Different Reflections

How time flies along, last Tuesday I had a packed day presenting along with my fellow SCC Cabinet member Lisa Chambers to a cohort of students at West Suffolk College. Hopefully in the two sessions we ran we give the students a flavour of Local Government and how it works. I find the discussion sessions really useful to feedback on what life is like for younger people and the services or lack of them that re provided. The two key things I took away from the morning was firstly how little feedback loop there is to the decision makers in Local Government from young people’s perspective and we need to work out how to improve that. Secondly when you look at the system up on a screen and are trying to explain it to an audience, it truly is a silly way to organize services. Whatever the debate is about the right size of a Unitary Council is one thing but the two tier system (the historic position) can’t be the right one.

Then it was off to Warwick University, with a couple of meetings along the way, to be ready for my following morning slot at this year’s LGA Leadership Academy: Political Leadership in Adult Social Care and Health. I did the course myself as a slightly overwhelmed new cabinet member for Adult Social Care some 4 years ago and recall listening to the various speakers wondering if I would ever get my head around this vast subject area.

Now I was back to give the opening session address setting the scene at the start of the two day course with a session entitled ‘Key issues around funding’ – the Agenda said ‘this session will look at the Leadership challenges of operating within the current financial situation and provide a view from a Member to ‘set the scene’ for the rest of the academy’ so no pressure there then.

In my speech I commented how much the world had changed since I sat where the delegates sat and how today the challenges seem far more daunting than they were 4 years ago not only with the financial challenge which is considerable, the increasingly defined numbers around an ageing population but the radically changing landscape of the forthcoming care and support bill. A lively discussion followed my words and I hope it set them up for a really good couple of days learning, something we all are constantly trying to do as the landscape changes and the challenges grow ever bigger.

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 Lance Stanbury on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Park Farm Cottage, Fordham St. Genevieve, BurySt. Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TS

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