The county's future prosperity
Apart from budget savings, what are we doing to ensure the county's future prosperity and improve the quality of life in our local communities?
Working across the county
Our economic and strategic plans for the county have resulted in projects and outcomes which benefit all of us. Here are just a few highlights:
- Hitachi, ResQ and Atom Bank have chosen to locate their business in the county creating 2,230 jobs.
- Developments in Durham City including on the riverside and at Aykley Heads, at Netpark in Sedgefield and at Forrest Park in Newton Aycliffe will lead to 14,000 new jobs in the coming years.
- In 2015, there was a 3% increase in visitors across the county, a 2% increase in visitor spending and the number of people employed in the tourism industry was up 2%.
- Our world-class cultural programme boosts tourism - Lumiere 2015 attracted more than 200,000 people and delivered a £9.6million boost to the local economy.
- A pioneering approach has reduced youth offending rates and re-offending.
- Together with BT and the Rural Community Broadband Fund we've invested in our digital infrastructure. As a result, 98% of premises will have access to fibre broadband across the county.
- Transfer of social housing to the County Durham Housing Group has enabled the development of a 30 year plan to maintain standards, develop new homes and improve neighbourhoods - something we could not have done if housing had remained in-house.
- Our award-winning community assets transfer programme has helped to retain almost 100 community buildings.
- Our education attainment results at Key Stage 2, GCSE and A Level are better than the national average.
- DurhamWorks, a programme for 16-24 year olds not in employment, education or training, has helped over 3,000 young people since it started in 2016.
- Independent assessment of our street and environmental cleanliness services highlights
Working in your community
Working closely with our local communities to address their needs is very important to us. Our Area Action Partnerships (AAPs) operate in 14 areas of the county. They all have a budget to spend on local priorities that are decided each year by local people.
Priorities can vary from helping people into employment, to supporting voluntary and community projects to providing opportunities for children and young people.
There are currently 15,000 AAP forum members, over 1,000 of which are involved in local task groups.
Since their formation in 2009:
- Over 30,000 of you have helped decide how local funds are spent.
- 4,594 local projects have been sponsored.
- £37.5 million has been invested which has attracted a further £49.3 million of funding - so for every £1 put in a further £1.31 contribution has been made by project partners.