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Council Leader rings changes for a better future

Article date - 07 December 2018

St Helens Council Leader, Derek Long, has put in place a set of sweeping cabinet changes to strengthen jobs, services and communities in the face of emerging challenges.
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The Leader’s key changes include appointing Parr ward councillor, Kate Groucutt, to take on the new Futures and Performance portfolio. Her lead roles will be to ensure the council can make the best of the funding opportunities within Liverpool City Region and to assist in developing new policies.

With previous health sector experience, Jeanette Banks, who represents the Haydock ward, will now take on responsibility for addressing health inequalities across the borough and a new role of strengthening communities’ voices within the council. Her portfolio has been titled Better Health and Community Voice.

Arts and culture will be located with Andy Bowden, the Deputy Leader.

Another initiative will see Councillor Anthony Johnson, the portfolio holder with responsibility for budgets, challenged with raising new income for the council to help combat current and emerging government cuts.

Other responsibilities will be reviewed to make sure focus is kept on key challenges.

Councillor Long said:

“Our world is changing fast. To keep our edge, we must adapt quickly. These planned changes mean we can build on recent successes, like attracting 1,260 new jobs, to create even more opportunities and better council services for residents.”

With uncertainty growing for many firms around Brexit, Councillor Long also revealed that he will head up an initiative with local business leaders to look at meeting any emerging local problems head on and plot a course to strengthen the local economy.

Councillor Long’s Cabinet changes mean that the portfolios are now distributed equally between men and women.



Councillor Jeanette Banks                                      Councillor Kate Groucutt