27 June – Community News from Derbyshire County Council – dual carriageways clean, helping us to recycle, cost of living support, jobs & training for young people, care leavers' bill help, £570m regeneration, Work for Derbyshire

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'Spring clean' for dual carriageways

As you're travelling around the county this summer you may come across teams of workers giving our dual carriageways a spruce up.


The annual 'spring' clean of dual carriageways in Derbyshire starts in July.

We give them a good tidy, a verge trim, clear drains and fix potholes, working with our friends from district and borough councils.

We used to do this earlier in the year, but now delay this until later in the summer to give plants in the verges time to flower or seed.

Some roads will be closed, some have lane closures, but we'll be avoiding the busiest times of the day/week where we can.

Please help us recycle by pre-sorting


It's a strange thing but since the pandemic started, we're finding that fewer people are pre-sorting the waste they bring to our household waste recycling centres.

Please can you help us recycle what can be recycled by separating the waste out into its different types and then putting it in the right container.

Why not take a couple of minutes to watch our video on pre-sorting rubbish and why it's so important.

Our contractors are intercepting recyclable waste where they can but it would be great if you could help by doing it before you arrive. Thank you

Cost of Living support

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Costs are rising and it can be hard to know where to turn if you’re struggling to make ends meet.

Derbyshire County Council has put together a new webpage full of advice and help available locally.

There’s lots of advice and support available to you from help managing debt to checking you’re getting all the benefits you are entitled to.

There’s also information about energy efficiency, cutting down on food waste and details about services you might not know that the council offers.

Jobs and training help for young people

Do you know a young person in Chesterfield or surrounding areas who might need some support to get into work or training? 

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YES Derbyshire (Youth Employment Support), is a joint initiative between us and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help young people aged 16 to 24 to take advantage of a range of support services to help move into employment or training.

Together we've developed an inviting and engaging space called the Youth Hub, offering one-to-one appointments with qualified advisors to help young people explore their options on jobs and training, as well as health and wellbeing. The aim is to provide an alternative space away from the Job Centre.

Careers advice for all Derbyshire residents can be found on our website. Find out more and register for help online with our careers service.

Helping care leavers with their bills

Young people leaving our care will soon be able to save money on their household bills after we secured an agreement with one of the UK’s largest water companies.

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We've joined Severn Trent’s ‘Big Difference Scheme’ which can help customers who are on a low income and struggling to pay their water charges.

The plan will see discounts extended to hundreds of young people across Derbyshire aged between 18 and 24, reducing their average yearly water bill by 70 per cent, when they leave care.

Update on our £570m regeneration

Did you know there are more than 50 major regeneration projects in Derbyshire planned by us, districts and boroughs, and the government over the next few years?


Projects already under way include Ashbourne Airfield Expansion, Hollis Lane Link Road Phase 1, and Fairfield / Hogshaw Enabling Infrastructure.

And there are many more other projects being prepared, including Swarkestone Causeway, pictured, Ashbourne Relief Road and East Midlands Freeport.

Work for Derbyshire

Are you looking for work? We have more than 350 jobs available across the council in a range of roles.

The areas looking to recruit include countryside, administration, care, social work, education, caretaking and cleaning. You can find out more about working for our countryside service in this video.

Check out the jobs section of our website for information about our current vacancies, applying for our jobs, what it’s like to work with us and the different services we provide.

You can also follow our dedicated careers Facebook and LinkedIn pages for the latest jobs news.

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