Have your say on our budget proposals for 2018/19

Over the last six years the council have faced one of the greatest financial challenges in our history and will, by March 2018, have had to save more than £200 million. The outlook remains challenging as Government funding continues to reduce and demand for some services is rising. Uncertainties around Brexit, possible new business rate retention rules, social care funding and welfare reforms all add to a complex picture.

There is still a way to go to reach savings of £250 million by 2022 and we need your help again to balance the budget for 2018/19 for which we need to find a further £15.3 million.

To view our proposals, have your say and see what we are doing to ensure the future prosperity of the county visit


Bereavement and Funeral Poverty


You are invited to participate in a study being conducted relating to bereavement and funeral poverty. The aim of the research is to further understand how the change to Bereavement Support Payment may effect claimants and to consider the adequacy of the support available overall to bereaved families. Your views would be most valuable on this important subject, whether or not you have much experience in this area or with the new benefit.


Participation would involve completing an online questionnaire. It will take around 10 minutes to answer all the multiple choice questions. You are under no obligation to participate in the research and there is no material incentive for you to do so.


All questions will be completed anonymously; the researcher will not know who has completed the questionnaire.


The researcher is Jennifer Cowen and she can be contacted at:


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If you have any further questions about anything to do with the questionnaire, or the research in general, please feel free to contact her.


If you would like to participate and make your views count, please click on the link below to see the research questionnaire and further information on the study:


Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:



Macmillan Joining the Dots County Durham – Your Views?

Macmillan Joining the Dots County Durham wants to know what you think about plans for a new service for people affected by cancer.

The consultation runs until 5pm on Friday 10th November 2017.

You can learn more about the plans and have your say at: or by attending the Joining the Dots event on Thursday 5th October 2017 at Spennymoor Leisure Centre 9.30 am – 2.00 pm. 





Breast Cancer Screening Survey


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Healthwatch County Durham would like to learn more about the experience of breast cancer screening services to identify if there is anything that can be improved. We will use this information to make recommendations to improve future services.

Healthwatch County Durham would appreciate if any ladies would spare a couple of minutes to complete the survey below:



Health and Social Care survey

Do you work with the frail elderly or those with long term health conditions?

Do you have an interest in the Integration of Health and Social Care?

Do you provide or collaborate of any locally led community services such as lunch clubs, befriending services or other projects that bring together the frail elderly or those with long term conditions in a community setting?

Durham Community Action would like to find out the current level of engagement across the sector and would appreciate if you (or the most appropriate member of your organisation) could complete the following survey.

Closing date for the survey is Wednesday 6 September 2017.

Please click the link to complete the survey :