We want to give everyone who lives in County Durham, works here or comes to visit, the chance to help improve our services and influence the decisions we make. One way that we do this is through holding consultations.
Before making significant changes to any of our services we ask the public for their views. This helps us ensure our services meet the needs of our communities. For details on how we consult with people, please download our consultation and engagement strategy.
The introduction of the Care Act 2014 is resulting in changes to local authority adult social care across the country. The Care Act has been introduced to put people and their carers in control of their care and support. This means we must provide and maintain a comprehensive information and advice service which will offer people the opportunity to take control in choosing services. The information offered must be easy to understand and navigate helping individuals choose the care and support they need.
To meet this, we are intending to refresh the way we deliver our information, and provide a replacement to the existing information, advice and the online directory of services known as Durham Information Guide (DIG). The proposed replacement for DIG will be called Durham Locate.
We're consulting a number of user groups in January 2015 on the styling for the proposed new website. The consultation will enable people to influence the look and content of Locate home page, including the categories, search functions, layout, links and accessibility.
If you would like to know more about the consultation please contact Glenn Robinson, Partnerships Co-ordinator on 03000 265442.
Closing date for comments is Friday 30 January 2015.
The Community Buildings Grant is a non-recurring grant for community building management groups. It has supported the council's Community Buildings Strategy to 'ensure that by 2014 the county has a network of sustainable, well placed, highly valued and well used community buildings which are controlled by local people'.
We are now consulting with community building management groups to seek their views on the review of the Community Building Grant. As part of this review, we propose to withdraw the grant and instead offer advice to management groups to help them to be self-sustainable, including funding advice.
Closing date for comments is Friday 27 February 2015.
The Office of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner are seeking your views on their refreshed Police and Crime Plan for 2015-17. For information please visit Office of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner - public consultations.
Help us shape services aimed at improving the health of children in the county by telling us what you think about your school nurse service. We want to hear from school children, parents, carers, teachers and others who work with children and young people in the county.
Closing date for comments is Monday 16 February 2015.
We work on a variety of planning schemes across the county and some of these applications require a consultation process. You can find:
When our consultations close, we analyse the information we receive and make decisions based on that information. Find out about previous consultations: