Consultations / Surveys

County Durham Time to Change Hubs Attitude survey

The County Durham Time To Change Hub's 'Mental Health Attitudes Survey' is open to any individual living or working in County Durham, both young people and adults.

The survey is open until 31 December 2019 and the results will help inform the priorities for the future of the County Durham Time To Change Hub and the County Durham mental health anti-stigma campaign group Stamp It Out.

To access the survey, click here:

Third Sector Trends Study

Durham University would like you to take part in a 10 year study of the voluntary and community sector which is running across the North of England.

The findings from the study will be used to build a picture of how organisations and groups work, how they get their resources and how they are planning to work in the future.

The research will help inform national and local government, health organisations and charitable foundations so that they make good decisions on how to invest in the activity of the third sector.

The survey takes 20 minutes to complete and can be accessed at

Recent reports from the study so far can be found at:

If you have any questions about the research and/or the questionnaire, please contact Professor Tony Chapman, St Chad’s College, Durham University, 18 North Bailey, DURHAM DH1 3RH or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Long Term Empty Property Council Tax Premium consultation

Durham County Council is reviewing their policy relating to council tax charges for empty properties and want your views on proposals which would see the premium charge increased for long term empty properties.


Empty properties can deteriorate rapidly and become a target for vandalism and crime, having a negative effect on the neighbourhood and surrounding area. 

Since April 2013, we have charged a 50% premium on properties that have been unoccupied and unfurnished for more than 2 years unless they were undergoing major repairs. Up to 12 months delay in paying the premium could be allowed so major repairs could be completed. Within six months of being introduced in 2013, 727 properties had been brought back into use. A third of all long-term empty properties are owned by absent landlords.

Following a change in the law in April 2019, we can now charge a larger percentage of premium for these types of houses.

Evidence shows that the premium provides an incentive to the owners of long-term empty properties to bring them back into use and could potentially boost the supply of properties available to rent in the county and help support our housing and homeless strategies.

To find out more and have your say on this consultation, please go to and complete the online survey.

The deadline is 5pm on 6 October 2019.

Climate Emergency Consultation

In February 2019, Durham County Council declared a Climate Emergency which has committed the Council in making a 60% reduction in its emissions by 2030 and to investigate what further actions are necessary to make the county carbon neutral by 2050.

Officers in the Low Carbon Economy Team have prepared a Climate Emergency Update Report which identifies a range of projects, measures and opportunities that could be implemented and investigated further to help achieve this pledge. 

The Council would like to hear what your views are on climate change and you can have your say by completing the short online survey:

The deadline for responses is 5pm on 31 October 2019.

Flu Vaccination Survey

Healthwatch County Durham has been asked by Durham County Council’s Public Health team to gather feedback on what people think about the flu vaccination.  We want to find out what discourages eligible people from getting their free flu vaccination and find out what would encourage more people to get vaccinated.

The following are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine: 

  • Children aged 2 - 10 years on 31st August 2019
  • Those aged 65 years old or over   
  • Pregnant women 
  • People with certain medical conditions, aged 6 months – 65 years
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes
  • Carers
  • Those in close contact with immunocompromised individuals
  • Frontline health and social care workers 

We would be grateful if you could complete the survey by following this link:

All responses are anonymous and the deadline for completing the survey is 19 July 2019.