Staffordshire County Council leader insists closer public sector working will be needed in 2016

The leader of Staffordshire County Council has called for closer links between public sector services to be developed in 2016.

Philip Atkins

Cllr Philip Atkins

Cllr Philip Atkins insisted the authority would work “even better and even harder” to ensure money is spent effectively across the county.

And he admitted that even more cooperation will be needed.

“Undoubtedly we need to make the £7.2billion public purse spent in Staffordshire work even better and even harder,” he said. “This is our biggest single challenge and partnerships in 2016 will be at the heart of the decisions we take.”

Councils across the country are facing cuts to the funding they receive from Government, but Cllr Atkins said there would not be time to complain about a reduced budget.

He said: “We recognise the challenge and in 2016 our focus must not be on the problem, but on the solutions which will lead us to better outcomes for our residents.

“We need to do more to support people to help themselves, their families and their communities by helping people to make good choices to be active, healthy and independent for as long as possible.

“It is devolution, local people making local decisions and taking on more personal responsibility, as local services become even more locally funded from local taxation.

“In 2016, we will continue to explore with partners how wider devolution could work for Staffordshire around economic growth, skills and productivity and community health.”

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  1. Nomad

    31st December, 2015 at 11:27 am

    There’s that word again devolution ,all we will be devolving powers to will be a mayor and we wont even get a vote on who takes up the position ,its ludicrous to even suggest the general public will have any say in matters .

  2. DeadTake

    31st December, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Staffordshire County Council needs to fix roads, lower taxes, fix the problem with houseing tax bands as a one bedroom flat is equivalent to a 3 bedroom house in Lichfield. What Staffordshire needs is someone who has common sense and who lives in the real world and take charge. Not sit behind a desk and charge us for a Chocolate freddo, while streets go uncleaned, police don’t patrol, crime goes unpunished and meaningless expense made while we all who pay, struggle and have our services reduced.
    In lichfield our council was refurbished….for what reason it was better before and it was a needless expense, yet our taxes go up. The cobbles in the market square in Lichfield has been laid down and broken and been patched up for years at our expense yet the original cobbles would still been in god nick as of today. Yet now they saying it’s going to be ripped up and done again. Give it another year and they’ll do it again. The plans for Lichfield to have it’s own bull ring has made over 5 years ago yet see no light at the end of the tunnel. Should be ashamed of yourself’s.
    I would love to take the hot sit at the staffordshire county council and help rectify their mistakes but its never going to happen.

  3. Eric N Drinkwater

    31st December, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Philip, I know what you are doing is necessary because of the Government cuts to Local Government funding. However I think it is time you looked at the hidden costs e.g. The Civic Budget and the practise of a three course meal for members following every Council meeting which must be in the region of £50 per head. When services to the public are being cut in the Cavalier way that they are, it is hardly fair to continue these type of lavish spends which would not be missed if they were cut.

  4. Thornton

    1st January, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    “We need to do more to support people to help themselves, their families and their communities by helping people to make good choices to be active, healthy and independent for as long as possible.

    A very sensible statement. If some people took care of themselves more and didnt rely so much on the public sector to provide for them then it would be an even better county to live in. with devolution perhaps Lichfield could raise council tax slightly to ensure the very best services could be provided.

  5. Nomad

    30th January, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I think a closer look at what is being spent and spent on what may be in order 624 million in debt I see .