direct our efforts to make that aspiration a reality.”

Read the full story on the Derby Telegraph’s website.

Council cuts: Not a penny for Derby from £300m pot to ease funding cuts

 

The Government has this week announced a package of funding to ease the burden of cuts on local councils. Despite these promises, analysis of the final Local Government Settlement found that 83 per cent of the extra £300 million available would go to Conservative councils. While southern county councils will get the most relief, major urban areas including Derby will not see a penny of the transitional funding.

Read the full story in today’s Guardian.

Writing to your MP

Writing to your MP is a great way to raise awareness of the severe cuts to Council services that Derby is facing and call for a Fair Deal for Derby.

If your MP then writes to a Minister on your behalf they will receive a reply signed by the Minister. A letter sent directly to a Minister will probably only be seen by a civil servant.

Things to remember:

  • If you’re writing a letter, address it to the MP’s name followed by ‘MP’. Eg Joe Public MP.
  • Keep it brief, firm and polite
  • Focus on your personal experience and the strength of local feeling
  • Ask your MP to contact the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with your concerns

A handwritten letter always has more of an impact, so please write to your MP’s constituency office, or to:

The House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA.

Alternatively, you could send your message by email

Sample letters

You can also download a sample letter.