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Welcoming new county councillors

Friday, May 26th, 2017

This week we had our first Full Council meeting since the election in May and welcomed 31 new members to the Chamber. As well as welcoming our new colleagues and looking forward to working with them to help improve the lives of people in Staffordshire, the meeting was also an opportunity to thank former councillors for all their hard work for the council and for the communities they represented.

I will continue as leader of the council and announced my Cabinet which has been shaped to give members an even greater influence on how the council works with local communities in particular.  In addition to executive and scrutiny roles, the new administration will also see dedicated support members assigned to borough and districts to help shape more community-led action over the coming years.

Four new All Party Member Groups will also be created to support the council’s long term policy ambitions and look into specific potential issues and proposals for how public services can continue to deliver better outcomes for Staffordshire people.

I would also like to welcome Michael Greatorex and Kath Perry who were chosen as Chairman and Vice  Chairman of the county council and wish them well in their new roles.

As I have spoken about many times before we have a good track record on delivering on investment, growing the economy, creating quality jobs and working with families to ensure children and young people get the best start in life, but we are not complacent and know there is more hard work yet to be done.

There will be more challenges ahead, but over the next four years our key priorities will be to continue to grow a strong economy, focus more on skills and learning, work to deliver better joined up health and social care and support communities to take action on the issues which are important to them.

New Vice Chair Kath Perry and Chair Michael Greatorex