What’s been happening lately?

Well we’re really excited about our recent announcement of the biggest integration of social care and health services in the country. I’m sure you will agree this is brilliant news, it means less time in hospital and more treatment at home as we’ve moved social care workers to the NHS. We plan to transfer nearly 1,000 Adult Social Care staff to the NHS in what will be the UK’s biggest integrated health and social care provider.

As January is usually the month for saving money for most of us after Christmas, our finance lead has revealed plans to transform the way the county buys in services – bringing in savings of £5 million from 2012 and another  £10 million from 2013.

And I don’t know about you, but it finally started to feel like winter earlier in the week, maybe we will be getting some snow after all.  Well, if we do, our specialist salt trial will be all the more worthwhile.  We could be saving Staffordshire taxpayers £150,000 per year by using a powerful new grit solution which tackles ice and snow at temperatures as low as -10 degrees.

We also have the small matter of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year, and we are proud to be hosting a Service of Thanksgiving at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday 19 February.  The event is being hosted both by the county council and the Lord-Lieutenant.  We are delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, who will be in attendance.

Also coming up in February is the all important announcement of our next Lord-Lieutenant replacing the current Lord-Lieutenant Sir James Hawley who has served for 18 years.

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