From Les Sharp in Menstrie Matters, March 2015
By the time this article is in print, this year's budget process will be over as far as consultation and decision, with officers now working towards implementing the decision. So - time to sit back and take a break?
Not quite. The whole process will resume in mid March. Then we commence reviewing services, income and finance; and work towards achieving a sustainable way forward for Clackmannanshire - planning our finances for the coming years in order to meet the ongoing challenges before us.
In other areas of the council's work, we are progressing with Health and Social Work Integration. The Transitional Board now in place. I have been fortunate to have been elected as Vice Chair for the first phase, and now look forward to the challenges of delivering changes to how we work, both within our organisations (NHS Forth Valley, Stirling Council and ourselves in Clacks) and also within our communities where the demographics of our society mean change is inevitable.
Partnership working has long been championed as the way forward but, to achieve this, it really does mean a bit of come and go and a lot of understanding of how we all work together to bring change and benefits to our communities for the years to come.
I suppose for me this reflects on how communities work together to achieve outcomes. Gala Day, Community Garden and all the events throughout the year are achieved through partnership working with other groups and individuals who strive to make it all happen. This leads me to a further question:
Could you be a Partner and help to make it happen?
As always I can be contacted at my surgery each Tuesday between 6-7pm in the Dumyat Centre, by e-mail, by phone (07854 370 904) or by personal contact.