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About the council

Durham County Council is a £860 million organisation employing over 8,500 employees (excluding schools).

We have 126 elected Members and are the largest directly elected assembly outside of Westminster.

Serving a population of 518,000 people, we are the seventh largest unitary council in the country, in terms of population.

Council Plan 2016-19

The Council Plan is our high level plan and is underpinned by a series of plans for service groupings. These plans cover three years and are updated annually.

The plan links closely with our Budget/Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) and sets out how we will consider our corporate priorities for improvement, as well as the key actions we will take to deliver the longer-term goals in the Sustainable Community Strategy and our own improvement agenda.

The actions within the plan are structured around the five priority themes for County Durham, plus an additional one specifically for the council:

  • Altogether wealthier - focusing on creating a vibrant economy and putting regeneration and economic development at the heart of all our plans
  • Altogether healthier - improving health and wellbeing
  • Altogether safer - creating a safer and more cohesive county
  • Altogether better for children and young people - enabling children and young people to develop and achieve their aspirations, and to maximise their potential in line with Every Child Matters
  • Altogether greener - ensuring an attractive and 'liveable' local environment, and contributing to tackling global environmental challenges
  • Altogether better council - ensuring corporate improvements are achieved against the five priority themes.  

The Plan is available in two formats:

Council structure

We have recently agreed to introduce a new corporate structure based on five service groupings:

  • Transformation and Partnerships
  • Adults and Health Services
  • Children and Young People’s Services
  • Regeneration and Local Services
  • Resources

A report on a proposed new senior management structure was considered by full Council on 16 May 2016.

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