The Cabinet system makes the major decisions about Council services and many others that you use on a day-to-day basis.
The cabinet normally meets monthly. Its role is to lead in the preparation of the council's policies and budget, to lead the community planning process and the attainment of best value. The cabinet is made up of the leader and nine other councillors who are chosen by the county council from the majority party, currently Conservative. Each cabinet member has an individual area of responsibility also known as his/her portfolio.
Earlier this year we agreed a new vision and priorities for the county council – to create a connected Staffordshire where everyone has the opportunity to prosper, be healthy and happier.
This new focus, in addition to the county council taking on responsibility for public health & our continuing leadership around the future of the NHS in Staffordshire, has placed more emphasis than ever before on the health and wellbeing.
With this in mind I have asked Robbie Marshall to focus on this this agenda in his continuing role as Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.
But in recognition of the scale of this work, and the impact of future developments such as the care bill, we have created a new role of Cabinet Member for Care, who will take on responsibility for those people in most need our support, in particular older people and those with disabilities.
Alan White will take on this new role, having served as a cabinet support member since May, with immediate effect.
As part of these changes, Mike Lawrence will take on responsibility for the equally important area of children’s services, and his job title will change accordingly to Cabinet Member for Children, Communities and Localism.
The new Cabinet Structure is as follows:-
Cabinet Members (7)
Leader of the Council - Philip Atkins
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Resources and Transformation - Ian Parry
Cabinet Member for Care - Alan White
Cabinet Member for Children, Communities and Localism - Mike Lawrence
Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure - Mark Winnington
Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing - Robbie Marshall
Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills - Ben Adams
Support Members (3)
Environment and Rural Affairs - Gill Heath
Public Health and Community Safety - Mark Sutton
Transport and the Connected County - Simon Tagg
Cabinet meetings are also webcast. View cabinet webcasts.