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2006 New Role Heading Up Community Services

After a year as Cabinet Member for Children and Families, I have been given joint responsibility for Community Services.

I have been appointed Joint Cabinet Member for Adult and Community Services, working closely with John Thomson, the new Deputy Leader of the Council. Together with John, I am responsible for services to older people, people with physical and sensory disabilities, and those with learning disabilities; the promotion of good mental health; community planning and libraries.

I have very much enjoyed my role as Cabinet Member for Children and Families over the past year, and am confident that I have put in place a focus on prevention and early intervention, which will benefit children and young people for years to come.

Children and families are still very close to my heart and I will continue, both locally and nationally, to champion the vital role of parents. I am confident that my successor, Mrs Bridget Wayman, from Mere, will carry on the good work I have begun.

My new role brings many challenges, with local Primary Care Trusts focussed on balancing their budgets, an ageing population and an increase in the number of people with severe disabilities. I am looking forward to these challenges and to an exciting year aheadů