Join the big econ-versation

Over half a million residents in County Durham are invited to join the big econ-versation on issues which matter to them most – including everything from jobs to opportunities available for our children.

People living and working in County Durham will be able to have their say on a wide range of important issues that affect their lives as part of a three-month-long consultation by Durham County Council.

Covering everything from jobs, wages, education and climate change to health, housing, transport and levelling up, the council is seeking views of people across County Durham to help shape its Inclusive Economic Strategy.

Following an extensive economic review earlier this year, Durham County Council wants to hear from people to help create a new and ambitious economic strategy for the future.

The strategy will harness the county’s strengths, address areas for improvement and understand what people from all walks of life wish to see from their county across a range of diverse issues.

Shaped by residents and businesses, the strategy will become a comprehensive, inclusive plan for County Durham to help it achieve its growth ambitions and secure further investment and support from regional and national private and public sector organisations until 2023.

County Durham is already a major economic force in the North East, with 533,100 residents, supporting 174,000 jobs in 14,565 businesses. It contributes £9 billion to the regional economy each year. With a rich and vibrant cultural scene, Durham has been longlisted for the title of UK City of Culture 2025.

Residents and businesses can join the big econ-versation by visiting People can give their views in response to questions around the themes of people, places, prosperity, and planet.

The deadline for views and comments is 5pm on Friday 22 April.

More information can also be found at

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