Politicians in recent times have come in for a lot of criticism: aloof, disinterested, not in tune with the mood of the country and inward looking are some of the most colourful comments. Journalists have fed this frenzy, allowing limited opportunity to get our point of view across. In the main, most politicians are hard working, do care and have a high level of public duty.
Decision making is a major concern. Constituents feel far removed from the decision-making process, resenting the fact that once elected, politicians ignore their wishes or aspirations. There should be no place for those believing in the mantra that “we know best”. The times they are-a-changing.
In my own area of cabinet responsibility, both Health and Social Care are constantly in the news headlines. People are uncertain about where they can go for help, for themselves or their carers. Are they a priority for additional services, if not how can they be assisted in remaining independent and getting support from the many agencies that exist in the Borough? Improving the wealth of knowledge is critical if people are able to retain their quality of life.
Major changes are taking place in Health provision, some good, some not so good, but helping people to remain fit and healthy remains a challenge. Again, help and support is at hand.
Starting on Friday 28th of February from 2pm I will be having an “Open House” session for those concerned in the Borough who are seeking that helping hand. The sessions will last up to two hours. They will be held on the last Friday of each month. People can also write to me if unable to get to the Town Hall or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I am also looking to utilise Skype which is becoming very popular with older people. Further details later.