Some busy months ahead

We have a busy couple of months ahead of us as we start to plan out our budgets for the next five years.  And, as ever, our priority is to make sure that every pound of what is your money is spent as efficiently and effectively as possible

While we are seeing improvements in the economy both nationally and locally, we are well aware that many families and individuals across Staffordshire are having to make every one of their pounds count.  To help families plan their budgets for the year ahead and not place extra demands on people’s tight finances, we are working towards freezing our council tax again this year, as we have done for the last four years.

And as we will have less money in future years, it is vital that we, along with our partners in the public sector manage our resources even more carefully.  This means that we can continue to provide the valuable services people really need, such as care for elderly people or looking after our vulnerable children.

We continue to look for new ways of working and obtaining results and are proposing changes to some of our services and I would encourage residents to make their views heard in public consultations that we will be running in the months ahead.

I am also pleased to report that we have been shortlisted for the Local Government Chronicle ‘Council of the Year’ Award.  To be recognised in this manner by your peers, you have to clearly demonstrate how the work you are doing is having a positive impact on local people, businesses or the wider community in your area.

Recognition of our efforts in this way also help raise our profile nationally and helps support important work, such as attracting more businesses to invest here to create more jobs for local people, or to influence decision makers in government to provide more funding for the county.

I also have to say that being shortlisted also acknowledges the dedication of staff across the county council in delivering results for the people of Staffordshire.

Just a reminder and with some cold spells predicted over the next few weeks, our gritting teams are waiting to spring into action when needed.  We’ve had fairly mild weather over the winter so far, long may it last, but if the weather does take a turn for the worst we are prepared.  To reassure you we still have 25,000 tonnes of grit in stock to help keep the roads on the move and safe.

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