A New Role

So the dust has settled on the County Council election and we re-merge to reflect on the results and think about the next 4 years.

Firstly the council chamber will be a very different place. Full of new blood and political vigour, hopefully it will be a more combative political space as the previous one was not due to the lack lustre performance of both the Liberal and Labour groups. The Liberals have been reduced to little more than a fringe party such as the Greens and after Labour,  UKIP are the largest opposition and their instincts are to the right of us; all in all should be an interesting chamber.

If politics is anything it should be about debate and rigour to arrive at the right decisions. We Conservatives won, just and so I think people feel we have the right way forward but it should be debated properly with a vigorous opposition.

We set out an Manifesto built on the back bone of 4 years of no Council Tax increases and a radical programme of pledges to improve the lives of residents of Suffolk.

As a part of that I have a new role moving from having the political responsibility for Health and Adult Care to Finance.

Cllr. Alan Murray is taking over my former role and I know, having worked closely with him in his former role of Chairman of the Health Scrutiny Committee, that he will hit the ground running.

I hope, in my time as Cabinet member for Health and Adult Care I leave it with a much better sense of direction, efficiency and strategy moving forward. It has a very focused and motivated team who I know will support Alan in the difficult task ahead.

Form the transfer of the last Council run Care Homes and the £60million investment; to the Supporting lives, Connecting communities we have the strategy in place to cope with a rising number of people needing services with a limited budget to do so.

Taking about difficult tasks ahead I take over Finance at a time of unprecedented difficult budgets constrains. With the possible exception of the Labour Party who seem to believe in the money tree, we all know that the fiscal madness of 13 years of Labour Government has to stop and the amount of money that government can provide Local Government is finite.

Whatever your politics, essentially Local Government has two principle roles to deliver quality services and as holders of the public purse to spend the money it gets, wisely.

In the election we saw from Labour that their spend, spend, spend then Tax, Tax, Tax ethos is very much alive and kicking, and eventually when the liberals did actually publish something it was as usual a mix of nonsense and unsustainable spending on their pet projects.

So the hallmark of my time running the Council budget will be two fold, holding the opposition to account when they come up no doubt populist but unsustainable spending proposal and engaging with residents as to what and how we spend the budget on, ever mindful it’s their hard earned money.

We live in interesting times and the next 4 years will certainly be that.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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