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Local Enterprise Partnership, and Holocaust Memorial Day

Monday, January 27th, 2020

There is much happening in the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Local Enterprise Partnership (SSLEP) at the moment, and I thought that readers might wish to take a moment to familiarise yourselves with it.  A new Chair has been appointed in the shape of Alun Rogers, the Founder of risual, a software development company which some may be familiar with from their work with the Council to implement our digital programme.  Alun is a superb choice for Chair, a local business owner who is focussed on getting the very best for Staffordshire.  Even before his appointment, as Deputy Chair, he has been leading the work on forming the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS), a key document to ensure that the County’s economy continues to prosper and makes the most of the opportunities that business outside the European Union holds.  The LEP launched the consultation a couple of days ago and we’re aiming to submit a single response as a county council which employees have the opportunity to contribute to.  Any thoughts/views should be emailed to: by midnight on 5th February.

We had an excellent Members’ event at Beaconside on Tuesday in which we discussed the Strengths-based Approach for Adult Social Care and Restorative Practice in Child Protection Social Work.  These are hugely important changes for us an authority, and although they come with different terms and tactics, they share a common strategy – that of working closely with families and communities, focussing on what people can do for themselves, rather than on a deficit-based approach of what they can’t do.  Elected Members are enormously important in implementing these policies, and it was hugely encouraging to listen to the level of engagement and conversation around these concepts.  Lastly for this week, Monday 27 January is Holocaust Day, and this year it is particularly poignant as it marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Army in 1945.  We’ve worked with the Holocaust Memorial Trust to produce some material to publicise this event; I would encourage you to browse through it if you have a chance.  Although this year is naturally focussed on the Nazi genocide of European Jews, the reason for having the day is to ensure that such things can never happen again.  Sadly, there are historic examples before and since which suggest that it was not an aberration, and the worrying thing for me was that otherwise and previously decent people convinced themselves and others that killing or denouncing their neighbours was not only all right, but was actually the only proper course of action. It must never happen again.