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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.

Focus group recruitment

The Campaign  Company, working on our behalf, are currently ringing randomly selected telephone numbers (in line with data protection regulations) across the county to ask if the householder would like to join a local discussion group session. The group will talk informally about their views of County Durham, now and in the future, as well as views on the council. If you have received a call please be assured it is genuine.

Current consultations

Adult social care

The Local Government Association (LGA) consultation, titled 'The lives we want to lead', asks how best to pay for social care and support for older people, adults with mental or physical disabilities and unpaid carers. 

The closing date for comments is Wednesday 26 September 2018.

Council budget 2019/20

We want your views on our budget for 2019/20.

The closing date for comments is Friday 19 October 2018.

Children and Young People's Strategy

We want your views on the draft Children and Young People's Strategy and its vision for the future.

The closing date for comments is Sunday 21 September 2018.

Area Action Partnership (AAP) priorities 2019-2021

Our AAPs are wanting the views of local residents across the county to support them to identify the key themes that the AAPs and its partners should work on between 2019 and 2021.

The closing date for comments is Friday 30 November 2018.


We work on a variety of planning schemes across the county and some of these applications require a consultation process. Our Statement of Community Involvement explains how we consult on planning issues currently, including:

Previous consultations

When our consultations close, we analyse the information we receive and make decisions based on that information. Find out about previous consultations:

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