Vulnerable people at the top of council’s priorities
Safeguarding needs is the focus of county’s strategic plan
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.