Regular Meeting with Suffolk’s MPs
08/02/2011 Leave a comment
Yesterday afternoon the Cabinet of Suffolk County Council, Andrea Hill our Chief Executive and William Hooper our political support officer travelled up to Portcullis House, next to the Houses of Parliament where we met with all of Suffolk’s MPs. We all aim to do this once every few months with the meeting venue alternating between Endeavour House in Ipswich and Portcullis House in London.
These meetings are extremely useful so we can share the work we are respectively doing on behalf of the people of Suffolk; from the delivery on the ground which is our responsibility, to the need to change legislation which is theirs.
Matthew Hancock MP chaired the meeting and we had a wide ranging conversation about the issues that effect Suffolk today, such as the School Crossing Patrols where staff have to be employed by the County Council or the Police to be able to actually stop traffic so kids can cross the road on their way to or from School; a ridiculous state of affairs.
We discussed Suffolk’s Budget and the implications of the cuts we are proposing for next weeks full Council Budget Debate; we talked about Libraries, Care Homes, Leps, Broadband and the differences between our approach to the Cuts that we are required to make as our contribution to the National Deficit – a very wide ranging set of subjects indeed and another very useful meeting.
After the main meeting I had a cup of coffee with Peter Aldous MP and we spoke about the Disability Mobility Allowance for those in residential care, how changes to the legislation will affect those who receive it, and the work he and I are respectively doing on this important subject.
Then it was back onto the underground to King’s Cross and then to Ely so I was back in time to attend the Lakenheath Parish Council Meeting to discuss the important subject of Lakenheath Library that the Parish Council had kindly agreed to put on their Agenda for yesterday evening.