Find out about our key strategies, plans and policies.

Eight key strategies, plans and policies

Link to policy Description
The council plan The council plan is the cornerstone of our policy framework. It provides the basis for all that we do and for the many other plans and strategies that we must produce. It will help shape our budgets.
Medium-term financial strategy The medium-term financial strategy sets out how resources will be put in place to support the delivery of the council plan, and to enable priorities and service objectives to be achieved. The strategy can be found on pages 43 to 145 of the executive report to the council appendices booklet.
Corporate equality policy statement We are committed to equality and to making fair treatment an important part of everything we do. This statement sets out how we will achieve our aims.
Being Young in North Yorkshire The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Strategy for children and young people living in North Yorkshire.
Joint health and wellbeing strategy The joint health and wellbeing strategy, is produced by the health and wellbeing board. It explains what health and wellbeing priorities the board has set in order to tackle identified needs. It is not about taking action on everything at once, but about setting priorities for joint action and making a real impact on people's lives.
Local development framework As the minerals and waste planning authority for the parts of the county outside the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks, we have a statutory duty to prepare a minerals and waste development framework, containing proposals and policies to guide minerals and waste planning decisions.
The local transport plan The local transport plan is a set of documents that the Government requires all local transport authorities to produce. The plan sets out our plans and strategies for maintaining and improving all aspects of the local transport system over a set period of time. We adopted the plan to cover the period from 2016 to 2045 in February 2016.
 Let's Talk Less Rubbish waste strategy (pdf / 5 MB) "Let's talk less rubbish" is the strategy that sets out how waste in York and North Yorkshire will be dealt with in the next 20 years.

Other strategies, plans and policies

Link to policy Description
 Permanency Strategy 2019 - 2021 (pdf / 1 MB) This policy outlines how the local authority will achieve permanence for our children and young people, providing the stability they need whether this is in a foster family, adoptive family, or in other types of placement where they can achieve a sense of security, stability and belonging.
Council constitution The constitution sets out how the council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. It also details our policy framework which includes documents which are approved by the full county council.
 Carers strategy - caring for carers 2017-22 (pdf / 3 MB) Caring for carers sets out North Yorkshire’s over-arching strategy for promoting carers' health and wellbeing. It has been produced by the health and wellbeing board for North Yorkshire, working on behalf of local residents. It is an all-ages strategy, aimed at supporting carers to both continue caring and to have a life of their own.
 Transformation plan for children and young people’s emotional and mental health (pdf / 9 MB) Our transformation plan for children and young people's emotional and mental health up to 2020, working in partnership with local clinical commissioning groups.
 Closing the gap in early years strategy 2015 - 2018 (pdf / 619 KB) A strategy for all early years providers, practitioners and local authority services working with young children from 0-5 years.
Strategy for school improvement North Yorkshire's strategy and support for partnership working with schools and settings to improve outcomes for all children and young people.
 A plan for economic growth 2021 to 2024 (pdf / 4 MB) This document outlines the council’s vision for economic growth and identifies its role in supporting this aspiration. Economic growth can lead to better quality of life for all of the county’s citizens by increasing average wages, improving long-term health outcomes, addressing economic inequality and creating greater levels of choice and fulfilment for those people wishing to live and work in North Yorkshire.
Corporate governance policy We are committed to demonstrating good corporate governance. This code sets out what the governance arrangements are, and who is responsible for them within the council. It also explains how the arrangements will be kept under review and monitored for compliance.
Annual Governance Statement The preparation and publication of this Annual Governance Statement is in accordance with CIPFA/Solace Delivering Good Governance in Local Government: Framework (2016) and fulfils the statutory requirements to conduct a review at least once in each financial year of the effectiveness of governance arrangements and system of internal control.
Family and friends care policy This policy, developed in conjunction with our Permanency Strategy and our Looked After Children and Care Leavers Strategy: ‘We Care Because You Matter’, sets out North Yorkshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Services` approach to promoting and supporting the needs of children through ‘Family and Friends care’. The policy covers the legal framework that ‘Family and Friends care’ is based upon, how North Yorkshire County Council promotes it and the different arrangements through which a child might be brought up by relatives or friends.
Special Guardianship Policy – 2020 North Yorkshire County Council has produced this policy to provide clear information and guidance around Special Guardianship Support Services, including assessment for support services and financial support. The policy should be read in conjunction with the Family and Friends Policy.
Modern slavery statement This statement sets out our actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our own business or our supply chains.
Health and safety policy The health and safety policy includes our financial and legal responsibilities and duties that we have for the health, safety and welfare of our employees and others affected by our activities.
 Strategic plan for SEND education provision 0-25, 2018 to 2023 (pdf / 3 MB) This plan sets out what we will do to develop and improve education provision for children and young people with SEND in North Yorkshire.
We care because you matter ‘We care because you matter’ is our strategy for looked after children and young people, and those leaving care.

 North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service Strategic Plan 2018-20 (pdf / 644 KB)

Strategic plan to reduce offending by young people in North Yorkshire, both to promote their individual welfare and to protect victims and communities from harm.

 Mobile Communications Strategy (pdf / 3 MB) The Mobile Communications Strategy sets out the County Council’s plans to support economic growth through the delivery of improved mobile connectivity whilst preparing the county for the next generation of mobile technology.
 Spatial Framework (pdf / 4 MB) The Spatial Framework is a non-statutory document that outlines the vision and priorities for growth, and the overall spatial strategy for the York, North Yorkshire, East Riding and Hull sub region.

Your library, your place 2020-2030


The library strategy focuses on four core aims for North Yorkshire, set against the proven outcomes research shows that libraries deliver: raising aspirations, stimulating enjoyment of culture and helping people live independent lives.
 Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) Deficit Management (pdf / 1 MB)

The grant conditions for the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) require that any Local Authority with an overall deficit on its DSG account at the end of the 2019 to 2020 financial year, or whose DSG surplus has substantially reduced during the year develops a plan for managing their future DSG spend. Local Authorities are required to share this information with their stakeholders, such as schools forums, parent and carer forum, local headteacher boards or groups, and also with the Department for Education.

Bus Service Improvement Plan Read our Bus Service Improvement Plan.

Additional health and wellbeing strategies can be found here.