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October 2017

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

This afternoon I’m meeting with Martin Waters, Head of Homes and Communities at the Tees Valley Combined Authority, to discuss ongoing work to develop a housing investment and delivery plan for Tees Valley. Afterwards, I will be attending the funeral of former Mayor and councillor, Pete Andrew.

Tomorrow, I’m meeting the Council’s Deputy Chief Executive, Julie Danks, to look at how welfare reforms are continuing to have an impact on our residents and how we are preparing for the Government’s roll-out of Universal Credit. I’ll also be catching up on some work in the office.

On Friday morning I’ll attend the weekly Tees Valley Council Leaders’ Group meeting at Cavendish House, before meeting Councillor Graham Chapman, Deputy Leader of Nottingham City Council, to discuss a range of local government issues.

I’m looking forward to going to our Looked After Children Achievement Event at Billingham Forum on Saturday. We are corporate parents to all of these children and it’s so important that we celebrate their achievements and give them the support and encouragement they deserve.

Back to work on Monday and I will have my usual meeting with the Deputy Leader, Councillor Jim Beall and Chief Executive, Neil Schneider, to discuss emerging issues and business for the week ahead. We’ll then review the items coming forward for the next Cabinet meeting on November 16.

On Tuesday I’m attending an event at which we’re hosting Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for England (Adults). Lyn is keen to get around the country to meet with front line social workers as well as elected members and senior officers, and this will be a brilliant opportunity to exchange ideas about how we look after some of our most vulnerable residents.

Of course, I’ll also be keeping a lookout for the Middlesbrough scores during this next week. The tough tests keep coming as we face trips to Reading on Saturday and then Hull City on Tuesday. The team will do well to come away with anything from these games but fingers crossed we can show our real qualities and put on a show for the travelling fans.

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