Vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple at the top of coun­cil’s pri­or­i­ties

Safe­guard­ing needs is the fo­cus of county’s strate­gic plan

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­

SAFE­GUARD­ING vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple is top of the county coun­cil’s strate­gic plan pri­or­i­ties.

Leader of Bucks County Coun­cil, Martin Tett, spoke about the strate­gic plan, which fo­cuses on what the county coun­cil does this year and the next few years, at a full coun­cil meet­ing on Thurs­day, July 16.

The strate­gic plan is a rolling four year plan, which is re­vis­ited by the county coun­cil on an an­nual ba­sis to take ac­count of emerg­ing is­sues.

Coun­cil­lor Avril Davies said; “It is the map that the county coun­cil needs to keep its eyes on the road, even in dif­fi­cult times.

“The strate­gic plan fo­cuses on safe­guard­ing our vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and build­ing self re­liance and keep­ing Buck­ing­hamshire thriv­ing and at­trac­tive.

Coun­cil­lor Pa­tri­cia Birch­ley said: “I al­ways wanted safe­guard­ing our vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple to be at the top of the strate­gic plan. I think that many peo­ple are quite ig­no­rant of the vast sums of money which are spent on vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, and on their needs.

“The in­crease of the num­ber of older peo­ple is won­der­ful, but the in­crease on the num­ber of peo­ple with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties is not a good thing and I think that this gives us some real fo­cus.”

Mr Tett said that he tried to achieve con­sen­sus be­tween the dif­fer­ent shades of opin­ion within the county coun­cil.

STRAT­EGY: Coun­cil­lor Pa­tri­cia Birch­ley and Bucks County Coun­cil leader Martin Tett

He high­lighted that although peo­ple on the doorstep want their roads and pot­holes fixed, the vast amount of coun­cil money goes to­wards safe­guard­ing the coun­cil’s vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

The pre­vi­ous strate­gic plan, which was set up in 2013, had the fol­low­ing pri­or­i­ties – a thriv­ing econ­omy, value for money, spe­cial en­vi­ron­ment, get­ting in­volved, reach­ing po­ten­tial, a safety net, our trans­port links, speak­ing up for res­i­dents.

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