Up and Down the A14

Yesterday I had a day back and forth along the A14, firstly I attended a Conservative backbencher meeting looking at the budget proposals for next year and beyond in Adult Social Care and along with a informed group and the Portfolio holder Cllr. Alan Murray we pondered the scale of the savings required and the changes in our Ageing population, the nature of the Health and Wellbeing Boards integration of Health and Social Care and how we might drive out more savings from its back office to protect front line services.

Next it was off to Cambridge to attend the East of England Strategic Authority Leaders meeting to discuss the LGA Rewiring Public Services looking in particular at Financial Stability and how we various members were working on our forward budget plans and how we might lobby government. Kicked off with a presentation from Cllr. David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council about heir budget setting challenge. It was resolved that we would work on a paper focusing on our journey over the past 3 years the difficulties ahead and our thoughts to bring more financial stability to our regions local government moving forward.

We then moved on to Essex’s fascinating experience of Social Impact Bonds and how they lead the way in developing this innovative financial and delivery vehicle to achieve additional savings by working to turn off demand but funded externally by social investors, along with my officers in attendance we agreed we would look at how Suffolk might move this agenda forward.

Next up was a presentation by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Leader Cllr. Martin Curtis on the Greater Cambridge City Deal and as he presented I reflected on the Ipswich City Deal and the similarities of both to drive economic investment. Much is said about the Suffolk County Council not understanding Ipswich and only being about the county, the successful Ipswich City deal is evidence of the nonsense of the comments, but hey its politics and the Leader of Ipswich Borough Council is Labour’s candidate at the next election so his political narrative is hardly going to reflect that you only win these bids if you can demonstrate partnership working across Local Government and business sectors.

Then it was back into the car and off the Babergh Suffolk Association of Local Councils SLAC meeting of Parish Council leaders at Babergh District Council offices in Hadleigh to present the budget proposals for next year and debate with them how they see its impact. The road shows I and the County’s Chief finance officer are undertaking as a part of Suffolk biggest ever conversation are many but well worth it as it gives us the opportunity to listen to a very wide range of opinions as we make these increasingly difficult decisions. Got home at 9:15, supper and then a catch up on the day’s emails.

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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