Spring is in the air

Last week has been a busy week of celebrations for me.  I have been to the ‘All About You’ Awards, The LGIU Awards and also, the lambing season has arrived!

The ‘All About You’ Awards is Staffordshire County Council’s staff award scheme to congratulate winning individuals and teams for their hard work and extra effort that they put in beyond the call of day to day work.  We have been recognising the great work that they do, with many stories of exceptional unsung public service.

I’ve been down to London and was amongst some far more worthy names than myself, for the LGIU (Local Government Information Unit) Awards. I was honoured to say that I was short listed as Leader of the Year!  But well done to Shona Johnstone for winning the Sandy Bruce Lockhart Scholarship and Sir Richard Leese who scooped Leader of the Year Award for his work leading the rebuilding of Manchester centre after the 1996 IRA bomb . It was great to be there – a fantastic day!

I also spent an hour sitting in with our customer service team in the new Staffordshire Place, which was quite eye opening.  Here I saw polite and efficient staff dealing with a wide variety of calls. It really was spot on!  I’m sure that they said in one month they took around 26,000 calls – wow!

And a little more good news, the Staffordshire Local Government Pension Scheme is now valued at £2,718,863,593, meaning it’s up by £300m since September. It shows the asset allocation really does work!

Sheep with their lambs

And finally on the farming front, lambing has started! 23 ewes with 34 lambs so far and thankfully no sign of Schmallenberg Disease, which is worrying many shepherds.


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