I hope everyone has got back into the swing of things after what I hope was a refreshing break over the New Year’s period. I also hope that everyone has been able to stick to their New Year’s resolutions!
For Harrow Council, our New Year’s resolutions couldn’t be clearer. Over the last year we established a reputation for being a good Council to do business with. To pick out the highlights from a long list: we won an award for being the “best small business friendly” Council in London; successfully bid for £1.5m from the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund to support the creation of new jobs, work spaces for businesses and a public square in Wealdstone; created over 200 apprenticeships and jobs for our young people and set up numerous shared service arrangements with other Councils. Harrow Council means business.
2016 will see us become even more commercial. Every penny we make through sharing services and being more commercial is another penny that can be spent on vital services from care for children with a disability to parks maintenance and care for the elderly and vulnerable – all of which are being put under financial pressures due to the £83m of Government cuts imposed onto Harrow Council and our residents.
More shared service arrangements are already on their way – I would like to thank officers for all their hard work on these projects.
On the subject of being more business-like, this month I attended a very successful launch of Project Infinity – our exciting new plan for adult social care in Harrow to improve our support and care for the vulnerable, people with a disability and their carers. The event ran very smoothly, and all of the many external partners I spoke to at the meeting were extremely impressed. I have no doubt that this launch will be a springboard into making this project a reality in the coming weeks and months.
Best wishes to all staff for the New Year and I look forward to working with you over the coming months.
Cllr David Perry
Leader of Harrow Council