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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, 13 December 2017
This morning, I caught up with the Council’s Director of HR, Legal & Communications, Beccy Brown, before heading off to the Universal Credit Workshop at Daryl House this afternoon. The latest we’ve heard is that the Government’s Universal Credit is due to be rolled out in our Borough next summer. This is going to be a huge change affecting a lot of people and if the experiences of other councils are anything to go by we’ve got a lot of work to do to help residents prepare for it.
Tomorrow morning I will be chairing a meeting of the Cabinet in the Jim Cooke Conference Suite. We’ve got a busy agenda including an update on the Medium Term Financial Plan and reports on private sector housing, our domestic abuse policy, and the school performance of vulnerable children and young people in the Borough. There’s also the annual report from the Borough’s Local Safeguarding Children Board.
In the early evening, I’ll be attending an event at the River Tees Watersports Centre to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Catalyst, which provides so much support to the Borough’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector. It’s a real landmark and it’ll be great to look back on all that has been achieved in our communities over this past decade while also looking forward to exciting things still to come.
On Friday morning, I’ll be at the weekly Tees Valley Council Leaders’ Group meeting at Cavendish House before catching up on some work in the office in the afternoon.
Middlesbrough travel to south east London on Saturday to face a Millwall outfit that has taken points off top six sides Sheffield United and Aston Villa in its last two outings. Boro come into the game on the back of a win over Ipswich Town and desperately need another victory to avoid losing more ground on the play-off spots.
I’ll be catching up on work in the office on Monday then on Tuesday morning, I’m meeting Martin Waters, Head of Homes and Communities at the Tees Valley Combined Authority, to receive an update on their plans for investment in housing growth and renewal.
Afterwards, I’m taking a look around the Norton Park housing development ahead of a meeting to discuss parking at Norton Primary Academy.