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Council looks back with pride - and forward with ambition

Article date - 30 September 2016

In the council’s recently released Annual Report 2015/2016, we look back on another year of challenge and change.
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But it is only right that we take time to reflect on our many successes and the progress we’ve made too. Given the challenges we face I am immensely proud of our achievements and I remain strongly optimistic about a prosperous, fair and equal future for the borough.

The commitment of staff and Members has been great and the progress we have seen could not have been made without the significant and continuing contributions from partners, including St Helens CCG and local NHS Trusts, Merseyside Police, St. Helens Chamber, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, St. Helens RLFC, private sector partners, St. Helens College and colleagues across the voluntary and community sectors.

At the same time there is much more to be done and for us to move forward we must be bold and ambitious and continue to develop our programme of transformation to allow us to effectively meet the future needs of the communities we serve.

We have highlighted a number of priority areas of work in the year ahead and beyond that will focus on ensuring St. Helens is a place of aspiration and ambition that is well connected, with a growing economy and a system of health and social care capable of properly meeting the needs of its communities well into the future.

The visible growth of economic investment in the borough, the strong improvement seen in school standards, the excellent performance of adult social care and health services, improvements to the local environment and the award winning Cultural Hubs programme are just some of the areas of achievement outlined within the report.

You can view the council’s Annual Report online and have your say on the council’s spending plans for 2017/18 with the 'You Choose' budget simulator.