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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Leader's blog


Each week Councillor Bob Cook, leader of Stockton Council, writes a blog keeping you in touch with the very latest news.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Today got under way with a meeting with Steve Rose, the Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst, to discuss the latest issues affecting the voluntary and community sector. It is always good to meet with them to learn more about the work they’re doing in our communities.

This afternoon, I am attending an event at Cultures CIC in Dovecot Street to launch three new ‘Schools of Sanctuary’. Two of the schools – Layfield Primary of Yarm and Egglescliffe School and Sixth Form College in Eaglescliffe – are within our Borough, with the third school being based in Middlesbrough.

All of these schools have completed a very demanding assessment process to prove they are worthy of their new status. They deserve huge credit for taking steps to understand refugee and sanctuary issues and ensure that any people arriving in their community seeking asylum are made to feel welcome. This Council was the first authority in the Tees Valley to sign the City of Sanctuary document so we are pleased to see this being built on so positively.

A busy evening awaits with a meeting of Cabinet followed by a meeting of Full Council. The Cabinet agenda includes our Children’s Services Strategy and Adult Social Care Strategy, while the Council agenda includes the Domestic Abuse Strategy.

I am on annual leave from tomorrow but will be back at work on Monday and catching up on work in the office.

On Tuesday morning, I’m attending a procurement meeting in Durham, where among other things, we’ll be working through the North East Procurement Organisation’s (NEPO) Annual Report. I will then hold my regular meeting with the Chief Executive, Neil Schneider, before reviewing the agenda for an upcoming meeting of the Council’s Cabinet.

After that, I’m attending a Members’ Policy Seminar, where Tees Valley Combined Authority Managing Director, Andrew Lewis, will be on hand to bring us up to date on matters relating to the devolution deal for the Tees Valley.